Is your glass half empty or half full?

How would others describe you: as a positive person? Is your attitude and approach to life positive?  If so, give yourself a high five. Positive people achieve more, are nicer to be around and are more liked than negative people. Good luck and good health follow them around, too.

Nearly 100 years ago, a German philosopher and linguist named Ludwig von Wittgenstein pointed out that ‘words enable deeds‘. Do you take care to use positive words and phrases? Your words and phrases colour the way you think and feel and the way you think and feel shape the way you act. Your words literally program your brain and guide your actions. Thinking and talking negatively leads you down a path of failure; thinking and talking positively leads you down a path of success.

That’s the first reason a positive approach is important. Here’s another: I once met a man named John who told me he always made a point of replying ‘Fantastic!’ whenever someone asked ‘How are you?’ His intention was to portray positivity. One day, much to his surprise (and delight), someone introduced him like this: ‘I’d like you to meet my friend John–he’s fantastic!‘ John had become associated with his own word.

Like John, we all become associated with our words. That’s the second reason a positive approach is important: it influences the way other people see you. When you fill your thoughts and communications with positive words and messages, you encourage others to see you in a positive light.

A positive approach can make your days, and everyone else’s, that much brighter.

Discussion questions

How might applying ‘the positivity principle’ help you lead your team more effectively, be a better colleague, work better with your boss, and improve your results?