My blog posting was going to be about how I keep hearing depressing stories from contractors and manufacturers about how awful business is going to be into 2011. My problem is for every depressing story that comes my way there are two or three OPPORTUNITIES that are out there awaiting someone’s attention. But there are some people out there who can address this topic better than I. Will share a book I am in the middle of reading (by John Maxwell) in the coming weeks, but here is my ‘pass-along’ on the topic of dealing with the depressing state of business:
Rick Davis’ latest newsletter (you can subscribe to it on hiswebsite) has a great message about clearing all this negative energy. I think it is a great message and leaves me with no reason to “reinvent the wheel.” He says in part:
We live in very difficult times and it is hard to keep your wits about you when the world seems to be crumbling. But there is something you can do to cope. Be selective about the inputs you allow into your life and you will control results more effectively. Negative news in large, constant doses can do real damage to your psyche and your abilities to succeed in the workplace. Turn off the television and turn on your mind.
Some of the great lessons I have learned in come from successful wise men including the great motivators such as Dale Carnegie and Napoleon Hill. The demonstrated that results are a function of beliefs and behaviors. Napoleon Hill opens his classic book on motivation, Think and Grow Rich, with the words, “Truly, ‘thoughts are things,’ and powerful things”. I have observed way too many people fill their minds with false beliefs and therefore sabotage their own productivity.
We asked him to expand on that topic in his article for our September edition of Roofing Contractor. I’ll be back later with more ranting and raving, but for now, check Rick’s Website out and have a great week!