Years ago I saw a fascinating quote in Success Magazine

Super Achievers

Are you optimistic?

I hope so because studies show optimists are more likely to succeed. Based on my years of working with lawyers, I think I know one of the reasons why. In your career you will have setbacks, disappointments and dips. Being optimistic will allow you to learn from failures and get through challenging times.

I am reminded of a famous Winston Churchill quote.

Winston Churchill

Are you seeing opportunities?

A couple of years ago, Nancy gave me “Live What You Love: Notes from an Unusual Life” by Bob and Melinda Blanchard. The Blanchard’s describe themselves as serial entrepreneurs, having owned eight businesses. They talk about skeptics and pessimists and suggest that the next time you start to say: “yes, but…” stop yourself and say instead:
”sure, how.”

Several lawyers I am coaching have told me that the change from “yes, but” to “sure how” has made a difference for them. It will for you also.

Give it a try.

P.S. If you are interested in learning more about how Superachievers think, read this Selling Power Magazine article: How Superachievers Think to Reach Consistent Success.