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"If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you can't. Either way, you're right." - Henry Ford

A monkey is smart enough to eat the nourishing part of the banana and throw away the bitter peel. Yet too often, we chew the bitter peel of criticism, ridicule, failure, or other negative feelings. We have to first learn to throw away the peel and find the nourishment. Start by letting go of the negatives (while at the same time learning from it) and grow with the positives.

Humans love the positive and get repelled by the negative.

Imagine you're out with your family after an evening at the movies. It's just past dinner time and will be difficult to get a seat any time soon. You walk in the restaurant and the waiting staff says:

A, "Sorry, we can't seat you for another thirty minutes."

Or B, "In thirty minutes we can have a wonderful table ready for you."

Which would you rather hear? Both answers mean the same thing, but delivery and perception is different.

Another example of 'positive' perception is demonstrated here: A sales person in a popcorn store always had customers lined up at their counter while the other sales people had much less. The owner noted this sales person's popularity, and it wasn't because their good looks! When asked about the secret, the sales person replied, "It's easy! The other staff scoop up more more than bucket can handle and then start to SUBTRACT the overflowing popcorn. I always scoop up less, and ADD to it."

Like the restaurant example, the results are the same, the customers get the same bucket of popcorn, but we're opted to line up at the counter which shows more 'positivity'.

As with learning any sport of music instrument, the more you practice developing an attitude of excellence, the more proficient you will become at it. Learning to develop a positive attitude doesn't happen by accident - it needs to be intentional and deliberate.

Start off by being aware of what you are saying, thinking, and receiving. Then, ask yourself, "How can I express/take that in a more positive way?" Try and apply this not only in your personal life, but also teaching.

Is the cup half full or half empty? You decide.

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