Making Lemonade Out of Lemons: Turning the Negatives to Positives

by | Dec 13, 2009 | Mindset

Have you ever found yourself looking at yourself through the prism of a nay-sayer? It’s not a pretty picture, is it? But is it true?

The thing is, a negative person will only see the bad in you … and they will, more than likely, exaggerate it. So how do you get through to the truth of what they see and learn from it?

What is the grain of truth?
Most tall tales are based on a grain of truth. So, it seems to me that there just may be a grain of truth to what the negative person says about you. What is it? Can you accept that bit of darkness within you? Love it for the lesson it was meant to be. Now turn it around … you now have a clear idea of at least one area you need to work on to be a better person.

When it comes to business, you will have clients and customers that will complain about your product or service. Do this same exercise so that you can improve it and make it better.

Does the negativity have merit?
Sometimes you’ll receive complaints and derogatory statements from negative people who are not your target market. For example, I wrote a cookbook that received the complaint that there were no “from scratch” recipes in it. Well, the point of the cook book was to offer quick and easy recipes that didn’t require the work of making desserts from scratch. So, although the statement was valid … it didn’t have merit within the context of the cookbook.

Take a look at the negative statement and see if it is just coming from the wrong angle. Remember, you won’t please everyone … and you don’t need to.

Keeping these two tips in mind, you should be able to keep a successful business mindset even in the face of adversity.


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