Ever find yourself saying something positive and then following it up with “but” and a sentence that discounts the positive thing you just said?

For example, “The sun is shining outside today” and then comes the dreaded BUT, “but it is still cold.”

Well that just takes the air out of your sails straight away, doesn’t it? So try a simple technique of reversing the sentence.

“It is still cold”…”but, the sun is shining outside today.”

Does that make a difference? Do you feel a tad more hopeful? Reversing the sentence to end on the positive can make a big difference in how positive you feel.