Motivational speakers and positive thinkers are so easy to make fun of. If you can set aside your own optimism and good manners long enough to let yourself group them into stereotypes you’ll find yourself noticing that they’re usually one of the following:
- The peppy cheerleaders with ponytails that flip back and forth while they jump around, seemingly very excited about “the team.”
- The used car salesmen urging you to take a creative approach when describing situations. That car isn’t a death trap, it’s a well-loved classic. That house isn’t a fixer-upper, it’s an investor’s opportunity. You’re not unemployed; you’re in transition.
- The coach who sandwiches his insults and criticism between layers of praise. “So what if we’re down. We’re the best and we’re going to show them. Now get off of your pansy backsides and quit being weenies. Let’s go kick some butt. Chant with me now, we’re the best, we’re the best, we’re the best…”
- The preacher who has divine information that you’re living perfection and wants to remind you of what your soul already knows.
- The mom who won’t let you forget that you’ve messed up but wants you to do your best next time. We can make fun of these personality styles all we want, but one thing is clear; we need to maintain a positive attitude if we’re to thrive in our careers, with our families, and in life in general. Positivity might be the only social force with the power to make anything better by helping us change our thinking.
Right now you might saying “Bull! Positive motivation doesn’t work. It may help in the short term, but it wears off!” I hear you. However, in his book, “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World” motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar has said “Of course positivity and motivation aren’t permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” Here then, are a ten reasons why positivity is so essential for work / life balance:
4 reasons Why Positivity is Essential in the Workplace
- Because attitudes are contagious. Basic organizational leadership teaches managerial students that praise and encouragement go much farther than criticism and condemnation. One “bad apple” can spoil the whole bunch.
- Because positivity is inspiring. It takes courage to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions. A leader who maintains a positive environment will be more likely to benefit from an inspired team of risk-takers and innovative thinkers.
- Because no one likes being around a meanie. For a happy and productive crew you’ll want to make sure no one is preoccupied with thoughts of “Get me out of here.”
- Because wherever you go, there you are. It’s hard to shake a bad mood once it’s affected your day. If you’re crabby with the barista who pours your coffee, you’ll be crabby when you arrive at work. Even if you manage to shake the mood over lunch, you’ll return to an office full of people who are annoyed with you. Chances are everyone will leave angry, turning happy hour into mad hour, and the next day when everyone arrives hung over and still annoyed with you, the crabbiness will have spread to their families. It’s a vicious cycle.
3 Reasons Why Positivity is Essential at Home
- Because home is a refuge and the people in your nest should feel safe. Just like in the workplace where a crabby leader can hinder creativity; a crabby parent can make it difficult for kids to develop emotional intelligence. Treating people the way you want to be treated applies to people of all ages. Kids learn by example and are only permanently influenced by the values of their adult associates.
- Because a home that’s positive and uplifting can be a source of energy and support in dealing with the outside world. Heading to school or to work shouldn’t feel like escaping the insanity. If leaving home every day is a profound relief, then it might be time to create a more positive home environment. When it’s time to leave, wouldn’t it be nice if everyone looked forward to coming together again after the day’s activities?
- Because once the kids are grown, the jobs are retired, the mortgage is paid off, and life is slowing down, you’ll want to look back with your spouse and say “That was a wild and wonderful ride. Thanks for taking that with me.”
3 Reasons Why positivity is Essential for Life Balance
- Because we’re all in this together. The attitudes we have and the way we communicate with one another have a ripple affect. People who are committed to positivity, along with truth, beauty, and goodness will align themselves with organizations and causes that resonate with their values.
- Because a grim and dismal outlook creates stressed-out people. Stress hormones are higher in people who pay attention to news stories of war, crime, poverty and destruction. Feelings of desperation brought about by stress often inspire people to desperate acts. It’s a vicious cycle that can be avoided by refusing to become a barometer reflecting the news of the world.
- Because the health of your community depends on it. No only can stress cause you and your associates to behave in erratic ways, it’s also bad for your body. Prolonged exposure to stress hormones causes organ damage and alters brain chemistry. It can disrupt sleep patterns which can make driving difficult.
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By Greg Marcozzi 24 Feb 2014
Okay, I usually hate stuff like this — in particular, being coached to be positive if I am not particularly feeling it. But frankly I agree that a positive attitude can have a huge beneficial effect on your outlook and in turn the results you produce. But isn’t that kind of stating the obvious? What I find intriguing about this topic is how it relates to creatives. This is brimming with potential and I, for one, would like to see where it goes.
Follow my reasoning for a moment here… Creatives as a group have left a bit of a bloody historical trail with regard to psychological equilibrium. Just look at the scads of artists, musicians, writers and actors/directors who have suffered from depression, bipolar syndrome, alcoholism, drug addiction. The suicide rate is appalling! Is this some kind of a curse that comes with the creative package? When you’re about to be born, does God say, “Here you go, these are your gifts: You’re going to be a brilliant artist, set all kinds of new trends, change the way people look at the world and leave a legacy of creations that will be gracing the halls of museums centuries after your death, which, oh, by the way, will come as the result of a drug overdose at the age of 23. Sorry about that — short life but a brilliant one!”
So given the track record that seems to follow the creative mind, what does that say about the affect/need for positivity? Do we need to work harder at it? Do we run the risk of bipolar swings by getting too high and then crashing down? Should we instead focus on maintaining an even keel and avoiding emotional swings? When do you produce the best work and what is your mindset when you are in the zone? I have some thoughts but I’ll hold off and get some feedback from others first.
By doc 24 Feb 2014
Luther said himself that he made his reformatory discovery in cloaca [Latin for “in the sewer”]. We just had no idea where this sewer was. Now it’s clear what the reformer meant.
Artist must suffer.
I guess most would agree that Martin Luther was a creative guy. After all, he started the gosh darn Protestant Reformation… a creative religious artist… but he suffered… where?
He suffered on the toilet seat. He was perennially constipated… and, of course, the food he ate didn’t help either… but God did! His faith in God saved him from constipation so he would no longer have to conduct conversations from his toilet.
The birth place of the reformation was the toilet! Why?
Cuz crap is everything!
Look at the green green grass and the birds up in the sky. It’s all because of crap and this clip will tell U why:
Crap Is Everything
By Leah R. 25 Feb 2014
I’d say that a positive environment fosters growth and healthy development. With a positive attitude, you can both give and take criticism and learn from it. You might come up with a new idea, or might inspire someone else to do the same; in any aspect of life!
Overall I think positivity creates acceptance, encouragement, respect, and inspiration in all aspects of our lives. It’s a way to impact all those we meet and work with, and make the most out of our own life.
By Greg Marcozzi 07 Mar 2014
@doc – LOL! That was hilarious! The bit about Luther getting inspired on the throne was also quite educational. I never knew this factoid. So does this mean that the 95 theses also represent 95 movements?
Seriously though, suffering for one’s art is a well-known concept. My question is, why is this so? What is the relationship between creativity and psychological turmoil?
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