A few years back, I made it a point to visit my high school to spend a day with the senior class. One of my main messages was a clear recommendation to avoid negative people at all cost. No truer words have ever been spoken: “Misery loves company.” Do not fall into the web of a down-trodden, whining, bummed-out, ‘whoa is me’, ‘life is unfair’, individual. The world has its share of people who prefer to be the victim. Don’t simply walk away from these people… RUN.
The flip side to this advice is to migrate toward happening people. When you come across a person full of ideas, who is not frightened to try new things, make an attempt to hitch your wagon to this stabilizing force and explore the possibilities.
The power of positive people, positive views, and positive comments is an interesting phenomenon. Talking to a positive person on the phone, or enjoying a few minutes of their company, has a tendency to lift your spirits. Just yesterday, I spent time with an 85-year-old woman (high heels and all), who had the mind and quick wit of today’s 20-year-old. It was both refreshing and stimulating.
I have a number of associates I contact on a regular basis. I find myself laughing, cajoling, and brainstorming myself right out of a less-than-positive mood. It works every time.
So, if you find yourself heading for a rut, call one of your “A” Team Associates and snap out of it. We are all in this thing together and we will all get out of this thing together. Try something new. Attempt something bold.
One more thing: When somebody calls you, it may be a disguised call for help… to pump some life back into their world. So don’t let them down. Answer the phone this week like you have it together. There are people out there who need you. And they are counting on you to help lift their spirits. You do have a choice.
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