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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.
David Taylor Klaus, noted coach and leadership mindset teacher, emphasizes the saying “Done Beats Perfect”, to allow people to move forward without having to be paralyzed by the disease of perfection.
When we think through this principle it’s interesting to note a few observations:
- Some of the most successful people just acted, started their business and improved their business model as they went. Many of them admitted that had they waited, their golden opportunity would have either passed or never come to fruition.
- Many of those same people are sought after speakers. They are not polished as the coached corporate speakers, and instill more relatability and action from their speaking as they just get it done from the heart, not from the textbook of Toastmasters.
- It’s where the typical creative department bogs down processes. According to Gary Vaynerchuk, when creative gets democratized, messages come quicker and are more relatable to the audience
- In the same vein, a carefully constructed social media post or ad campaign that airs in calculated times or platforms will not be nearly as effective as the less-than-perfect post or ad that has increased speed, increased frequency, and increased realism that appeals to the true audience
Many times the project or content is ready. It’s just the creator that’s not. Coach DTK helps us to re-frame that mindset to what’s really impactful and important.
Done beats perfect every time. So what can you implement today that can make an impact now?
As the old saying goes, “Laughter Is The Best Medicine”.
Levity is a needed commodity in a workplace that needs a pressure release, and a world that needs more light shone upon it.
Humor, clean and respectful, has a place in every aspect of our lives. Yet all to often it’s forsaken because we have a job to do, society is in turmoil, and we can’t possibly minimize the seriousness of the world we live in.
Which is all the more reason we need to laugh. To find amusement, laughter and levity in the most stressful of circumstances.
Levity gives perspective. It releases endorphins and take the pressure off. It refreshes the soul, sharpens the mind, and builds connection if done respectfully.
Oftentimes people infuse humor into a meeting, workshop or presentation to create relatability, foster engagement, and increase learning.
But many times levity happens because it’s needed. The team needs a release, a pressure valve. And the person who can do that brings people and teams closer together.
Levity can be an ally, to our jobs, communities, and groups. It’s an overlooked human need that heals, and truly is the best medicine.
One we need more than ever.
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