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Ovation: Being Positive.

12/10/2012

be_the_change_you_want_to_see_in_the_world_gandi_postcard-p239286389826221007baanr_400Recently, I enjoyed a nice dinner with a friend who is determined to send positivity into the universe with the hope of receiving positivity in return.  He’s making an effort to act positively and to say only positive things.  Being negative, he’s determined, has only brought more negativity into his life.  Because finding inspiration to write something positive every other day is often a challenge for me, I found myself excited to support his efforts.

Our dinner conversation reminded me of the time that I spent in college, pursuing a degree in education, during the semester that I studied the concept of Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.

“A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behaviour.” – Wikipedia

Teachers often find themselves working with students who honestly believe that they are destined to fail.  These students often believe this so completely that they become unmotivated and, ultimately, do fail.  Logically, one might conclude that the opposite could also be true.  So, when a friend tells me that they’re going to make an effort to exude positivity, I applaud them.  And I intend to join them.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Will you join us?

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7 Comments
  1. Great post. I agree with this. Malcolm Gladwell used the term “primed” to do something. If a person predisposes themselves to failure, he or she will likely achieve the goal of failure. If a person wakes up and says “I am going to make this a great day” then they are likely to achieve that goal. I was driving back from Atlanta after a retirement party and was down as I realized this retirement was the end of an era. I was physically down as well as mentally. I had some time before a meeting on the way back and the sun came out, so I took a stroll in the very quaint downtown of Greenville, SC walking to their accessible falls and enjoying the day. My mood changed because I said I am going to recharge my battery on this sunny day and it worked. Thanks for sharing this post. BTG

  2. Sunny permalink

    Hi Dia, When a person is positive, you do feel healthier for one thing.
    You don’t get that mental stress because you don’t dwell on negativity.
    I have found that with a positive attitude no one can say a thing about you.

  3. Right now, there is a lot of negative things going on in my life but I woke up this morning wondering if all the sh– falling on my head right now might not be an opportunity to make some changes? It honestly feels like it can’t get too much worse at this point, so things have to get better right? I have been feeling very negative lately about my job prospects & my life in general. Yesterday hubby came home early from work because he lost his job too. It was an incredibly sad & negative day. And it’s funny, when I got up this morning & saw hubby looking for work on his laptop, I suggested we talk about our future & maybe change our direction? So, we’re going to think further afield & maybe try something new since we now have nothing holding us here. It’s all in the attitude, right?

  4. I’m already there. I think trying to stay positive and find the humor in a situation changes your preception and, very often, the outcome. We need more positivity in the world. Kudos to you and your friend.

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