Be positive. You’ve heard it before. It is a mantra that has taken many forms from many people.
From Marcus Arelius’,
“Very little is needed to make a happy life;
it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
to Barrack Obama’s,
“Yes we can”
The message of positivity is overwhelmingly inspirational. But, is there any truth to it?
Even as often as we hear it, intelligent and logical people still resist this concept. “Our actions alone influence our futures,” we tell ourselves. It’s hard to argue with that but don’t positive ideas lead to positive actions? Don’t positive actions result in positive outcomes?
Let’s imagine this scenario. You’re in a business meeting and you’re trying to close the deal. Everything is going great until someone blurts out, “He’s an idiot!” or some other insult.
Now let’s take a look at how positive thinking can affect the outcome of the situation. If we take a positive approach to this remark, we’d probably respond with a chuckle and move on and we close the deal.
If we take a negative approach to this challenge, you might respond, “What do you know? You’re the idiot. You don’t know what you’re talking about!” What effect does this have on the situation? Could this response change the outcome of our meeting? It certainly could and in this scenario we can easily see how being positive can truly influence our situation.
Now let’s think about the countless opportunities in our days where we are presented with the chance to make a decision, positive or negative. Every challenge we face is a crossroads. Do we choose the path of positivity and optimism or of negativity and pessimism? The path we tend to choose is what defines us.
How can we apply this in our lives? It’s simple. Whenever we face a challenge or an obstacle, pause. Instead of choosing the response that is natural or emotional, instead of choosing to do what we’ve done before or what we’ve seen others do, let’s simply choose to be positive. Not just once, not just once in a while, but every chance we get let’s start building patterns of positivity. Let’s start redefining who we are as individuals one decision at a time.