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We stay on hold for several minutes to resolve a credit card issue and get dis- connected. We do a quick run into the grocery store on the way home and the one item we need is out of stock. And, the list goes on and on and on. That’s life and it can be frustrating.


So, now that we all know the problem, what’s the solution? Books have been written about attitude. Lectures have been delivered about attitude. We all know individuals who no matter what, maintain a positive attitude when for a fact, any one of else would fall apart if we had to deal with their issues. How do they do it? What is the key to main- taining a positive, optimistic attitude? I believe the solution is gratitude – being grateful for what is.


If you can (and I’m not suggesting it’s easy) switch thinking from a bad at- titude to moments of gratitude, it really does help. So, maybe someone is late. The appointment can still go better than expected and have a great outcome. So what if someone on a customer service call hangs up on you unintentionally? Be grateful that a problem or issue will get resolved with a call back. Plans go array. I have a metal sculpture in my card with carved letters stating: “It’s All Good”. Talk about a visual reminder!


What would our lives be like if we did truly believe that – bottom line – it’s all


esting it’s easy) switch thinking ents of gratitude, it really does ate. The appointment can still nd have a great outcome.”


good? How would our bodies respond if our thoughts remained positive and optimistic? What would life be like if we focused on gratitude whenever a bad attitude showed its ugly head? Just consider how different we’d all feel, think and behave.


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Here’s my challenge to you at this very moment. For 7 days, regardless of what happens to you or around you, be determined to sail through any of life’s annoyances. Whether it’s a delivery that doesn’t arrive, a call that doesn’t get returned, family issues that get so darn frustrating, a slow moving postal line, traffic (we have satellite radio in our cars!), an important appointment that cancels at the last minute, you’re going to decide right now for 7 straight days that nothing is going to disturb your inner peace and mental toughness. Having a positive mental attitude under the worst of situations and switching to gratitude for what is wonderful in your life is certainly worth the effort. What have you got to lose? Others will won- der what you’re up to. You don’t even have to tell them. Just ‘be’ the beautiful person you are and know that others are being impacted by your self-control and calmness. Leave positive, indelible imprints in everything you say and do. That’s what 24/7 attitude is all about. You CAN do it. It’s up to you and YOUR attitude.


Bonnie Ross-Parker, a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, is a speaker/author and CEO/Founder of a nationally recog- nized innovative customer acquisition/ marketing program called The Joy of Connecting®. Her books include: Walk in My Boots – The Joy of Connecting, Y.O.U. – Set a High Standard for being Human and 42 Rules for Effective Con- nections. Currently, Bonnie combines her energy and 27+ years of networking experience to support female entrepre- neurs/professionals and businesswomen. Learn more at: www.BonnieRossParker. com and www.TheJOYofConnecting. com In Atlanta: 1-877-411-6611 or bootgirl@TheJOYofConnecting.com


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