As a young boy my mom called me "boo boo" because I went to her with all my bumps and bruises, saying boo boo. In those moments her love and positivity made everything better.
As I reflect on life and all the bumps and bruises we encounter I’m still convinced that positivity makes everything better!
Let’s start with perspective. How you see the world determines the world you see. A positive perspective causes you to see the world in a positive light which helps you see the good that is happening right now and create positive possibilities tomorrow. Seeing challenges as opportunities fosters adaptability and growth and choosing faith instead of fear allows you to thrive through change.
Now let’s talk about mindset. A positive mindset nourishes your mind and brain with positive thoughts and beliefs that maximize your ability and potential. I’ve never heard anyone say that someone needs to be more negative in order to get better. :) Most of us need more positivity because we must constantly battle life’s challenges. Positivity helps you overcome the negativity that discourages you and the adversity that makes you want to give up. So when faced with adversity, naysayers, criticism and rejection, a positive mindset leads to a higher state of mind that leads to more grit, resilience, optimism, belief, growth and success.
How about leadership? Does positivity make a difference? You bet! A Positive Leader is a better leader. Positive Leader sees a positive future and is able to rally their team to create it. With a positive mindset a positive leader is able to encourage themselves and their team through challenges and change and develop relationships that lead to enhanced engagement and performance. Throughout history it’s the positive leaders who have made the greatest impact and changed the world.
When talking about Positive Leadership we must also recognize that Positive Leaders Build Great Cultures that lead to sustained success and great results. Great cultures don’t happen by accident. They are created by positive leaders who live and share core values, implement success principles, attract and hire people who bring the principles and values to life and reinforce their culture. Positive leaders invest in the root (culture, people, purpose) that lead to the fruit (results, success).
Speaking of results, no one creates success alone. We all need a team to be successful and positivity is essential to building a strong team. Teams that stay positive through adversity together grow stronger and succeed together. Negative teams divide, crumble and fall part. Positive teams unite, connect, commit and get stronger together.
Relationships are the foundation that builds a strong team and guess what helps build a great relationship? You guessed it. Positivity. Couples who had more positive interactions at a ratio of 3 positive to 1 negative or greater were more likely to stay married. Couples who compliment, support, encourage one another will be happier together. Positive communication enhances and strengthens relationships.
I could go on and on and talk about how positivity makes you a better coach, teacher, parent, designer, builder, etc. To build something or build up someone, optimism, positivity and belief are essential to building greatness. If you don’t have it you can’t share it. Look around and it’s clear the world desperately needs you to share positivity.
At a time when we are being bombarded by pessimism, fear and negativity, it’s actually a great opportunity to be a positive influence and benefit from the positive advantage.
Positivity isn’t the only ingredient but it’s the key ingredient that makes you and everything you do and everyone around you better.
Positivity is the difference and it is the key to you making a greater difference.
Start fueling up with the Positive Advantage today!