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Are You Positive About That?


Some people hear any statement about being positive and immediately think, “Oh, that’s the power of positive thinking junk.” I know, because I have had that said to me. My response has always been, “Well, it sure beats your negative thinking.” Henry Ford said,

"Whether you think you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."

In truth, someone with a positive mental attitude will win hands down over someone with a negative mental attitude. Just picture the football team behind by 5 points with less than 2 minutes to go and no timeouts left. The quarterback huddles his squad up and says, “Just stay focused and relax. We are gonna take this ball down the field and get a touchdown to win this game. Ready?” Or what about the alternative? The quarterback huddles his team up and says, “We don’t even have any timeouts left. I doubt we can get a touchdown that quick. Thanks for the effort today, guys. Let’s at least try to finish it out well.”

Which quarterback would you rather have leading your team? It doesn’t seem like a fair comparison, does it? While most of us aren’t on a football field trying to lead our team to victory every day, we are trying to lead ourselves or our team to success in the workplace. Maybe that “2-minute drill” is just replaced with the last month of our year and the goals that are still before us just waiting to be achieved (or not). 

Perhaps you have dealt with some setbacks this year. My advice to you is to keep pressing forward. Your goals are still ahead of you. As Lyndon B. Johnson said, 

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose."

The struggles that we have faced play a role in our lives. They helped shape us into the person ready to face the challenges ahead. Every failure to get the deal, sales call rejection, or missed objective, provided you with an experience that can be analyzed and evaluated for improvement. Through it all, remain positive that you can still grow into the person who can accomplish the goal you set out to achieve. 

Anyone can be positive when everything is going their way. The true test of having a positive attitude is remaining positive despite your present circumstances when they aren’t what you desire. Les Brown once said,

"Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you." 

Choose to be the person who brightens up a room with your entrance rather than your exit. Others will appreciate your attitude. It will also help build the “know, like, and trust” factor that is crucial to achieving your long-term growth objectives. 

Developing your mindset isn’t a singular event. It needs to be developed consistently over time. Want to join a community of entrepreneurs and business leaders seeking growth? Then join our Facebook group, “Strategic Business Growth,” where we focus on mindset as one of the six core principles to achieving sustainable business growth and success. Until then… 


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