It's easy to carry the weight of the recession on your shoulders around your office, and to let that weight bring you down. Itâ€™s difficult to look beyond today toward better days, but itâ€™s important to try. I stay motivated by telling myself this is a temporary situation, and things will turn around. I remind myself that these sometimes dismal days will soon be behind us, and weâ€™ll all tell war stories, and talk about lessons learned during this great recession. All of these are true statements, so my conversations with myself are effective, and I remain motivated to do my job. The economy will get better, and for some architects and builders, it already is. I have the privilege of speaking to architects and builders every week, and occasionally at trade shows and conventions to speak to them face to face. And I can tell you that almost every conversation Iâ€™ve had with readers of Residential Design & Build in the past two months has been about the increased traffic and phone calls theyâ€™re seeing, and in some cases actual signed contracts landing on their desks. Recovery is already beginning; You just donâ€™t hear about it on the nightly news. If your business still struggles, donâ€™t start taking blame or beating yourself up for forces you canâ€™t control, like the economy. And remember, youâ€™re better than what your balance sheet shows; You are not your job.