I've always struggled with this.
On one hand, there's nothing better than fully understanding a situation, knowing the upside, being aware of the downside, ackowledging that things could be better, but for the time being, it just isn't optimal. This is about "keeping it real," a mental "no bullshit zone" of sorts, I like it, it feels right, and it is honest.
On the other hand, it's good to be positive, people like me when I am upbeat, I get to be like Dale Carnegie, and it's supposed to be good for business. But ultimately, when I get my PMA on (that's "positive mental attitude" for those of you outside of the Franklin Covey clique), I feel like I am acting, that I am being dishonest, and ultimately, it feels yucky.
I hear the PMA message so often, that I wonder why if I'm inadequate and right for the business. I am a private practice planning consultant, I like what I do, but I get tired of being reminded that, apparently, I haven't been positive enough.
Any of you feel the same way?