Staying Positive

By Bruce Firestone | Uncategorized

Jun 10

A coaching client of mine asked me, “How do you cope with stress?”

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life," Muhammad Ali

She’s a first time entrepreneur, so this is a good question.

Here’s how:

They avoid losing their temper because s/he who loses her/his temper 1st, loses.

They focus on progress, not perfection.

They examine what worries them then develop a BATNA (best alternative to a negotiated agreement).

They schedule time to deal with specific problems then forget about them until their schedule tells them otherwise.

They engage their creativity… so that they are not doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result.

They focus on the important non urgent matters rather than urgent but unimportant things.

They narrow their focus and do more of what works, and less of what doesn’t.

They change their personal and business model to suit their skills and adjust as they age.

They practice self-care/get some exercise.

They reach out to others.

They rely on routines and pattern recognition.

They keep the big picture in view/create a b/s (balance sheet) of the good and bad.

They do 1 thing at a time.

They TPO (touch paper once).

They get in touch with their spiritual side.

They schedule time with their loved ones.

They practice gratitude for what they have.

They stay positive.

They practice lifetime learning and avoid the not-invented-here syndrome.

They keep their faith/courage that things will improve.

They get a worry doll, put her near their beds, tell her their worries, she takes them away overnight.


They surround themselves with people they like and trust, and fire everyone else… friends, family, clients, suppliers, employees etc

You are the CEO of your own life. So avoid drugs and alcohol, and deal with things as they come up.

With help/input from:

@ profbruce

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About the Author

Bruce is an entrepreneur/real estate broker/developer/coach/urban guru/keynote speaker/Sens founder/novelist/columnist/peerless husband/dad.