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By Don Maranca

As a Certified EOS Implementer®, I can see the dramatic effect in my clients when things aren’t going well. And I can empathize.

As a business owner, I know how hard it can be to keep yourself looking forward with an abundance mindset. You get caught up in the day-to-day grind and focus solely on putting out fires. But when we spend our time paying attention to the things that go wrong, we can overlook the things going right.


In a world where business interactions look like win-lose scenarios, you can easily get caught up in that fear mentality. Believing there are only a limited number of customers out there in your industry creates a scarcity mindset. It can feel like you have to ruthlessly go after them or badmouth the competition to get a leg up.

But do you really? A ruthless attitude will probably earn you a bad reputation in your field. Most people shy away from unpleasant people. Revenue can look scarce when you’ve got an attitude because no one wants to do business with you!


On the flip side, referring potential leads to a more appropriate business -– or “good-mouthing” competitors -– shifts the playing field. Far from closing doors, you’ll find many, many more will open.

Plus, when you leave the bah-humbug attitude at the door, people like being around you more. They stick around long enough to discover your God-given abilities and actually want to look for ways to work together. It helps create a more trusting relationship.

By checking those self-serving impulses and truly believing there is room for everyone to do better, networks and opportunities expand. You may find yourself getting referrals from other business owners in your industry, even competitors!


When you focus on all the things going right in your business, you may suddenly see more successes than failures. 

Sure, I’ve been skeptical about the ravings of the gratitude journal fanatics out there, but I believe they’re onto something. Appreciating and feeling grateful for what you already have can soften your view of the world. Things no longer look so dire. I practiced this daily during COVID in 2020 and it had an impact on my own outlook.

So take stock of all the blessings you have and of everything that is going right. At the same time, surround yourself with like-minded people, those who can help you with an attitude of gratitude and who can remind you of the positive impact you’re making on the world.

Work to cultivate a truly abundant mindset and keep yourself looking forward.