Do you want to know why people are negative? Do you want to know why people are irritable? Do you want to know why some people drain you of your energy? Do you know why most people have a bad attitude? Honestly, do you want to know?
Because it’s easier to be upset than it is to be happy.
Positivity is my choice and it’s a better view for me. Here’s why I believe so…
Today, and practically every other day of the week, it’s your responsibility to keep a positive mindset even at your lowest points. That’s been the case for me during these past couple of months.
However, at this moment writing this piece, I choose to have a positive attitude, to research what’s necessary to effectively communicate my points to readers, and to understand the number of opportunities available to each and every one of us as we live and breathe on this Earth.
Even as we live through arguably the worst point in time since The Great Depression, and as we live through this global pandemic, our ability to remain positive and optimistic has to be at the forefront of our minds.
Your mindset affects all aspects of your career, business, schooling, and personal life.
Our brains are programmed to remember pleasurable times and not pain.
Regardless of whatever shit you’re going through right now, stop and breathe for a few seconds. We all have things to look forward to in life.
I’m still convinced that most people don’t know what a paradigm is. Simply put, a paradigm is a distinct set of concepts, a model, a standard, or thought patterns passed down for generations.
What if you viewed each day of your life as your next great moment? Instead of just showing up to work and going through the regular motions, you decide for Option A — giving your maximum effort to this day, with a positive attitude.
You know your efforts in one day won’t win you an Oscar. But sooner rather than later, if you continue to put together many strong days, it will lead to the culmination of a prize well worth it. You’ll start to see the results you crave in your heart.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a die-hard sports fan. Philadelphia sports to be exact. Nevertheless, it’s been challenging to live in these times without live sports. I deeply miss going to Citizens Bank Park to watch Phillies games.
Part of what makes baseball so special to me is the fact that for six months, there is a game played nearly every day. However, that isn’t the case right now so just bear with me real quick.
If a player or team fails, succeeds, loses, or wins, there’s always the next day or night game. There’s always tomorrow. A new opportunity. A brand new chance to do it again, and do it better than the day before.
One thing we can learn from baseball players is to always put the past behind and focus on the next game. A baseball player can strike out three times and ground out to the pitcher, his team can get smacked, and yet the next day he will be back in the box with the optimism and smile of a young player. On to the next one as Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz said.
While we will have many more “at-bats” in life, life also has this funny way of going by really fast. We have to make the most of each moment today. This way, we lock in gains of improvement that help to stoke our future results.
Always Do Your Best
Strive to think of things this way: don’t get caught up thinking too much about what you’ve accomplished or what you haven’t done. That isn’t the point. It’s not about celebrating too much in past victories or beating yourself up over mistakes, failures, and momentary defeats.
Life is always about focusing on the exact moment in time you’re living in (I’m still working on this one too). Like living in the moment with your girlfriend, boyfriend, or partner. Like pursuing your passion and giving it every ounce of your focus and effort. This is clearly the most satisfying part of life!
We each have a new day, a clean environment to work from, things to create, inspiration to pull from, and new places to travel to and explore.
It’s all about today, then you can focus on next week, next month, and eventually, visualizing the years moving forward.
What’s next for you? You have a blank canvas, so make it your piece of art.
My Very Best,
Donovan E. Vogel