Challenge: To the Semi-Negative

I had a customer come into work last night. We made friendly banter, and I offhandedly made two — well let’s put it this way — not completely positive comments. They were in jest, and I thought nothing of it.

He left, we said goodnight, and all was quiet, except for the whirring of machines and the store radio. But then, mid-pulling out, he came back.

“I noticed what you said there,” he said. “Look, you’re a good kid. Try not saying anything negative for the next hour.”

I thanked him and initially thought he was overreacting. But then I saw his point.

Negative thoughts creep up on us like body fat. Oh, I’ll just eat this or that, it’s not much, but at the end of the day, the scale tells a different story. Poor analogy, but you get the point. You may think something, or another thing, and not think much of it at the time. But at the end of the day, all those thoughts, put together, are either going to lift your spirit or bury you in the ground.

You don’t have to be negative to not be positive.

Guard your mind. Try reversing negative situations into positive ones. If you make a mistake, no matter its size, just tell yourself, “well, I’ll know not to do that next time.”

Learn to laugh at yourself.

Speaking of mistakes, I love this quote by one of my all-time favorite inspirational speakers: Gary Vaynerchuck.

It doesn’t matter what my biggest mistakes are, it just matters what I do with those things going forward .

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Treat every moment as a learning experience. And for the sake of everything good and tasty — let’s say this together — be positive.

And, I respect you, sir.

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