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It's About the Positive

Negative thoughts can suck the life out of you and your business. Keep them at bay--and keep the positive flowing in.

This story appears in the May 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

In this high-speed, high-intensity, high-stakes, leave-'em-high-and-dry world, moments of clarity are hard to come by. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, try to remember the last time you were able to relax--I mean really relax--for a decent amount of time. I'm not talking about putting your feet up and reading the paper for an hour. Let's face it--reading the paper alone is enough to get you all riled up again. This morning I read about the Middle East, a local train wreck and the scandals in the Catholic Church--all before I ate my bowl of Cream of Wheat. Not exactly conducive to a relaxed state of mind.

I've come to realize that escaping the "real world" requires a redefinition of what the real world is. Sure, the crises and murders and scandals and drug busts are part of it, but isn't there so much more? The air in the mountains, the trees in the woods, the sand on the beach, the dust on your shoes--aren't they just as real? And yet they're free of the stress and trauma associated with typical "real-world" things. So why do we spend so much time with the negative and ignore the positive?

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