In today’s world, we’re told that attitude is everything. If we look on the bright side, the bright side will happen. Some of us quote famous thinkers like Abraham Lincoln, who once said, “Most folks are ]as happy as they make up their minds to be.” And let’s face it, positive thinking is an asset most of the time. But like most character traits, when taken to an extreme it can become a character defect, leading to both short- and long-term consequences. The truth is that all feelings are valid and necessary, including things like sadness and anxiety. Those and similar emotions alert us to issues in our lives (and businesses) that we need to address and overcome, and if we don’t allow ourselves to feel them, situations that could easily be addressed get ignored and worsen over time. In that case, our relentless positivity can become toxic.
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