My favorite movie ever is still "Jeremiah Johnson" starring Robert Redford. There are so many great lines throughout the movie, and my son and I often find ourselves quoting them to each other. Both of us love the outdoors and this past Saturday as we were entering the woods to hunt, way before daylight, my son now almost 16 said to me (as I was about to head into the swamp to my stand) "watch your top knot" and in Redford style, I answered, "yep watch yorn."
This line comes from a scene where Jeremiah is leaving his friend "Bearclaws" to head out on his own and be a mountain man. Bearclaw's warning is simple; don't get scalped.
I'd like to give that line a little different twist. I constantly have to watch my "top knot." That is I have to carefully guard what goes into my mind. Recently I was in a meeting made up of brokers, owners, and managers. When I left the meeting I literally had to "detox." I heard so many of them moaning and whining about the current economic difficulties. Hey, I'm there too! I feel the crunch just like everybody else. But I have found that constantly focusing on it don't help it. One long time broker/owner made the comment, "we could all just shut our doors from thanksgiving to Christmas because none of us are doing anything." I beg to differ! December is shaping up to be one of our best months this year. My agents are working hard now because they want paychecks in Jan. and Feb.
I don't mean to stick my head in the sand and pretend that everything is rosy; however, I can't focus on the negative and have a positive outcome. So be careful to watch you listen to, and don't take every word from the media as being the "gospel truth." Find positive people to be around, read good material, and put good info in your "top knot." If nothing good is happening around you then make something good happen.