I am so amazed at the amount of positive people I've met on my travels so far this year. And yet with all that positivity, I am still reminded on social media of quite the opposite. So let me tell you how positive those who are traveling, working, selling, and just making an honest living feel.
First, let’s start with my schedule thus far, so you are very clear that I am not exaggerating and this is not USA-centric.
• First week of January - Vancouver, Canada
• Second week of January - Portland, Oregon | Monterey, CA | Houston, TX
• Third week of January - Atlanta | Chicago
• Fourth week of January - New York | Washington DC
• Last 2 days of January - Dallas, TX
• First week of February - Dallas, TX | Vail, CO | Orange County, CA
• Second week of February - Manila, Philippines
• Third week of February - Napa Valley, CA | Toronto, Canada
That brings us to today! How did your schedule compare? How diverse was your interaction with the ‘real people’ out there making things happen? Were you stuck in your office, home or city talking to the same people you always talk to, listening to the same news, reading the same blogs and interacting the same friends? If the answer is YES, than you need to get out more.
In each of these destinations above, the following comments are the reality of a positive outlook on life:
• “So excited that our business is turning around”
• “We have never been busier than we are right now”
• “I can’t believe how many leads are pouring in”
• “I love my new boss”
• “I am thrilled with my new office”
In each interaction with these groups of people, I was inspired by their positive view of life. No one cared about discussing politics, religion or negativity. They were focused on looking at life with the glass half full and even in the most strenuous of circumstances, kept their view of life and business positive.
If you are a leader reading this, think about how you are coming across to your team, and if you are a business owner, consider your perspective on life and what that says about your business. If you are like me and just need to keep ‘getting on with it to get the job done,’ think about how you come across to your peers and clients.
We have one shot at this life. Each day spent with a negative tone takes away from the positive work we could be doing.