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The power of positive!
It is no secret, I am a HUGE fan of the Law of Attraction. It is one of the guiding principles in how I live my life (my husband would nod his head here). Are you familiar with the general concept? In summation, you are what you eat. 🙂 Or, rather, what you think about/believe/feel is what you welcome into your life. Simply put, if you think negative thoughts, negative mumbo-jumbo will come into your life. If you think positive thoughts, a lot of really good stuff starts happening and will continue to happen.
Have I lost you yet?
Okay, you might be thinking, seriously, Elizabeth, it just isn’t that easy! Life doesn’t work that way. Or does it?
From my own experiences, I have seen over and over and over and over (I think you get the gist) that I have been able to create a much more successful outcome based on which way I let my thoughts go (positive/negative).
I will admit here, I am no expert. I can only speak (or write) from my own life experience and I can’t make you any promises or money-back guarantees. I truly believe that the messages we tell ourselves, are the messages that we send out to the world, and ultimately are what comes back to us. Negative thoughts bring negative experiences, people, and outcomes. Positive thoughts welcome positive experiences, people, and outcomes.
What in the world does this have to do with PTGs?
Now, please don’t think I’m crazy, okay? I realize this concept isn’t something that everyone automatically thinks about or even believes in. But, I guess that is precisely why I want to talk with all of you about it.
Have you ever been to a meeting (PTG or otherwise) where the officers or other leaders clearly display their lack of interest or desire to be there? I know I have! I have sat in meetings where leaders announced exactly how many more meetings they have left until their term is over. That doesn’t exactly send a positive message, does it? Makes you want to sign-up to join them, am I right? Um, no!
If our leaders are saying out-loud in our most public settings, our business meetings, that they would rather be somewhere else, doing something else, how exactly are we welcoming new volunteers? How are we sending the message that what we are doing is valuable?
If our leaders are sending negative messages about their experience with our organization, how can we entice more people to join us? Simply put, we won’t. Their negative voices paint our entire group with a big, bad, glossy, ultra-neon sign that read, “We are not happy and do not like what we are doing. You will not have fun with us. You will not be appreciated.” That probably isn’t the most successful method of leading a group, right?
“But, I’m only being honest.”
Yes, PTG volunteer work can be very time-consuming. Yes, PTG work can often be a thankless job. Yes, it is often very challenging to find new volunteers each year to fill the ever-increasing volunteer gaps. Yes, it can be very discouraging to plan meeting after meeting with little to no participation. I am not disputing that there often ARE a large number of struggles PTG leaders face year after year. It is SO true for many volunteer organizations out there. But, let’s not make it even harder than it has to be. Please do not allow your voice or your group’s collective voice make things even more challenging! We should not be our biggest battles to fight!
So, I challenge you to monitor yourself over the next few months. What kind of language do you use when you talk about your PTG? If you find yourself complaining, try to focus on any positive aspect you can and talk about that. Instead of saying, “Thank goodness we only have 3 more months left of the year! I’m almost done!” Try, “Wow, this year has gone really fast. There are only 3 months left and we have so many exciting things left to do in that time! Let’s get to work!”
What words do you say to yourself about your work? Do you tell yourself you are doing a good job? Do you care about your PTG volunteers and their efforts? Do you find yourself saying, “Well, that was a waste of my time!” If you do, try flipping around your mindset and say something positive. How about, “That wasn’t exactly the turnout I was expecting, but it gave us an opportunity to do something fun for our school and that is really exciting.”
Don’t you just love it when you try something and it works, like, right away? Me too. That is great and all, but most of the time, we do not get immediate results. A one-time pill does not cure thyroid disease, just like one visit to the chiropractor does not instantaneously correct serious neck or back maladies. Much like everything else in life, you have to give it time. So, please allow yourself some time to work on maintaining a positive mindset. You might even need some gentle reminders to keep yourself focused (I know I do!) Just don’t give up… I really do believe that, in time, you will see many positive results!
And, if you aren’t quite sure about all of this Law of Attraction stuff yet, there are tons of great books out there that would explain things even better than I do. You might discover this topic is of great interest to you. I have found the book, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality, very eye-opening. Check it out and see for yourself, it is really good!
Negative and positive leaders both make an impact, but what kind of impact do you want to make?