Let’s face it. It’s ridiculously easy to be negative. Isn’t it? I mean, with all the reasons we have to be negative – unemployment, illness, job dissatisfaction, family difficulties, financial worries, etc. – why wouldn’t we be?
It requires zero effort and is a natural state for many of us. Being positive takes work. And sometimes, we just don’t want to do the work, do we?
I mentioned Jon Gordon yesterday. He preaches positivity, believing that negative emotions are not constructive and will not help us accomplish anything accept to create a life immersed misery. His latest book, The Positive Dog, talks about the two dogs we all have inside of us: the positive dog and the negative dog. These two dogs are often fighting it out in our minds and in our lives. The dog who wins is the one you feed the most. If you feast a consistent diet of positivity, the positive dog wins. Conversely, if you continually feed negativity to yourself, the negative dog wins.
Being Positive not only makes you better, it makes everyone around you better. – Jon Gordon
I think if we make a habit of positive living – of looking for the upside, seeking the good instead of the bad, and believing the best of ourselves and others – we can (and will) begin to change…for the better. Being positive will become second nature and when negativity rears its ugly head, we will quickly be able to spot it and squash it.
One thing Jon Gordon has created is The Positive Pledge. It’s a personal commitment to choosing positive thoughts and actions. Our internal conversations and our outward actions are closely intertwined. If our attitude is sour, our behavior will be foul. If our actions are positive, our attitude will be more pleasant and optimistic.
I’ve taken The Positive Pledge and I encourage you to do the same. Make a commitment to kick negativity to the curb! :) If you want to take this Positive Pledge with me, hop over to The Positive Pledge website and sign the pledge to make it official! You can also download and print a poster of the pledge so that you can be reminded to remain positive each time you look at it.
Hope your Memorial Day weekend is blessed and filled with positive moments!!