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#IntentionalPositivity: Changing the Impossible!

Nov 28, 2018 09:29AM ● By Laurie James

Bill Cantrell authored the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books. At a local networking event, I heard him share about his humble beginnings. Bill said that the first years were the toughest. He dreamed of earning $100,000 in a single year, but that amount seemed impossible to achieve. He decided to create a fake $100,000 bill and thumbtacked it to the ceiling above his bed. Every night, he would go to sleep dreaming of that $100K. Through this consistent effort, he willed his dream into existence.

We all go through circumstances that make our future seem insurmountable at the time. With the right mindset, though, we are able to conquer any potential obstacles that come our way. The secret is to change our attitude. At the end of the day, you are in charge of your own attitude. Through creative grammar and thinking, you can change impossible to I’m POSSIBLE!!

P – Poise yourself for success. Create a goal that scares your gut but comes from your heart. Focus on a positive outcome, and the rest will take care of itself. Negativity spreads like wildfire, so don’t buy into it. Focus on the potential possibility of great things.

O – Own your shortcomings. We can’t do life alone, but we can surround ourselves with other people who will lift us up to success and help us change our own outlook.

S – Send out positivity to others. Cheer them on to success. We reap what we sow, so sew up a quilt of affirmative positivity!

S – Seek out the best information for your career path. Do your homework.  Ask those who have succeeded. Ask people you trust. Asking for help gives someone else the opportunity to help you. People want to help. Get a mentor and soak up everything you can. Soon, someone will seek you out!

I – Isolate negative feelings … think about ways to defeat them, and spin them into positivity. If your boss fusses at you for sending out something too quickly, remember that efficiency comes at every speed. Own your mistake, and then work on improvement with the understanding that we all have room for improvement. Let it geaux! Move on! Next!

B – Be intentional in mind, body, and spirit. EVERY situation has a positive. If you’ve had a dream of opening your own business, get your mind around the possibility that you can succeed! Focus on the outcome, and the details will present themselves when you’re ready to turn them into results.

L – Live in the moment. Picture yourself at a live concert. If everyone around you is holding up their cell phones to record the moment, consider putting your cell phone in your purse and watching! It’s amazing how fulfilling being “in the moment” can be.

E – Exercise your right to change your way of thinking. You may need to change your playbook, but that’s okay. The most successful people are the ones who keep tweaking their business mode!

Don’t worry about what will or will not happen—enjoy your present; it’s a GIFT. Now go out there and make it a great day!


 About the Author: Laurie J. James is one of the only 12 Master Career Directors globally. She co-founded and presided over the Professional Resume Writing and Research Association from 2000-2004. PRWRA rebranded to Career Directors in 2005. Laurie has created 10,000+ job-winning resumes in her career. She is a credentialed resume & LinkedIn profile writer, seasoned public speaker and award-winning career image coach. Visit her at www.lauriejjames.com or click here for more articles by Laurie J. James.