Who do people want to associate with? The person who is always negative, or the person who sees the positive side in every situation? I will not hire a person with a negative attitude. You can have all the education in the world, a resume with extensive accolades, but if you have a poor attitude I will not even entertain another meeting with you. On the contrary, a prospective member of our team may have a limited resume or experience but a desire to learn, contribute and help other people and they will garner a second interview. You can coach and teach members of your team new techniques or skills but you can’t teach attitude. This is why we prefer positive people because a negative attitude has ramifications on the entire team. It can severely disrupt the chemistry within an organization. An optimistic person also sees the potential in an opportunity. They have a belief system within them that is persistent even in difficult times. This is why when you are on purpose, have a strong passion for what you do augmented with an optimistic attitude, you can persevere through the difficult times.
Optimism is powerful. It gives you the chance to influence others and share your positivity with the world. My mentors who lead a positive, honest, optimistic life have a following that is the envy of many in the entrepreneurial world. The reason why is because people simply want to be around them and feed off of their energy. My clients always ask me what medication I am taking to have all this energy and be excited about life. I tell them I see the good in people, I see opportunity in every situation and I know that one day I will be able to help millions of people transform their lives. When you have this vision and belief system, there is nothing that will keep you from achieving it. The law of attraction states that the people who come into your life are a direct reflection of who you are. If you want different people in your life, then you need to change as well. We attract what we are.
Science says that the left brain is objective and analytical while the right side correlates with creativity. “The right side of the brain focuses on the visual, and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details. The focus of the left brain is verbal, processing information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole. Left brain thinking is verbal and analytical. Right brain is non-verbal and intuitive, using pictures rather than words.”4 Your creativity is what differentiates you from your peers and the competition. When you look back over time and study the true pioneers, you will see they all came up with ideas that nobody thought were possible. The telephone, walking on the moon, computers and smartphones — these were all ideas conjured up in someone’s mind that came to fruition by taking action. Creativity is especially prevalent in the entrepreneurial world and with business owners. Facebook was created by a college student who now reigns over a multi-billion dollar company. People need to get back to creating value and coming up with products and services that fill a void for people. There are enough followers in this world and we need the leaders to invent and design the products and services of the future. Without them, economies will suffer and the unemployment rate will continue to rise. Thought leaders and innovators bring concepts to reality.
One way in which you can become more creative is by eliciting feedback on your ideas and meeting with successful people in your niche. Always look at situations and ideas and ask: why or why not? Some breakthrough results and large deals have been brokered by asking that one final question. For example, what I can I do to win your business? What would this agreement mean for your company? Time and time again, we would win business
deals or attract new clientele by asking the questions that nobody else has asked or by offering a service or product that our competitors deemed irrelevant. Get creative and put yourself in your customer’s position. See their problems from their point of view. This will allow you to create or offer solutions that meet their needs. Ask for advice, try new things out, and always be looking for a better, faster solution. See new combinations and new possibilities. The best example of this are children. They ask so many questions and never stop inquiring. I always tell Caiden he can ask as many questions as he wants. I won’t get frustrated or annoyed. It is his way of learning and for some reason, we stop doing this as we get older. Perhaps we are scared, feel inadequate or just nervous. My advice to you is be like a child and always ask questions and implement your creative ideas.
There are only a few certainties in life, but one thing is certain: there will be many highs and lows and your job is to stay balanced through everything that life will bring you. Nobody said that your journey will be easy. What we do know is that when you are in balance, you have a greater perspective on life and you don’t make decisions out of impulse. Living life based on emotion is a recipe for drama. Try to live in a relatively straight progressive line avoiding the sharp spikes followed by the deep holes. I used to live this way when I was in my late teens and early twenties. As described earlier, I would live for the weekends and have extreme highs followed by sad or depressing Mondays. I was living out of balance with the earth and my soul. These extreme highs and lows caused unnecessary emotion and were not conducive to leading a productive life. I learned to put my trust and faith in God in that He instill a more stable, balanced human being. Through my study of Dr. Wayne Dyer and Joel Osteen, I learned to be more relaxed and peaceful. I learned that everything is unfolding exactly the way it is supposed to and trying to do things my way will only lead to heartache. Do you currently live for the weekends? Do you experience the highs and lows that contribute to your mood? Do you wish you could become more balanced and even tempered? If you do, you are not alone and I will guide you through this process.
Don’t waste time worrying. Worry is the insurance you pay on a problem before it happens. Most of the time the problem never even happens so you have just stressed your body, ruined your physiology and the event never happened. I am blessed to see the labs of patients who run stress hormone panels and I can tell you first hand that stress and worry depletes the body of your natural hormone production, damages your vital reserves and leads to serious illness. From a clinical perspective, stress and worry are my number one complaint from patients and I can see that when I review their lab work. Just relax and let things unfold the way the universe wants them to. Move in an ebb and flow while being aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to detail but turn your worries over to God. He will handle them just fine.