I've always been known for being positive. In fact, the words to that old Johnny Mercer ditty above could be my theme song. I'm the one who sees the glass half full, the sun on a mostly cloudy day, and the best in people. My cheerful attitude has served me well, while occasionally annoying chronic naysayers.
However, I do acknowledge the benefits of pausing positivity once in a while to contemplate the negative. This simple practice could be your breakthrough to more success.
As we head into the last month of the year and reflect on 2011 to prepare for 2012, I invite you to think about what didn't go right this year.
It might be the business or personal relationship that never took off the way you thought it would. Or the resolution to lose weight, save more money or learn Spanish that stays on your list each year and never gets checked off.
On a piece of paper, write numbers one to ten along the left margin. Make a list of all those failures and disappointments (notice I didn't label them deferred successes!) and take these three steps:
1) Ask yourself if each item on your list is still important to you. Cross the ones that aren't off your list.
2) Forgive yourself for not achieving these goals yet so you can proceed with a positive attitude. It helps if you've done your Success List.
3) Ask yourself what you've learned so far about what it takes to achieve each goal and what you will do differently for a better outcome. Take your time answering this and allow your wise subconscious mind to help by asking before you go to sleep or meditate. Then, notice what insights emerge. This might be a need for more education, a coach or mentor for accountability, or a buddy who shares the same aspiration.
I'll be playing with this process and let you know what develops. I hope you do, too. Share your wisdom on my Facebook Page or reply to me. I love hearing from you!
To Your Wisdom,
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