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      Overcome Negativity in the World – Be Positive

      Have you noticed that there is a lot of negativity in the world these days?

      There’s negativity in the news.

      There’s negativity in the water cooler conversations at the office.

      There’s even negativity at the dinner table.

      All this negativity is dragging us down.

      We are better than that.

      What happened to “always look on the bright side of life”?

      What happened to the glass is half full?

      What happened to positivity?

      My wife and I were talking the other day about the importance of bringing a right attitude – a more positive attitude – into the New Year.

      While we know we will face challenges, we have decided to implement a practice of daily positivity. Each day, instead of asking ”How was your day?”, we will be asking each other “What were 3 wins for you today?”

      Can you see how this changes things?

      We started today when my wife arrived home from work (she’s a kindergarten teacher)?

      I gave her my 3 wins, and I’ll share them with you here:

      1. I got my cap fixed (temporarily). Over the holiday, my cap (my one and only) broke. I called my dentist, and today was the first day they were back in the office since the cap broke. They got me in for an appointment this afternoon, and they hooked me up with a temporary crown while the new one is built.
      2. I fixed the garage door opener. It was a simple fix really, but the key pad outside our garage hadn’t worked right for quite a while. After reading some instructions, I learned that there was a battery in the key pad. Thankfully, I had a new 9-Volt battery laying around. I grabbed a screwdriver and replaced the battery, and the keypad works like new now.
      3. While I was in the fixing mode, I decided to call the hot tub manufacturer about a problem I had noticed with the control panel for our hot tub. While I was on the phone, I realized that the control panel was actually still working fine. I just needed to order a couple on new light bulbs to provide the appropriate back lighting to see the control panel in the dark. It may not seem like all that big of a deal, but it was a win for me.

      Developing a positive attitude requires an intentional pursuit of finding the good in all things.

      As you start the new year, I encourage you to look for the positive. Go against the cultural norm, and be a light for the good in this world. A positive approach to your life can make a huge difference for those around you.

      What was one of your big wins today?