Good Morning,

Hot, hot, hot that’s all I can say about the weather. Everywhere I stop someone says, “It sure has been hot, summertime has finally arrived.” “Yes sir, it is and it has” is my usual response, however sometimes I add, “I don’t like the summer time because of the heat.” Then one day I realized how negative that sounded. It made it seem I was an unhappy person and I would complain if it was too hot or too cold, so I changed my response. Now I say, “Yes sir; it’s great to be alive and have the opportunity to enjoy each day, rain or shine, hot or cold.” It works better, but now everyone avoids me because they think I am a nut.

I like being positive and being around positive minded people. A positive person can have a conversation with a negative person and when the positive person lays down a positive vibe, the negative person is usually caught flat footed and they usually end up agreeing, making them a little less negative and a little more positive than before. In my opinion, it easier to be positive and find a little good in most every situation; because it takes less energy and less energy expended in the hot summer time allows us to remain a little cooler. “Yes sir; it’s great to be alive and have the opportunity to enjoy each day, rain or shine, hot or cold.”

I have heard it said, “It’s not what you think you are, it’s what you think; you are!” What we think about, dwell upon or meditate about controls our mindset. We are what we think and the good news is; it’s a choice we can make. We cannot control our circumstances but we can control how we think about them and react to them. If we think on excellent things, positive, productive things, we will respond to life excellently and be more positive and productive. We will be what we think for the most part of our life and if that’s negative, there’ll be continual bouts of anxiety and worry but if it’s a positive mindset then we can rejoice in all things and give thanks for all things and we will most likely be standing in a crowd with them wanting to know our secret. This is stated a little different in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5, but you get the idea.

I am of the opinion; a positive mindset comes from being self-disciplined. Paul tells us the goal of peace and fulfillment runs through the path of self-discipline. We as leaders, positive minded leaders, need to govern our actions and reactions. We should stand firm and live in harmony as we display self-control. We have to guard our attitudes and think on positive things that edify as we replace worry with prayer. And we must give of our assets because nothing purifies a person more than sharing resources and trusting God to meet our needs.

So as a leader, we must work on ourselves because we are our greatest asset and our worst liability. We must work on our priorities and continue to fight for the important ones. We must work in our area of strength so we can reach our potential in all that we do. And we must absolutely and positively work with others because as leaders we can’t be effective alone.

There is an old story about being able to find positive perspective in any situation: Two ladies on a train car had a dispute concerning the window, and at last called the conductor as referee. “If this window is open,” one declared, “I shall catch cold, and will probably die.” “If the window is shut,” the other announced, “I shall certainly suffocate.” The two glared at each other. The conductor was at a loss, but he welcomed the words of a red nosed, slightly intoxicated man who sat near the two ladies. These were his words: “First, open the window, conductor. That will kill one. Next, shut it. That will kill the other. Then we can all have peace.” I know, I know, but you have to admit he did make an attempt at trying to remain positive in a negative situation, just saying.

I encourage each of us to try and look at the bright side of every situation. We have the opportunity to learn from positive and negative events. Teachable moments come in all shapes and sizes, be open and willing to view them as opportunities to stretch and grow. It will make a difference and add value to us and to others. 1 Thessalonians 5:15-16

Have a wonderful day,

JD