DLJ Wealth & Tax Services - March 2020

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KEEP PADDLING The world can seem very negative sometimes. If you try to catch up with current events, you’re bombarded with nothing but bad news. It can take a toll and make you feel discouraged.

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if you can’t get through them? Well, you just have to go around, over, or under them. Optimism is confidence in your own strength, and that

But remember, when the world appears cruel and unfair, that’s when you need to hold onto optimism the most. Everyone has the power to make a difference in a positive way, so long as you see the bright side of things. Being optimistic isn’t about ignoring negativity; it’s about understanding that there is negativity and choosing to focus on the positive things. Yes, there are bad things in the world, but there are not only bad things in the world. When you choose optimism and focus on the positive, life is more enjoyable. The trick to optimism is to keep moving forward, no matter what happens. optimistic, but I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Many times in hindsight, I’ll realize what those reasons were. However, I’ll never see those reasons if I don’t move forward. It’s like kayaking. I love to kayak, and when I’m on the river, sometimes I hit long patches of rough water. But stopping isn’t an option. All I can do is look forward, find a path, and keep paddling. I’ve had so many challenges in the last year. At times it was hard to be

confidence can do wonders for your business and personal relationships.

If you find yourself struggling to be optimistic, it may be because you haven’t found your “why.” We touched on the power of why in last month’s newsletter. Your why is what drives you. If you don’t have a driving force, it can be hard to persist when times are tough. If you don’t have one yet, take some time and really look for your why.

My why is to help others succeed and grow. I have been blessed with many

The trick to optimism is to keepmoving forward, no matter what happens.

gifts, talents and knowledge, but they weren’t meant for just me. I’m supposed to use my gifts to help people. That’s why I get so much joy in helping people manage their wealth, minimize their taxes, and/or improve their business’ cash flow and profits. When times are tough, I remind myself of my why, and it motivates me when it’s hard to take that next step. This month, choose optimism. Bad things will happen, but come hell or high water, when you have optimism and the confidence to get through it, you will persevere — you just have to keep paddling.

March is National Optimism Month, which makes sense since it’s easy to be optimistic when spring is

starting. This month, I challenge you to practice optimism. Find the positives in life and let them drive you. Base your optimism on confidence that things will get better, or that you can get through the hard times, no matter what they are. And

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