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Are There Cracks In Your Rose Colored Glasses?

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Rose-colored glasses with cracks in them.

If you have on rose-colored glasses does that mean you won’t see what’s really going on? Is it possible to be too positive? The answer may be yes and no.

I was speaking to a friend the other day who told me that she was going to buy a new car.

“What’s wrong with the car I asked?”

“Nothing she said, I just want a new one.”

Keep in mind that my friend is always complaining about money and how many payments she has to make each month. Her car only has 56,000 miles on it.

How many times have you said I’ll buy this now and pay for it later? I’m expecting a big check and when the check came you used it to pay another bill. I think we’ve all done that sooner or later and years later wonder why we have so much debt. This causes us to buy houses we can’t afford and a closet full of clothes.

Those rose-colored glasses can blind us to problems that need fixing. (Do I need a second job or why do I always spend more than I make?)

Everyone I know says, I can write a book; someday I will. They say that 81% of the population says they will write a book and less than 1% ever do! The point is that ‘saying’ and ‘doing’ are two different things. Maybe writing a book isn’t up your alley so why even put it on your list.

Studies on ‘positive illusions’ conclude that optimism becomes maladaptive when it causes us to overestimate our current abilities. A little dose of pessimism might actually work in your favor if it prevents you from investing in something foolish like a house you don’t need or a business that doesn’t have a chance to succeed.  I’m not suggesting you look at the world as all ‘dooms and gloom’ but a little dose of rain might put you back on the right track.

Is there such a thing as a coincidence?

Coincidence is something that happens to you when you focus on what you want.

Your own world is full of possibilities that just need a second look. Instead of dreaming about what you would like to have, why not focus on the things in your neighborhood of opportunities. You know we all have them. We only need to train our minds to look for them. Many call them ‘coincidences’ and say that some people have good luck. Consider that within your life, there are many people who would be willing to help you explore those coincidences. A coincidence can quickly turn into a possibility if it’s given some attention.

Maybe it’s time to take off those rose-colored glasses and peer into your true potential.

Lisbeth Calandrino helps individuals build sale and customer service strategies. She has been  guilty of looking through rose-colored glasses.

Lisbeth can help you and your team look at your own possibilities. She can be reached at




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By |2017-03-03T12:07:00+00:00August 11th, 2013|beliefs, Blog|3 Comments

About the Author:

Lisbeth Calandrino is an award winning trainer, entrepreneur, and blogger and has spent over twenty years developing custom tailored marketing and customer service programs for businesses. Her recently published book, Red Hot Customer Service, 35 Sizzling Ways to Heat up Your Business and Ignite Your Sales defines the steps necessary to build a competitive advantage and turn great companies into unforgettable or red hot companies. Lisbeth admits that much of her knowledge came from her Italian grandfather who despite very little formal education and a limited English vocabulary, managed to became both successful and wealthy. Lisbeth has wonderful stories about Grandpa DiBiagio’s and her time spent learning how to managing Grandpa’s fruit stand. Because of Lisbeth’s experience as a business owner, having been the managing partner and owner of 7 furniture and carpet stores for 14 years, she is able to bring her extensive business knowledge and experience to all of her clients. Lisbeth’s awards include executive of the year award from the International Executive Association, Albany chapter (a business networking group) and first place honors in an international marketing contest for alternative medicine. A two time cancer survivor, she has spoken extensively about her experiences of cancer, offering words of comfort and inspiration. As an activist, Lisbeth has initiated and contributed to many charitable causes. She has worked with at-risk youth, spoken out against injustice and advocated to and helped to build resources for women. As a presenter, Lisbeth Calandrino is highly motivational, information-rich, and very entertaining. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and fun sense of humor make her a dynamic presenter. Lisbeth is a member of New York, Historic Albany Foundation, educational director of Business Referrals Networking Group and member of the board of directors of the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia, New York.


  1. Victoria Nye-Cordi August 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Reality at times for some people is impossible. They need to be an ostrich. They don’t mean too, it’s just more comfortable to them. And let’s not have anyone ever be uncomfortable. You mean they would actually have to face what the truth of the situation is.

  2. Janine Klein August 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Healthy dose of reality!

  3. Lisbeth Calandrino August 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I hope it didn’t crack your glasses. Thanks for the comment and hope everything is good.

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