Positivity: Your Personal SuperpowerSep 19, 2023
Do you know anyone that is 100% optimistic and always sees positive in any situation?
My father-in-law, Ron Johnson, is one of those guys. He’s the most positive person I’ve ever met!
I’ve never heard him complain about anything or anyone, even though he’s had plenty of opportunities to do so. He always sees the bright side of every person and each situation.
No matter what happens to Ron, he always has the same approach. To have a positive outlook!
You may be thinking he’s had an easy life. Ironically, he has had one of the toughest childhoods of anyone I’ve ever met…
He grew up so poor he had to sleep in a drawer as a young child (the back of his head is flat to this day). He could never have milk in his cereal (only his step sisters received milk while he had water). He never had a birthday party, birthday cake, or any kind of birthday celebration for the first 18 years of his life. He faced much adversity including his step mother abusing him physically with scorching hot water, and much more.
So how can someone who has had some much to complain about, always be positive?
What occurred in his life to give him such an opportunistic mindset? Who were his mentors and his coaches to teach him to approach life this way? Did he have some professional mindset coach that drilled him until he finally got it?
Not at all! In fact, none of the above!
He made a CHOICE. A choice to be happy. A choice to see the cup half full. A choice to always believe tomorrow can and will be better than today. The choice to view challenges as opportunities.
Ron always chooses to look at life through the lens of rose colored glasses, and always challenges those of us around him to do the same. It’s truly inspirational for me to be around him.
I’m challenged to reflect on my own life and ask myself the same questions. I will ask you now…
What are people saying about you today? What are they going to say about you when you’re gone?
Your family, friends, and colleagues are watching you. They see and hear much more than we believe they’re noticing. They are creating an opinion about you and making a conscious or even subconscious decision about whether they want to be around you more or less.
So how are you doing with this?
Let’s each choose to live like Ron in this way, and choose to see the best in others, and to find the positive in each situation.
It takes work. It takes effort. It takes retraining your mind. It’s not easy, but it’s certainly worth it!
When you make this choice, it can totally transform how you see the world and how the world sees you. It's like a secret weapon for a happier and more successful life.
When you focus on the good stuff, you feel less stressed and more joyful. This can help you face tough times with strength and determination.
What's even cooler is that positivity is contagious. When you're upbeat, people around you tend to catch the positive vibes. That means your relationships get better, and when you work with others, it's more fun.
And when it comes to your own personal growth, positivity is like rocket fuel. It boosts your motivation, sparks your creativity, and makes you more willing to take risks. All of this leads to you accomplishing your goals and finding more happiness in life.
In a nutshell, positivity is like a superpower. It makes you happier, makes your relationships better, and helps you reach your dreams. So, deciding to be more positive isn't just a choice; it's a life-changing move that can open doors to a brighter and better future.