I have found out that belief in yourself is absolutely necessary if you want others to believe in you. If you don’t believe that you can do something, how can you expect others to? Where would David be if he hadn’t believed he could have defeated Goliath?
We all know the story – it’s one of my favorites and I feel it’s a good lesson for us all. It’s also a great example of belief in one’s self. He had faith in God as well, but so did the Israelite army. What gave David the courage to stand up and fight Goliath when others could not?
Positive Thinking- Positive Results
People who embrace positive thinking are capable of accomplishing tasks that seem impossible because they believe in solutions. When you believe you can do something difficult – and you succeed – many doors open for you.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of The Star Wars movies. I have them all and my family and I have watched them many times. When George Lucas succeeded in making these films, there were those who said the special effects he wanted to create hadn’t ever been done before and couldn’t be done. He decided to create a company and produce those ‘impossible’ special effects.
Wouldn’t it be great to find the perfect person to spend the rest of your life with? Marrying the right person the first time would certainly eliminate the increase in the divorce rate in this country, which continues to climb.
Keeping a marriage together these days takes a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of giving and less taking.
Why do some succeed and others fail? I believe you really have to know the person you intend to take down the aisle. Do you truly know the person you have fallen in love with?
You protect yourself from sharp objects, dangerous equipment, and ice covered roads, but what about the chilled sarcasm of a colleague? What protects you from the costs coming off your bottom line from stressed out employees in conflict?
Studies show that up to 30% of a typical manager’s time is spent dealing with conflict. Multiply the time involved by the number of managers in your organization and the estimated cost per conflict can be an alarming jolt to the bottom-line. The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress and many studies suggest stress is a byproduct of a conflicted work environment. These costs can rapidly diminish the dividends in an otherwise profitable and accident free year, if you’re not protected.
Facing our fears can be scary, but it can also change your life. Fear is a natural emotion; one that we always have to deal with.
It can be a negative force, but it can be positive as well. You can turn your fear around and use it to help you take on life’s challenges.
My good friend and colleague, Dave Blanchard, has said: “That fear is a chemical reaction in your body from an expectation that hasn’t been met. So, if you are feeling it – then go back and see what expectation you created …….. And let it go!”
I wanted to share with you something that I read the other day. This comparison warrants reading and rereading; it also begs us to take a little time for a reevaluation:
Have you ever considered that our life here on earth resembles a football game?
We are playing against a powerful team: Evil.
I believe that our invisible coach is Jesus Christ – or Higher Power – or whoever we truly believe in.
Our assistant coaches are good people, good books, newspapers and magazines.
I believe the invisible coach of our opponent is Lucifer, the Prince of Devils.
His assistant coaches are bad books, bad movies, a bad environment and bad company.
It’s been said that happy employees are productive employees. I believe this can be said for our personal lives as well.
I know I am definitely more productive when I am happy within. And I also believe that if you surround yourself with happy folks, it will have a positive effect on you – at home as well as at work!
When employees are happy, they are likely to form stronger bonds with their colleagues, form a better relationship with management, improve customer service and satisfaction, and produce far much better.
“YOU are completely responsible for all your success and failures, as well as your inner happiness.”
I find this fact so uplifting and inspiring, that it often reminds me of the day I went hang gliding a few years ago. I have always been intrigued by the majestic sight of watching these “human butterflies” in the sky; and was determined I would “fly” as well one day.
This was a big decision at the time; one that I am glad I made. I will always be grateful for that unbelievable feeling as we jumped off that cliff.