How Do You See the Glass?
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As a leader, you are looked upon for both motivation and inspiration, so how do you see the glass? Hopefully at least on the positive side as being half full. If you want those that you lead to be motivated and inspired than you need to be yourself.
Think back to a time when you were being led. Which of those leaders inspired you and the organization or team to greater heights? Were they positive or negative in their attitude and leadership style? Did they believe that the best was yet to come?
In some ways it sounds really silly to even be asking these questions and yet, many people in leadership positions (you might notice that I did not call them leaders) see the glass as half empty and then they wonder why things are not going well and so they blame the economy, their people, or anything else other than themselves.
One way of staying in a positive state of mind (glass half full or overflowing) is to do the simple exercise of counting your blessings. Once again though I challenge you to take it to the next level. When "counting" your blessings the next time do this. Write down everything that you experienced that day in the normal two columns that most people use, good or bad. Then take the items in the "bad" column and think about what you learned, how you grew and/or evolved from the experience. Do this without further judgement of the experience.
Do it everyday for at least 30 days until it becomes a habit and soon you will have only one column of experiences because you will no longer feel the need to judge them as good or bad and you will see that they are all truly blessings.
This will also help you as a leader be someone who sees the glass as overflowing with abundance, happiness and love, which you can then pass on to those you lead through your positive attitude. You will see a distinct difference in your life, those you lead and your organization.