It is so easy to have a negative attitude.
It is true that it is easy to default to a negative posture when bad things happen in our lives. Frankly, it is easy to have a cynical attitude when things are going well. Cynicism is a habit that we form, and it can rear its head at any time. What we mistake for humor can have a terrible impact on someone who is having what I call one of those “Maybe this maybe that” days. When someone is in that in-between place where their day could turn positive or negative, our comedic jab can really push that toward the “dark side.”
The truth is that we create our own success, and an important way that we do that is by having a positive attitude. I have written before about the importance of having a personal vision statement. The primary purpose of creating a personal vision statement is to visualize yourself having accomplished the goals you have established. This creates for us a vision of what we look and feel like when we have accomplished our goals. This is a powerfully positive step that gives us a jumping off point toward achievement. It is work, and it is rewarding.
- How rewarding would it be to know that every night, when you put your head down on your pillow, you know without a doubt that you have positively impacted someone else’s life?
- How would it feel to know that every day you have done or said something that made someone else feel better about himself or herself?
As people, we have a tremendous amount of power to influence each other, and we have have a tremendous daily opportunity to make that influence incredibly positive. When someone tells me that something I wrote or said has had a positive impact on them, it is more gratifying that I can express. It validates me and encourages me to continue and to improve. It makes me feel better than chocolate ice cream!
So, here is my promise to you. If you develop a practice of positively encouraging those around you, you will benefit more than they will. Your success will multiply, because your outlook is positive. I guarantee it.
Don’t believe me? Prove it.