Positively Realistic
Being positive does not mean ignoring the negative. Being positive means overcoming the negative. There's a big difference.

Often those who legitimately point out problems are accused of negative thinking. Yet it's absolutely necessary to acknowledge the problems if you ever hope to make any progress. Constant complaining, whining and excuse making are certainly negative, but addressing the problem with honesty and clarity is very positive.

If you attempt to stay positively focused by ignoring the negative you're simply not being realistic. When you can see and understand the negative aspects and then deal with them in a positive, forward looking manner, then you tap into the real power of positive focus.

Be positive and be realistic. It is a powerful combination. See the situation for what it is, and then take the appropriate actions to improve it. Fortify your positive focus not by naively ignoring the negative, but by refusing to accept it.

Copyright Ralph S. Marston, Jr. Used by permission. From The Daily Motivator® at www.dailymotivator.com