We have a choice about where to aim the lens of our attention. We can relive past injustices, settle old grudges and nurse festering sores. We can imagine failure, build up its potential for destruction, calculate its odds. Or, we can imagine the generous outcomes we’re working on, feel gratitude for those that got us here and revel in the possibilities of what’s next. – Seth Godin
Feelings and attitudes are contagious and can quickly spread throughout a group or community.
Leaders’ feelings and attitudes are particularly infectious and are determined, in large part, by where they focus their attention.
For instance, school and classroom leaders who spread positive emotions and attitudes focus on:
• problem solving and growth instead of complaints,
• talking with people (integrity) instead of about them (gossip),
• efficacy instead of resignation to the status quo,
• gratitude and appreciation instead of negativity,
• strengths instead of deficits, and
• creating a desired future instead of lamenting and acquiescing to a future being created by others.
The list could go on…
To put it simply, leaders who spread positive energy consistently focus on being their best selves, both for their own benefit and for the benefit of those with whom they interact in their personal and professional lives.
What is missing from my list?
I will be taking a sabbatical over the next few months to refresh and renew. Best wishes for an enjoyable summer (or winter if you happen to be Down Under)!