Brilliant.  Ground-breaking.  Our competitive advantage.

What a rush to hear such descriptives from company leaders regarding a project that I’ve put a lot of time into.  The power of praise is an incredible thing. And one that I must use much more with my own team.

But just as these simple expressions buoyed my spirits all day, a negative sentiment expressed without thought was what I focused on all night.

DSCF0413I am not alone in putting undue emphasis on small stuff at times.  More often than I’d like to admit.  How do we keep it all in perspective?  Why do we allow someone else to control how we feel about ourselves?

It’s one of the great mysteries in life.  I try to remind myself that no can alter my outlook… only I have that power.