So Easy a 6th Grader Can Do It
By Jon Gordon
This past Friday I had the opportunity to speak to middle school students in Jacksonville, Florida about The Positive Dog.
When I asked the students, who here is an artist, they all raised their hands. I wondered how many adults would have done the same. We forget there’s an artist inside each of us.
When I asked the students, who here is a positive leader, they all raised their hands again.
I then asked them to tell me actions that a positive leader takes. There was no shortage of answers.
They are kind. They help others. They smile. They make you feel better about yourself. They care about others. They inspire and encourage you. They make a difference in the world.
It occurred to me that as adults we also forget there’s a positive leader inside each of us a well.
Kids get it and as adults we forget it.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. We just need to remember what we’ve always known…and do it.
So here are a few reminders to awaken the positive leader in you.
Feed Yourself with Positivity
- It’s important to feed yourself because if you don’t have it, you can’t share it.
- Be thankful. Research shows you can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time. Focus on what you get to do each day instead of what you have to do.
- Smile, it produces more serotonin in your brain.
- Read The Positive Pledge.
- Exercise daily. It reduces stress and boosts positivity.
- Download our free 11 day plan from The Positive Dog.
Feed Others with Positivity
- Smile at your co-workers, clients, friends and family. When you smile at someone they produce more serotonin in their brain as well.
- Recognize a few people this week for the good work they are doing.
- Write a thank you note to a few co-workers, employees and clients/customers or simply thank them in person.
- Do something for someone that shows you care about them.
- Encourage your team this week.
- Praise three times as much as you criticize.
- Decide to change the world in your own unique way.
These are just a few ideas. Try one or more this week. I promise they are so easy a 6th Grader can do it. Best of all by the end of the week you’ll feel like the positive leader you are…and you may even tell people you’re an artist painting the world with positivity.