Having a positive attitude towards any situation starts with awareness so when I recently facilitated an inspiring group of people over 55 (www.alberta55plus.ca ) we started by intentionally focusing on our attitudes, devised a positive dictionary and moved from the cerebral to the physical. How? We practiced biting our tongue (which signals the negative talker that something isn’t right) then practiced smiling at one another (ever practice smiling? It’s sure to evoke laughter, eye rolls and a little light-heartedness), then worked on speaking up with language that’s positive and solution focused. I’ve coined it the BS2 method: Bite your tongue, Smile, Speak up - stay solution focused/say or turn negative into positive.
While the practice seems rather surface, and it is, the intent and outcome runs deep into how we act and interact with others. The physical manifestation, if turned into a habit in our brain and body, begins a change in thinking, action, process and outcomes. With a positive attitude, opportunities arise out of challenges, encouragement out of fear, strength out of powerlessness. Next time someone bites their tongue listen to what you’re saying and discuss solutions framed with positive language.
Check out my website www.fourward.ca for Absolutely Positive: A 2-4 for positive thinking, posting soon.