Monday, January 23rd, 2017
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson
Most businesses have a busy season. For CPA firms, that season is mid-January until mid-April. For decades CPA firm owners have strived to find ways to keep their people busy all year long and have been very successful in most cases.
Yet, January through April has always been the months of intense focus, numerous distractions, multiple interruptions, on-going questions, constant learning and career-building opportunities.
When the pressure is on, partners and managers sometimes become negative. When the pressure is on, all the other people working at the firm sometimes become negative!
Some people begin to say things like:
- Joe is never going to make it. He just isn’t getting it.
- Sally is so slow. What are we going to do?
- Bill is a loner. He never asks questions and ends up doing it all wrong.
- The way Betty dresses is horrible.
- Tim has bad breath. Who is going to talk to him?
In times of stress, people tend to become more negative. The old 80/20 rule surfaces. People are negative 80% of the time and positive 20% of the time.
Let’s change that beginning this week. Begin to focus on things you like about people at least 80% of the time. I have always naturally been an optimist. Maybe that has helped me survive many busy seasons and still remain positive most of the time.
- "I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter."