As the publisher of this paper I get a lot of feedback not only about the paper but about the team we have in place, the columnists that we have chosen to partner with, and the advertisers we work hard with to help grow their business. I am a huge believer in positive thinking, so no matter what the feedback I take every word and turn it into a positive lesson or enriching motivation to make this the best community newspaper possible.
Since the day I had my first child, if I woke up in the morning and told myself it was going to be a great day, things just went well. If I woke up mad and frustrated, it was obviously a not so good day.
I take responsibility for everything I do. I never blame my faults on other people. (Other than blaming my nutritionist-at-heart mother earlier this week for allowing her daughter to get this much out of shape… I know, I know… not her fault). I say sorry, and I mean it when I’m wrong, and I say thank you to everyone in my life as much as I can. I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for my family, friends and team at work. I live by a “Givers Gain” philosophy, the more people we help the happier we’ll be. I did this even before I became a member of Business Networking International (BNI), a networking organization that also grows by this philosophy.
I raise my children with a sense of always being positive and the more we can do for other people the happier we will be in the long run.
So, in conclusion, the power of positive thinking has given me an amazing marriage, four happy and healthy children, four amazing businesses that keep me on my toes all day every day, and a fabulous network of people I can rely on no matter what the situation is. The lesson I hope to be able to rub off onto people is to always have a positive outlook. When things don’t look to be going the right way in life, lie in bed just one extra minute, and tell yourself that “today is going to be fantastic and a movement in a better direction”. Trust me… it works!