#ThursdayThought – What Is Positive?
About 30 years ago the buzzword for success was having a positive mental attitude.
The premise was that always having a shiny outlook would produce the best results over time.
While compared to a negative outlook, it is by far superior. But having a PMA fails in understanding reality without the proper context.
One can be positive while rooted in reality.
A leader who can finds the opportunity in a failure will work a positive outlook in the reality of that failure. So will the leader who finds a teachable moment to encourage everyone to learn and work towards the next success, even if that success is many failures away.
It’s quite alright to be discouraged, get down, and not take losing or setback well. A rose-colored PMA discounts that we’re human with an emotional spectrum that drives us. Positive outlooks can motivate us forward, but seeking the positive when things are bleak and not favorable gives credence to the reality of losing and keep perspective in not letting us feel down for too long.
Being positive is always preferable, but positivity alone won’t get it done. Learn to work it with the emotional gamut of the success journey. It’s always better than negative or toxic leadership.