You think that you have it hard?

In life and in business we often come up against challenges and obstacles.  No matter what we do, no matter how well prepared we are, the monster will rear its ugly head at the worst possible moment!

For those of us in the mortgage business, that ugliness appeared around the end of 2006.  Since then, it has been a struggle to stay in business.  And for those of us that have survived thus far, five years later, it remains a struggle.

How can you survive when faced with challenging obstacles? How can you overcome the demons that want to possess your life and your heart and stop you dead in your tracks?

Often times we think that success is because of luck.  We think that if we are lucky enough, we will succeed through a challenge.  But luck has nothing to do with it.  It is even simpler than luck.  How you handle your life, your business, and your family is based on one simple thing…

Your Attitude!

Your attitude is your first line of defense for any situation.  And it is as simple as saying “self, what are you putting in your head?”

What you say and what you do (thoughts and actions) will have a greater affect on your outcome than how you do it.  Your brain is a very powerful weapon in your arsenal of defense.  It will process multiple situations at a time.  Often, you do not even realize all of the thoughts that you are putting into your brain to process.

If you have lots of negativity and doubt, your brain will process that.  And watch out!  Because you will speak, sound, and reflect of negativity.

If you are positive, upbeat, focused, and driven, your brain will respond positively to those and your reflections will be positive.

So look in the mirror.  How is your attitude?   Will you be defeated today or will you win?

A colleague of ours, a friend and teacher of many in our industry, is facing the hardest challenge of his life.  The meltdown in the industry was not able to take him down.  Personal family relationships could not defeat him.   And now he has to face another battle.  A battle most of us have never had to face.  Our friend, our colleague, Dustin Hughes, has been diagnosed with cancer.  Specifically, brain cancer – stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme.  This is an aggressive form of cancer with a low prognosis for survival.

You think that your attitude is bad? You think that you deserve a pity party?  Dustin is 35 and has three young children.

Dustin is entitled to have an attitude!  And let me tell you, he does!  His attitude is on fire!  His attitude is that he is going to kick his cancer in the ass and he is going to survive!  Dustin is already a winner!

If you do not know Dustin or if you have not read his story, send a friend request to him – you need to read it!  His attitude shines right through.  This is someone that is entitled to be down.  Yet, he has chosen to accept the challenge and defeat it!

Please join us in supporting Dustin, Tracy, and their children in this fight.  Click here to join the Hughes’ Troop.

If you can, please support Dustin financially by clicking here.  An online page has been set up to help Dustin and his family.  Any amount, at any time, will be helpful.

And when you are faced with your challenge, remember, your positive attitude is what will get you through it!  Keep up the fight.  And keep up the POSITIVE attitude!