Clement Stone once said,
“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”
When I was in the 8th grade, I had a classmate, Mona. She was a bundle of vibrant energy that made any situation fun – even if it were one where we might be caught chatting during class by an annoyed teacher! Mona had a way of making the most unpredictable situations in school appear that it is all part of enjoying our school years.
In life, from the age we begin to socialize, we find ourselves drawn to the company of those who smile, make us smile and make us feel great about who we are. What is the ONE quality that makes these people special and wonderful to know?
Their positive nature – their ever-present smile of optimism that turns out to be quite contagious.
These individuals are naturally popular. They are fun to be with. Have you noticed that they are least judgmental of those around them?
The three ways we consciously or unconsciously communicate optimism are:
We may verbally express our admiration and appreciation through statements like,” Your work is great, you are truly talented!” When you light a lamp, you too are privileged to enjoy the glow.
Positive expressions regenerate positive feelings and beliefs. They not just show the right paths but light those paths well. They motivate and energise those around. While conscious efforts are supplemented to our natural ability to be positive individuals, we transform those so-called “withdrawn and hardly smiling” into the kind who are a treat to be around with.
Over the years, I’ve observed positive people to have the following attributes:
1) A creative attitude- They see each situation with immense possibilities. They look at “Obstacles” with an “Of course we will overcome them!”
2) A fun attitude – They trigger positive energy amongst those around them.
3) An attitude of enthusiasm – They connect to the people with enthusiasm and energy.
In college, I had a friend (she still is) , Prathiba. She received accolades and awards not just for her academic endeavors but her extracurricular accomplishments as well. What I have observed about her, was her warmth to people and her penchant to create smiles wherever she went – she always made people feel great. She was also perhaps the only girl in the college who I noticed was perpetually radiant, helpful to one and all and amazingly sunny. Not surprisingly, she was popular and loved wherever she went. Students admired her friendly charm, brilliance and her leadership skills while teachers doted on her sense of responsibility and maturity to handle situations.
Optimism is one quality that all inspiring leaders have – whether it is motivating their team to improve or whether it is for the process of attaining their goal or dream.
Effective leaders make their team feel good about themselves, valued and appreciated.
The optimistic leader will always have a unique, powerful and vivid style of communication, keeping in mind the philosophy of positive thinking.
Awareness of the power and vitality of optimism in life enables us to enjoy the richness and goodness that life provides us with in such abundance. Let us train ourselves to think nothing but positive thoughts; say nothing but positive words; do nothing but positive acts.
Go on …make the BEST of your LIFE.