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Denise’s Page: Against the Wind

"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are times when trying to manage the multitude of problems inherent in running a collision repair shop can become just too much. Dealing constantly with pressures and complaints can sometimes make the best of us feel like we are forever standing in the shadows.

So, how do we again find our way to the sunshine? Believe it or not, it doesn’t require solving all of life’s problems so that the pressure will subside.

Noted author and psychologist, William James, said, “One’s happiness is not dependent upon solving one’s problems. One’s happiness is dependent upon the ability to change your attitude towards your problems.

The key word here is obviously attitude.

Your attitude is everything.

Studies of entrepreneurs have shown that the most successful score well above average not in intelligence or business acumen as might be expected, but in optimism.

They are the kind of people who put little emphasis on setbacks because they’re fully confident that things will work out for the best.

Some major corporations have instituted testing for potential sales employees. They test not salesmanship, but optimism levels. These companies have determined that the more optimistic a salesman is, the more he will sell.

Everyone faces day-to-day problems, and some days can be downright difficult.

But, as Winston Churchill said, “Kites rise against the wind, not with it.” So when you’re facing a tough situation, try to put things in perspective.

Take a step back from the problem or problems. Walk away from the annoyance for a few minutes or hours, maybe even days if necessary. Do what it takes to allow you to face the difficulties with a clear head and the right attitude.

Always remember, no-thing or no one can ruin your day – except you.

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