Unrelentingly Positive

I drug myself out of bed this morning for yoga and an hour later, was happy that I did.  Some yoga classes have themes, this on did- unrelentingly positive. Turns out a fellow yogi put a comment in the comment box earlier that week thanking the teachers for always being unrelentingly positive.

It is really hard to be grumpy around a positive person.  Now I admit that sometimes the overly bubbly in-your-face happy person can roll your eyes and walk away.  But the majority of the time, a positive person makes you shed some of those discouraging thoughts.  The power of a smile, a laugh, and some optimistic outlooks can improve any situation.

Those who know me would probably classify me in that unrelentingly positive category.  It’s true, I’m an eternal optimist.  I smile all day.  I try to make people laugh when they are taking themselves too seriously.  I pretty much believe that ever person and every situation can make a turn for the better.

I just wish more people tried being unrelenting positive periodically.

Emotions and outlook are one of those herd mentalities.  I see it at work every day.  You get a few team members complaining about something- say the number of issues in the software for a new product.  They complain to a few people in the halls.  They mention how buggy the software is in meeting.  Next thing you know everyone is complaining about the poor health of the software.  Then I start hearing more people, different people, make comments “There is no way in hell we’ll hit a product schedule”, “I heard the software team has no idea how to even solve these issues”, “Wow, we’re going to be working late nights for months”.  Suddenly I am surrounded by a team of 30 Debbie-downers.

It’s pretty hard to motivate a team of Debbie-downers to be creative about solving problems when they think there is no hope for the project.

There is hope to turn these negative emotions into positive ones.  It takes the a few leaders to role model positive thinking.  To speak up in the face of negativity. “The software team is making great progress.” ” They are on the brink of a break-through. ” “The extra time has allowed us to make our part of the product even better”.

Just like the herd mentality that got everyone stuck in negativity.  A few positive people can lead the team in the opposite direction.  You work better when you’re happy.  You look for ways to improve your contribution.  The team likes to get together and talk about the opportunities.  As a result, the product out the door is ultimately better and everyone wants to work together on the next one.

Give it a try…be unrelentingly positive for a day.  Then try to keep it going for a week.

You’ll be amazed at the impact.  You’ll be happier and people will enjoy working with you and for you.  People won’t be able to be grumpy around you- which means you’ll be surrounded by more positive energy.  A win for everyone.

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