Turning a Negative into a Positive

So many of us are in jobs we hate. We complain about our bosses, our co-workers are stupid, and we’re being under paid. You know you would do everything better if you were in charge. Right?

Well my sister has a great idea. Her goal is to open her own restaurant one day. She manages a fantastic restaurant currently, but there’s always room for improvement. Whenever she finds something frustrating at work she writes down what she would do differently. She also writes down the things that work well. Now she has a book of ideas for her future restaurant.

She is able to turn a negative into a positive by keeping a long term goal in mind, and being proactive rather than just complaining- which let’s face it, we all do too much. As she wrote down her ideas for improvement she realized they wouldn’t be that hard to implement at her current restaurant. She started sharing them with her boss and not only did her boss praise her, she also enjoys her working environment more.

She says, “When you complain, you get wrapped up in negativity and blow your problems and frustrations out of proportion, when really there usually isn’t that big a gap between a current way and a better way.  I find that writing things down in a step-by-step constructive way is the best way to bridge that gap.”

We can’t all quit our jobs tomorrow, but we can still dream. Keep a little book with you at work and start writing down your ideas. One day you’re going to need them 🙂

“It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.” – Confucius