The Big Picture

Many colleagues and clients are asking me:

Here are my main learnings from Barbara Weltman’s Sept.24th article ( on building and maintaining a positive mindset. You may be familiar with some or all of them but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded. Here are ten pieces of solid advice from Barbara (in her own words):

  1. Look at problems as opportunities. Many businesses have turned the pandemic into a plus in how they manage their budget, their employees, and their business goals
  2. Don’t look back. Prior to the pandemic, many businesses had been on track for impressive growth. COVID-19 and government restrictions that ensued curtailed the potential economic success that had been anticipated. Forget it. Things happen. Move on.
  3. Enjoy the moment. Like most small business owners, you probably like what you’re doing or you wouldn’t be doing it. The work itself is a joy; don’t forget it.
  4. Keep moving forward. Set new goals and work toward them. The process itself supports positivity.
  5. Ditch the blame. If you listen to the media on just about any subject, there’s always someone or something being blamed for the situation. It’s all too easy to sink into the blame game. It doesn’t help positivity, so don’t do it.
  6. Surround yourself with positive people. Limit your interactions with people who enjoy complaining.
  7. Express gratitude. Whatever has happened to your business, likely there are bright spots to celebrate. Do it.
  8. Laugh. Mark Twain said “comedy is tragedy plus time,” meaning comedy is born from tragedy. If times are tough for you, don’t forget to laugh now and then. You’ll feel better.
  9. Exercise. It’s well known that exercise relieves stress and anxiety. Whether you can visit a gym (local restrictions permitting) or just take a walk, the activity can have a positive impact on your mindset.
  10. Get help. If you’re experiencing trouble staying positive and perhaps are experiencing anxiety or other mental health issues, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. The sooner you address the issues, the quicker you can resolve them.

Thought of the Day:

"Watch the costs and the profits will take care of themselves." (Andrew Carnegie)

Take care,


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