I was talking to someone I volunteer with the other day. We’d just been informed that our fundraising possibilities won’t be what we’d hoped, leaving the team frustrated and discouraged. It was a sad scene.
She pointed out that my response stood out: I could see the opportunity in the setback. It gave her, and the others, hope. She said that my ability to see the positive in everything is a gift.
It’s something people have been telling me for years… but only recent years.
Before that, I struggled to see the sunny side of things. I’d also get frustrated and discouraged… And annoyed at being frustrated and discouraged.
But a positive reaction is something you can cultivate. Here’s what I did to turn things around: