Motivation for being a reverse paranoid
I’m a reverse paranoid. Are you? Read on to find out!
Just for today – let’s pretend that the world is conspiring to help us reach our goals and dreams and that there’s something positive in every setback.
How could spilling my iced green tea at Starbucks all over myself be a blessing in disguise? A reverse paranoid would find a way to turn this negative into a positive. And I was determined to find a way to put a positive spin on this one.
The “Starbucks spill” gave the Starbucks employee, Brian a chance to take initiative and be extra helpful in cleaning up the mess. I kindly thanked him for his help and then he went the extra mile replacing the beverage free of charge without even asking me to waiting in the ridiculously long line (indirectly building goodwill for Starbucks in my mind). I thanked Brian, left a couple bucks in the tip jar and will look forward to seeing Brian at Starbucks in the future.
Smiling rather than letting the spill dampen my morning also allowed me to meet Tom who may have bumped into me or I may have bumped into him – it really doesn’t matter – but what I’m thankful for is the opportunity the spill presented. While all this all unfolded the ability to smile and keep a good nature despite the lap dance I just got from my morning beverage created an instant connection with Tom, who initially seemed slightly uncomfortable by the incident but was quickly put at ease when he realized I wasn’t going to yell at anyone or let it ruin my morning. I laughed it off and made small talk with Tom while waiting for my new drink to be made. The spill allowed my optimism to shine through. Tom and I made small talk about business and eventually exchanged contact info.
A reverse paranoid would see the spill as an icebreaker to meet two new people.
Believing the world is out to help us and not get us allows us to make the best of seemingly bad situations. If nothing else, I walked away from a spill with two positive encounters, a fresh beverage and a smile on my face. If we believe everything happens for a positive reason then there’s always going to be some good news even when we’re walking out of Starbucks with wet shorts. The trick is having the right mindset.
The world around us is conspiring to help us reach our goals and dreams today – let’s make the most of it!! YES!
Motivational Quote of the week: I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. J. D. Salinger
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Finally, if you would like to read about other uplifting ideas, stories and exercises check out one of my all-time favorite books from Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
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