FROM THE DESK OF LOUISA RECHTER TAKACS
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson
I remember the first time I discovered the power of positive thinking. I was 21 years old and had just arrived in Paris for my semester abroad. I had lived in St. Louis all my life (even for college) and had never really left home for that long. It was the first time I felt homesick. Luckily, I had met a friend who was going through the same thing. One day she told me that her mom said the best way to get over missing home is to keep a journal where you record one good thing that happened that day. It sounded like an interesting exercise, so I tried it. The entries ranged from something as small as receiving an email from a friend to something as flattering as “someone mistook me for French!”
This exercise sounds trivial, but it actually changed my life.
When I adopted this way of thinking, I started attracting more positive people, distancing myself from negativity and leading a more intentional life.
I often credit this exercise to giving me the courage to start a business. There were a lot of naysayers but I saw opportunity…and I went for it.
It isn’t always easy though. There are some weeks where I feel like I’m giving the company everything I have but to no avail. There are high-highs and low-lows as we always say. But at the end of the day, it’s been a journey. I feel more compassionate, I can relate to more people, I have interesting things to talk about and can pass along my learnings to others. That’s rewarding to me.
What types of things do you do to stay positive when things aren’t going your way?