Don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking. It is definitely not about being pollyannaerish and ignoring problems. It is not about sitting in the park under a tree chanting ohhmmmm and hoping for the best!
Thinking positively means you acknowledge reality BUT then you turn your undivided attention to where you are heading … consistently focusing on feeling good about where you are AND feeling excitement about where you are going.
If you are thinking but I’ve got to be focused on my problems. I can’t just be all positive about the future. You’ve got the wrong end of the stick.
When you are driving and you see a car accident happen just in front of you – do you turn your entire focus on the car accident or do you look for an escape route to ensure you safely navigate your way around the problem? Life is no different.
You MUST acknowledge the problem …. you can’t ignore a car accident in front of you, however, nor should you give it your undivided attention … use either of these tactics and you’ll plow right through it and create an even bigger problem!
As a leader you are responsible for finding problems …. but your bigger obligation is for finding solutions. And that’s why you have to master tapping into the power of positive thinking.