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How to stay positive. #39: 2013

Posted in on a + note by flickfancy on September 30, 2013

kitty#39It’s tough to stay positive. We are bombarded with negative messages day in and day out plus we read and hear negative stuff regularly at home and at work. But to be a successful leader you need to stay positive and connect with both staff and the community. Being shortsighted and insular will only encourage and attract more negativity.  Staying positive and working together are the actions that will attract success and ultimately happiness.

But have you actually thought about what makes you happy? For me it’s a healthy balance of:  challenging work and time off, rest and exercise, a healthy diet, dog walking, some time to write, cook, craft and be creative, good reads plus the love and support of my family.

  1. Are there things that you can do that will keep you in an environment where happiness and positivity thrive? What would your list include?
  2. So, how do you keep a positive attitude?

►Negative comments and negative self-talk are counterproductive and feed on themselves. Make a conscious decision to keep your words positive.

►Keep your options open. One of my favorite sayings is “it’s the smart girl who has plan B.” With no options, it’s difficult to stay positive.

►Helping others is the easiest way to stay positive. In library land, we have that opportunity on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

►Be a role model of positivity. Just like a pebble tossed into a pool of water, it all starts with you and your personal decision to be positive.

►Celebrate the good times like a birthday or a customer compliment, because it will truly help you and your peers get thought the tough times.

►Start the day off right – make your morning routine positive. For me it’s; tea and the newspaper, a walk with the dogs and some Motown tunes on the way to work. By the time I roll into the office, I am positive and ready to make a difference.

►End your day on a positive note. For me it’s an after dinner walk, a good book or television show and 2 snoring dogs !

Staying positive will enable you to better lead your library, your community and your family. But it doesn’t just happen – you need to create an environment where the positive can take root and flourish. The reality is, if you are surrounded by the positive, it’s easy to stay positive.

Have a swell week and keep it positive, whatever that means to you.

Kitty Pope                                                                                       #39 September 2013

kpope@library.guelph.on.ca

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