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Leadership Tips: Nurture Positive Thinking

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Tomorrow is Positive Thinking Day. At Fierce, we talk about context - the lens in which you view the world. Your context is formed by your beliefs, experiences, and truths. It is how you see the world and how you interpret what happens to you while living in it.

What we fundamentally know is that our context determines how we experience the content of our lives. It is the difference in believing in scarcity or abundance. In fear or hope. In loneliness or being loved.

Some researchers, like Martin Seligman, frame positive thinking in terms of an explanatory style. People with optimistic explanatory styles will often give themselves credit when good things happen as well as think negative events are temporary and not normal. Negative explanatory styles are the opposite. Which category do you fall into?

This week’s tip is to focus on positive thinking. Give yourself credit when credit is due. Be kind with others. Assume the best. Walk into your conversations with more light and less assumptions.

Knowing your mission this week, I want to leave you with a Walt Whitman excerpt from his Song of Myself:

I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content. 

One world is aware and by far the largest to me, and that is myself,
And whether I come to my own to-day or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait.

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