Motivational Moment #7: Milestones & Setbacks

Chris talks about how milestones and setbacks often offset each other and make motivation hard.

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Chris discusses how preparation can greatly affect positivity.


Hi, this Chris Laning from the Positive Grounding blog at Now I want to talk about positive events and the importance of preparation in them sometimes.

See we went out hiking today in a North Carolina State Park and we had a great time checking out waterfalls and doing all that. But we thought it was just a real short hike. We weren’t prepared. We didn’t bring a lot of water with us. Actually, we brought no water with us. Left it in the car because we just thought it was gonna be a quick hike to the
falls and back. Turns out that was not proper preparation.

So on the hike back people started feeling not so good. (They were) really dry, really thirsty and it just kind of took what was a really positive day and made it a bit of a drag, at least for right now.

The good news is I managed to go out and get some water and bring it back. People are coming along better but what I learned from that is you know what? You just got to always think ahead because not being prepared can take a very positive situation and turn it into a bit of a negative one.

At the end of the day I think we’re still gonna look at this as a positive experience. We saw some great waterfalls. We had some good times, great weather, and the most positive thing is that we probably learned a lesson we should have learned a long time ago: be prepared. All my scout training out the door.

I’m Chris Laning with Positive Grounding at Talk to you next time.


Chris has some quick thoughts while visiting waterfalls in a North Carolina state park.


Hi. This is Chris Laning from the Positive Grounding blog at Now, I’m out here today hiking through a state park in N.C. looking at waterfalls. And trying to think what the best thing that I could say about the waterfalls are.

Well you know sometimes you just got to let them speak for themselves. Beautiful! Just being out in nature and the positive vibes you get from flowing water. All the energy that’s going on it’s kind of priceless.

So get out there, enjoy and just soak up all the nature you can.

This is Chris Laning from the Positive Grounding blog at

Surrounding Yourself with Positive People

A few weeks back, after an engaging Meetup group, Chris had some thoughts on the benefits of surrounding yourself with positive people.



Hi, this is Chris Laning from the Positive Grounding blog at Yes, I’m sitting at a car it’s nighttime. I know it’s weird. It’s odd, but I just had to share this with you.

I just got back from a meetup group. And I’m flying high! This is a meetup group that just started last month in Greensboro, North Carolina. And it’s really for people who are starting or have started their own online businesses.

That’s not what I’m talking about here now. But what I did find in that group is a bunch of positive people. I mean, these are people that have vision and goals, and they’re positive they are going to get there. I mean in some cases literally.

For instance the founder of the group, the organizer of the group, she actually has several resources around how positive thought can really help you when you’re facing difficult medical conditions and how it can get you through it.

Another woman in the group actually says she’s had experiences where positive thought has cured her. Now I know you might take that with a grain of salt, but you know what? I started thinking and if that’s actually been her experience, that positive thought has cured her, maybe there’s something to that and maybe we’re just being skeptical.

There was another gentleman there tonight who’s written resources about how laughter can play an integral role in healing. And he himself is a medical doctor.

So, those are actual literal examples of positivity that people have bringing to that meeting.

There were several other individuals there all with their own ideas and goal and then we’re sitting there watching all these resources from entrepreneurs who’ve been successful talking about how they did it and the things that they’ve done that have worked for them and how a lot of times it was fear that held them back. I think they were pointing out that some of the biggest fears are fear of failure, fear of public speaking, and in many cases fear of success. And that holds so many people back.

They said that you get these scenarios in your head, those worst-case scenarios of how it’s gonna go wrong, what’s gonna happen, when it’s gonna be a failure and that when you think about that over and over and over again, you start to believe it.

So I started thinking why don’t we flip that script a little bit. And I know this isn’t necessarily an original thought by me, but then again how many original thoughts can I really have? But what if we flip that script? Instead of constantly dwelling on the negative. What’s gonna go wrong? Let’s dream and think about what could possibly go right. No! What’s going to go right!

We may not know how we’re gonna get there, but we know that we can get there. It may be a little different than what we expected but we can still get to where we want to go. Whether that’s starting a business or just getting to a different point in our life. Keeping that positive thought over and over again maybe we’ll actually start to believe it, if we don’t already.

So I would say the biggest takeaway from this meeting group tonight though, is just be around people that are positive! Now that’s not to say get the negative people out of your life because you know what? You could be a positive influence on them. But just make sure that during the course of the week you find somewhere that you can go whether it’s a meetup group, or a faith-based group or church or even just some very positive thinking family members.

We can just be around people who have that positive thought. Because positivity, believe it or not can really rub off. Unfortunately, not as quickly as negativity can. So keep it positive people!

I’m Chris Laning from the Positive Grounding blog at Talk to you next time.

Positively Mowing

Finding the positives in mundane chores? It’s possible! Chris tackles that in this latest video.


Hey! This is Chris Laning from and I was just sitting here thinking.. Yeah well you can see what I’m doing here right? That’s right. I am mowing the lawn. Now why am I coming to you from mowing the lawn?

Well, it’s pretty simple. I got to thinking about this and mowing the lawn is one of the things that drives my positivity down!

It’s like, “Oh, I’ve got mow the lawn. Are you kidding me? I’m probably gonna go out and get gas on my hands. I hate that smell! It never comes out! I’m gonna get sweaty and hot! It’s gonna take hours! You know, there’s other stuff I could be doing. Oh I just hate mowing the lawn!!!”

Well that’s the negative way of thinking of it. Now
I’m gonna try to think of it in a little bit more positive way. I’m gonna focus on
the good things about mowing the lawn.

First and foremost, I’m going to get some exercise, something I haven’t been doing  a lot of lately.

Second of all, I’m outside. It’s a gorgeous day! Look at it. Not too hot not too cold. There’s not a lot of bugs around. I realize it’s not going to always be like this but it’s a start. That’s also a positive thing.

The third thing is I’ve got some time to myself
right? I can listen to podcasts. I can just listen to music. I can think. I
come up with great video ideas like this one. Well, video ideas anyway. You can be the judge of whether it’s great or not. And just giving me time to get stuff done. Now that I think about that positively that’s really kind of cool right?

But the best thing of all is when I get done.  I mean look at this grass. It’s terrible! It’s got weeds. It’s long. It’s high.

But when it’s done it’s gonna look like this. (Shows freshly mowed lawn). Look at that. Gorgeous isn’t it? It lays there. And then when you’re done you can
look out and you get a sense of the accomplishment that you did. You did
something that maybe you didn’t really  want to do but the end result was so
much better.

Well that’s how things are with us sometimes in life. There’s a lot
of things that we don’t want to do.  People we don’t want to talk to.
Situations we don’t want to confront. Things where we just tend to say “Oh, it’s
just not going to work out. It’s not going  work out. It’s going to be terrible!”

But when we put in the work. When we do the things that maybe we don’t want to do and maybe we need to find some positives in all that.
But when we do that work, there’s a good chance that it’s going to turn out looking like that (points to mowed grass). and that it’s gonna be worth it in the end.

So keep that in mind the next time you got something hard to do. Take my advice. Work your way through it. You might just like the results.

I know it’s not easy. I mean the number one person that needs to take my advice this time is me. Okay? But I’m going to try and I’m going to do the best that I can.

This is Chris Laning with  If you have any comments or
would like to let me know that you’re listening please do so. You can do so on
YouTube or on our Facebook page or on the blog page. Wherever you’ve been
finding this. Just leave a comment and let me know that you’re listening. And
let me know if this advice worked out for you.

Again, I’m Chris Laning with I’ll talk to you later

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Posted by Positive Grounding on Wednesday, May 9, 2018