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Highlighting the Houston District

March 2013

This month I want to share something I read years ago. I hope you enjoy it. The mind is a powerful thing. It can make all the difference in the world on how your life pans out. Take time and read what experts tell us about our attitude and what we can do to make things better.

Positive Attitude Means Longer Life – If you want to live a long, healthier life then you need to develop and maintain a positive attitude – it’s now a fact thanks to a study from two American Universities. Researchers followed and studied 1500 people for 7 years. All 1500 were in good health when the study started. Researchers followed how they aged by measuring such things as weight loss, walking speed, exhaustion and the strength of their grip.

What exactly did they discover? They found that people who maintained a positive attitude were significantly less likely to show signs of aging, they were less likely to become frail and were more likely to be stronger and healthier than those that had a negative attitude. If you have a doom and gloom attitude you’re actually killing yourself and at the very least – your negative attitude is just making you weaker.

Researchers found that positive thinking and attitude improved a person’s health because it made it more likely that they would succeed in life. So not only will a positive attitude help you be healthy and live longer – but it also increases the likelihood that you will succeed.

Lead researcher Dr. Glenn Ostir explained it this way: “I believe that there is a connection between mind and body – and that our thoughts and attitudes/emotions affect physical functioning, and overall health, whether through direct mechanisms, such as immune function, or indirect mechanisms, such as social support networks.”

Attitude Motivation – Attitude Motivation is about how people think and feel. “It is their self-confidence, their belief in themselves, their attitude to life – be it positive or negative. It is how they feel about the future and how they react to the past.”

Attitude Is Infectious– Your attitude is the first thing people pick- up-on in face-to-face communication. Just as laughing, yawning, and crying are infectious, attitude is infectious. Before you say a word, your attitudes can infect the people who see you with the same behavior. Somehow just by looking or feeling, you can be infected by another person’s attitude, and vice versa. When you are operating from inside a really useful attitude, such as enthusiasm, curiosity, and humility, your body language tends to take care of itself and sends out unmistakable signals of openness.

Unlock Your CreativityCreativity is not about inventing something totally new, it is about making new connections. You don’t have to be a special kind of person to be creative – everyone can do it. It’s not about who you are, it’s about what you do. You just need to start looking for multiple solutions rather than settling for just one, and give yourself permission to be playful and inquisitive, flexible and versatile.

The Law of Forced Efficiency – This law says that, “There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.” The key question you should ask is “What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?” This is the question that dominates time management. This is the key to overcoming procrastination and becoming a highly productive person.

Every hour of every day, there is an answer to this question. Your job is to ask yourself the question, over and over again, and to always be working on the answer to it, whatever it is. Do first things first and second things not at all. As Goethe said, “The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least.” The more accurate your answers to this question, the easier it will be for you to set clear priorities, to overcome procrastination and to get started on that one activity that represents the most valuable use of your time.

The Power of Gratitude – “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

Effective Problem Solving – When you think of problems you’ll only attract more problems. When you think of solutions – you’ll attract solutions and opportunities.  Approach the problem with the expectant attitude that there is an innovative practical solution just waiting to be found.  Be relaxed, confident and clear in your mind.

I hope these tidbits help you. Stay positive. Do it for yourself, your friends, your family, and your coworkers. Have a good month.

1 Comment »

  1. The research on psychological well-being is irrefutable. It is a fact our perceptions of ourselves and the influences of society affect our quality of life.

    Our attitudes are predicated on opportunities and personal achievement. When there is a perception of opportunity and the experiences of individual success, people are more incline to have a more positive outlook and attitude. Contrarily, when people perceive inequalities and conclude personal success is unachievable they are more likely to have a negative attitude.

    We all are the final arbiter; we make the final choice when it comes to attitude. However, the significance of environmental health cannot be downplayed.

    As manager of the Houston District you have the responsibility and organizational capability to ensure all district employees have a work environment that promotes, supports, and assists equal opportunity and personal achievement. The organizational success of the district will not be achieved by the management of processes only. To achieve breakout performance, the district must have leadership that understands the importance of environmental fitness.

    With the right environmental setting, positive thinking will not just be personal elective, but rather an encouraged derivative of social ecology. I know you have the skills to be an instructional leader to promote the right culture for positive thinking.

    Comment by Dennis Brinkley | April 9, 2013 | Reply

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