Did you ever have one of those days when everything went your way and whoever you talked to or interacted with was positive? Didn't that make you feel great? If you are like I am, you probably became happier and in turn treated everyone around you differently. You were more enthusiastic, joyfull and probably filled with anticipation.
Happiness is contagious. It sinks into our very being and the result of this is the feeling you give others.
Just think if everyone around us were happy most of the time. Just think of how we would feel and how we would then make all of those people who we come in contact with the same. Happy.
Every day starts with an attitude. You wake up each and every morning and when you do, you have a choice to make. A choice to be happy today, or a choice to just go about our business without any thought about how we feel. We are now open to the attitude and mood of those around us.
It reminds me of a story that I have heard many years ago. You may have heard the same story, but it has so much merit that it deserves to be heard again.
A little boy once fell into a large bin of horse manure. He was covered from head to toe with the horse increment and was heard making a lot of noise by all of those around the barn. He was not crying however. No, instead he was singing and whistling his head off. When some bystanders came over to see what the commotion was all about, they saw the boy in the pit of manure singing and whistling away. They immediately asked him, "Hey, you there in the pit of horse manure. Why are you so happy? You're covered in horse crap?" The boy looked up at them and said. "With this much horse manure everywhere, I know there is a pony in here somewhere." He took a bad situation and turned it into an opportunity and an adventure.
Now, we know that we won't fall into a pile of horse manure in our lifetime. At least I hope we don't. But, we do have our trials and setbacks. They occur when we least expect them. How do you react to them? With determination to get past it, or, with anger, sadness and defeat? Because, after all, it is what it is. How do you get through the day?
An employer that I once had worked for said it like this. "When you are not happy, it is usually because of your attitude. So, the way to happiness is very simple. Change your attitude or change your life."
Take everyday and live it as if it were your last. Treat everyone around you with respect and be happy at all times. No matter the mood that you are in. I promise you, your attitude will rub off on those around you and in turn they too will be happy.
This real estate market is making many of us unhappy. No sales means no commission income. But it is a time to re-group. A time to learn about our profession. A time to educate ourselves to become better agents when the market returns. And it will return!!! Let's make the most of every day. I choose to be happy. Why don't you too.
What's your attitude today?