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How to Survive the Tough Times

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Michael Beck - Expert Author

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LookÖ Letís be honest. Thereís no "one size fits all" solution to survival during challenging times. But there are some strategies that will help no matter what situation you and your business are in.

The first strategy, for starters, is not to take things too seriously. I know that there can be significant consequences as a result of the things we do or donít do, but in the big picture Ė in the scope of things that REALLY matter Ė these consequences are incidental. Have you ever heard the expression, "Donít sweat the small stuff, and everything is small stuff"? When you put the everyday occurrences of life into perspective, most of them donít really matter all that much.

Itís more important than ever in tough times to keep everything in its proper perspective. "Things" donít matter all that much. Itís nice to have toys and gadgets, but toys can be replaced and we can still enjoy life without every latest gadget. Yes,Ö itís important to make a good impression, but as Iíve said over and over for many years, PEOPLE ARE ATTRACTED TO YOU BY WHO YOU ARE. People arenít attracted to you by the suit you wear or the toys you have. Itís "who you are as a person" that causes people to be attracted to you, choose to do business with you, and decide to follow you.

Donít get me wrong, toys, gadgets, and suits are nice to have. My point is simply that if you have to forego some of them in tough times, it wonít have much bearing on your success. Donít take things so seriously. Instead, during tough times, be the best "you" that you can be. A good place to start is by working on your attitude. People want to be around positive people. In addition, positive people are more creative. When they are faced with a challenge, they decide to overcome it and are solution-oriented. Negative people tend to focus on the obstacle and get "stuck".

How do you work on attitude? Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Cut out the negative messages. Stop watching TV news. Stop reading the newspaper. Trust me. In this day and age, you canít help but hear about the really important things. Thereís no need to seek them out (along with all the negative news and stories). Avoid negative people. What you focus on determines your reality. If you hang around with people who see everything in a negative light, you will see everything in a negative light. It will become your reality. You can see where Iím headed with this. If you want positive things to happen in your life, hang out with positive people. Positive people share what works; negative people share what doesnít work. Your present reality will slowly shift to a more positive reality as you associate with positive people..

If you really want to kick your attitude into high gear, donít just eliminate negative messages, decide to introduce positive messages. Get your hands on some tapes or CDís that will help you grow. Listen to motivational and personal growth programs. Will you notice an immediate change? No. But you will over timeÖ


About the Author

Written by Michael Beck, an Executive Coach and Strategist specializing in employee engagement, executive development, and leadership effectiveness. Connect on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mjbeck and visit www.michaeljbeck.com to learn more.



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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-12-09 12:06:19 in Personal Articles

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