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The Power of a Positive Attitude

Posted in Self Improvement by winofmacomb on June 27, 2011

This an email I received from a newsletter by Jon Gordon, author of The Seed and many other great books.  It’s amazing where a positive attitude will get you.

THE POWER OF A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

I received an email from a woman named Amber last week that I knew I had to share. I had to share it because she represents the great things that happen when a person decides to plant themselves where they are and make a difference with a positive attitude. While Amber says some kind things about me, it’s not about me… it’s about Amber and the choices she made. So with Amber’s permission here is her email to me:

Jon:

My name is Amber and I wanted to share a little bit of my story with you because what you’ve shared about life and positive energy has flipped my life right side up.

This past year has been one of the toughest for me… feeling stuck in an entry level administrative position for a company that has no relevance to what I want to do with my life. In January, after two years of being together, my boyfriend tells me he doesn’t love me and probably never did which left me devastated and broken hearted.

I’ve been signed up for your weekly newsletter and read them every Monday morning as I drink my coffee at work but it wasn’t until this March when I figuratively slapped myself in the face and said, “No more negativity!”

Since then I’ve started new habits at work to keep my energy positive and it’s drastically changed the entire vibe of my workplace. Currently I’m the receptionist/ administrative support and back in February I applied for the executive assistant position when the previous one left. Unfortunately, I was not offered the position but I was able to keep my current job.

So we hired an outside executive assistant and even though I didn’t get the job I wanted I still kept my attitude positive and helped out as much as I could with the executives and other departments.

When people walk in the front door I’m the first face they see so I smile big and sometimes start laughing when I say, “Good Morning!” Especially on Monday’s.

Instead of waiting for someone to ask me for help I offer it with an open mind and upbeat can-do attitude.

Apparently the CEO, CCO (Chief Clinical Officer) and CFO noticed my change and yesterday they offered me the executive assistant position because the one they hired is unable to keep up with their requests. (I won’t get into how much extra work I’ve had to do to pick up the slack for who they hired because I’m sure she’s trying her hardest).

Anyways, one of the biggest things I’ve taken to heart from your weekly newsletters and books is changing my perspective on how I view my job and its significance. Yes, it is an entry level administrative position but when I’m passionate about assisting people and doing the best job I can do it drastically makes my life feel fulfilling.

I am one of those people who is jaded by the repetitive rush of society making me feel like the only way I can make a difference is to start a non-profit company for a third world country. My life feels so much more put together and in order now that I have this awesome opportunity to give and learn with this company.

All in all I had to thank you somehow for having the passion to help others because it truly is inspiring to me. So thank you so much Jon… my life has changed because your words pointed me in the right direction. Take care!

-Amber

I know there are millions of people like Amber out there and if you are struggling like she was or have a friend or colleague who is struggling, please know that you can truly turn things around with the power of a positive attitude. It’s not just a theory. Amber is proof that it happens every day in real life.

If you have a power of positive attitude story please share it with us on our blog or Facebook page.

-Jon

Encouragement

Posted in Self Improvement by winofmacomb on September 5, 2009

“How do you know if a man needs encouragement? If he is breathing.” -Truett Cathy, Founder, Chick-Fil-A

With so many people in the world telling us we can’t succeed, we need to hear people telling us we can. I remember my high school English teacher telling me not to apply to Cornell University because they wouldn’t accept me and even if they did I wouldn’t be able to do the work. (It’s funny that I’m a writer now). I almost didn’t apply but a few days later I saw Ivan Foldfarb, a former teacher, in the hallway and asked him about Cornell. He said, “If you get in, then you go. You can do it.” His words made all the difference. I applied, was accepted and majored in Lacrosse :).

Too often we think it’s our role to inject a dose of “reality” into someone’s life. We think it’s our job to protect people from the pain of failure and defeat. We think we must point out how bad the economy is and how horrible the job market is and how the sky is falling. We think that dreams were meant for others.

I say there are enough pessimists and “realists” in the world. The world doesn’t need more negativity and impossible thinkers. The world needs more optimists, encouragers, and inspirers. The world needs more people to speak into the hearts of others and say “I believe in you.” “Follow your passion and live your purpose.” “If you have the desire then you also have the power to make it happen.” “Keep working hard.” “You’re improving and getting better. Keep it up.” “The economy is tough but you can still grow your business.” “The job market is not great but I believe you’ll find the right job for you.” “We’ve hit a lot of obstacles but we’ll get the project finished.” “Even if you fail it will lead to something even better.” “You’re learning and growing.”

When it comes to encouragement I know that everyone of us loves working for and with people who bring out the best in us. We love being around people who uplift us and make us feel great. And while we’ll always remember the negative people who told us we couldn’t accomplish something, we will always cherish and hold a special place in our heart for those who encouraged us.

Today I want to encourage you to be an encourager. So often the difference between success and failure is belief. And so often that belief is instilled in us by someone who encouraged us. Today decide to be that person who instills a positive belief in someone who needs to hear your encouraging words. Uplift someone who is feeling down. Fuel your team with your positive energy. Rally others to focus on what is possible rather than what seems impossible. Share encouragement. It matters and we all need it. Stay Positive! – Jon

Taken from Jon Gordon’s Newsletter http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-081709-encouragement.html