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Perception is reality.

I was talking with my wife one morning about the same EXACT situation and both of us had radically different perceptions of the reality of the SAME situation. This led me to start to think about how we see things and how critical that is with our perspective on life and business!

Whether you are calling it narrative, perception, paradigm or perspective … . It’s all the same thing — it’s how you see life and how you lens and interpret the facts we face. What is your dominant narrative in life?

Most of us can admit we fall into the negative spectrum at times in our perspective on life, business, relationships, family and more.

Here are some solutions as you encounter the battle within:

• Eliminate stinking thinking. This is negative spin and negative narrative of the plain facts. It is “lensing” circumstance and situation in a pessimistic light. It gets in the way of solutions, help and hope.• Have an attitude of gratitude. Funny how thankfulness and gratitude leads to a more positive outlook and more hopeful outcome. Constructive and specific gratitude leads to constructive solutions and perspectives!• Make good choices. When confronted with a negative perspective, remember you have a choice. We can take a break and walk away and regroup and reassess our narrative and paradigm. Our perspective can change if we give it a little time. So take a retreat, walk away, have a cuppa coffee and reassess. You might find new light on the topic or situation or circumstance. Your choice.• Remember what Abe Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Make up your mind today and have a positive perspective and you could see how it will change your life, your business, your world and your relationships. Mostly it will change you! You are in control of your mind and how you position your perspective and how you respond and react at all life throws at you.

Make up your mind to take a new and positive approach in 2019 — we will all be glad you did!

Scott Hammond works in Eureka and lives in McKinleyville.

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