In my book, Pathological Positivity, I share a story Richard Paul Evans wrote about a traveler who visits a poor, run down kingdom. He gives the king and his subjects a magic spyglass that when they look through the glass, they do not see the dismal state of things, they see a beautiful scene of what could be.

Houses in disrepair appear to be beautiful cottages. Dried up yards appear as lush gardens. Haggard and downtrodden peasants look energetic and happy.

Using the images as a blueprint, the king and his subjects work toward a better future. Their circumstances don’t change magically, but they improve as they begin to see how to create a better future.

Each of us can create a better future, yet we sometimes limit ourselves by seeing problems, not opportunities. Think of your problems as “propportunities.” Sometimes, just this gentle shift of thinking, puts us in a different mindset. When we view our challenges as problems, we can feel down, and clouds hover so we can’t see the horizon. When we think of our challenges as “propportunities”, the clouds lift a bit. A load is taken off our shoulders and we lift our heads to the future and see horizons full of possibilities where we can invent, and create a brighter life.

You CAN achieve a more abundant life!

Pathological Positivity is available in audio format now through Amazon and

“When you have a ‘solution thinking mindset’ – and choose to focus 80% of your thoughts/words on solutions – you will not only be heading more speedily to long-term success, but you will immediately feel better in the moment.”

~Karen Salmansohn