How to Look at Your Glass Always Being Half Full!

When something bad happens,  when things aren’t going the way you planned, when you feel out of control—it’s easy to transform into a Debbie Downer—the difference between looking at your glass as half-empty as opposed to half-full.

So, how do you psych yourself to look at the positive side?

Here are some of the ways that I cope with the everyday hassles:

Positive Speak—Instead of talking about a deal that fell through, change the conversation to what you “learned” from the experience.

What’s Good about It – When my children were younger, I took a day off from work to take them to a State Park about 100 miles from home.  When we got there—it was pouring rain.  Instead of finding an activity indoors, I turned it into a “rain hike” which they remember to this day.

Write It Down – Sometime during the day, write down a few good things that happened to you. Post it on social media or share with friends.

Forgive – I hired a loan officer who cost me $30,000 in unpaid appraisal fees.  I fired him.  He started his own company (oh, and right next door to me) and the real estate agents went with him. I was bitter for a long time.  Then I thought to myself—“Hey, I didn’t want to do business with those agents anyway,” and started to cultivate my own referral group.  “Forgiveness” ended up helping me do more business (and quality business) than he did.

Smile—A Lot – Not only are smiles contagious, but finding the humor in a situation can make it better for everyone involved.

Choose To Be Happy – It’s the same as deciding to work out or eat healthy—only you can choose whether you look at the glass half empty or half full.

So, what do you do when life gives you lemons?  How do you turn it into a glass half-full of lemonade?