Wednesday is about to get all sorts of real! “Just as it takes days of concentrated practice to master a video game, training your brain to notice more opportunities takes practice focusing on the positive.” As I talked about yesterday, one of the best ways you can do this is to make a list of all the things you are grateful for. It is also a huge help to make a list about all the great things that come from your job, your career, and your life. This, just like any other concept, seems so simple. However, you could find years and years of research, which proves that if you do this overtime, it will have a profound effect on how your brain is wired.
When you take the time to think about 3 great things that happened to you that day, your brain is forced to scan the last 24 hours for potential positives–things that brought small or large laughs, feelings of accomplishment at work, a strengthened connection with family, a glimmer of hope for the future.
By just taking 5 minutes a day, we force our brains to think of opportunities for personal and professional growth. Again, it’s 5 minutes. So here comes the real question. Are you a positive or negative person? I want you to dig deep to find the answer to this question. Here are some of the questions you might ask yourself in discovering who you really are:
- Do you think positive thoughts? Or do negative thoughts quite frequently creep into your mind?
- Do you speak of people’s strengths? Or do you focus on their weaknesses?
- Do people want to be around you because you are positive and upbeat? Or are you a wet blanket?
- Do you take accountability for your actions? Good and bad? Or are you constantly trying to pass the buck?
- Do you look at the cup half full and the lesson in all things? Or do you quite often find the problem in things?
- Do you go out of your way to love and serve people? Do you serve yourself?
If you were to die today, what would people say about you at your funeral? As I have said before, one of my greatest driving forces in life is to be able to come down for my own funeral and to hear my children say, “You just couldn’t find anyone better. He was simply the best dad this world has ever seen.”
There isn’t a force strong enough to stop me from my life’s work.
Part of my life’s work is to be happy person who sheds light, love and laughter on as many that will hear the words come out of my mouth. I challenge each of you as well to be a force of good. Put aside your selfish desires and take care of people. Be a positive influence for good. The world needs it. You need it. Life is good! Let’s get it done!
Doing my life’s work, Cram