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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
If Life happened to be an Open Book
and the inspiration of Marie Kelleher
by Charlie Adams

Marie Kelleher is 100 years old (photo below) and setting national (U.S.) records in swimming. She became first female USMS [United States Masters Swimming] member to compete in the 100-104 age group.


She drives her own car, swims four days per week at 5am (she takes Wednesdays off), and competes in meets that are close to home.

Kelleher, representing Virginia Masters Swim Team, established new United States Masters Swimming (USMS) national records in the 50 free (1:44.10) and 100 free (3:40.00).

What is interesting is her time in the 50 free. My oldest daughter is a high school swimmer who will swim at the collegiate level. She swims the 50 free in 25 seconds. That is down and back in a pool. When I saw Marie’s time of a minute and 44 seconds, I thought that was awful slow. But that’s the point. Marie is slow. Heck, she is 100! But she is out there. They say it looks almost as if she is not moving, but she is!  She keeps going.

As there are currently no USMS records listed in the books for the female 100-104 age group for any course, she becomes the oldest known American woman to have competed at a USMS-recognized meet.  With her recent performance, Kelleher might be the oldest woman ever to have competed in the 100 free, in any pool, anywhere.

If she can swim in competitive meets at 100, by golly the rest of us can do something for exercise!

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Back in the late 1970’s there was a basketball player named David Magley of South Bend LaSalle High. He was named the best player in Indiana high school basketball and went on to play for Kansas University and in the NBA.

When his former high school closed its doors a few years ago in consolidation, he spoke at the final commencement. Now in his mid 50’s, David nailed it with these words:

“If Life Were An Open Book… “I wish I Was Dyslexic” – by David Magley

As my life continues to unfold and evolve, I can’t help but think “If Life Were an Open Book, I Wish I Was Dyslexic”.

The story of my life is such a difficult read, tough financial conditions, alcohol abuse, health problems, illness, disappointment and even death.

But when I stop and look back, I can clearly see how so very many times every situation that appeared too difficult to bare became a great experience:

*Losses became the game plan for winning
*Illness became a reason to enjoy health
*Going without created a desire to appreciate what I do have
*Mistakes that others made were the road map for avoiding the same potholes
*Mistreatment was a reason to treat people well
*Bigotry became a cause to educate the ignorant
*Crushing romance became a barometer for true love
*Death gave me cause to celebrate life

I do not know how my life would have turned out any differently, but I do know that I am grateful that every trial and tribulation has led to a better, more rich experience.

So while I often wish that I could read from the back to the front in this book called “life”, I am thankful that I haven’t because I would not have near the wealth that experience teaches. The book would be an easier read, but it sure would not be a better one!

Always, KEEP IT IN PERSPECTIVE!!!”

– by Dave Magley, former South Bend LaSalle High and Kansas University basketball player

Charlie Adams

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This week’s inspirational video
How one Business keeps their positive attitude


In this week’s inspirational I share a video that I have played around the country in both the How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing seminar as well as The Spirit of Customer Service. I spent a day studying a Michiana business that excels in attitude and customer service. This video is filled with ideas that you can implement in your business, college/school or church.

The Positive Attitude and Spirit of Customer Service from McCormick Electrical!
The Positive Attitude and Spirit of Customer Service from McCormick Electrical!

These are the kind of videos I play in the 2 hour seminars on attitude and customer service. I would love to talk to you about how these seminars can be utilized at your special events or in your training of employees.

Charlie Adams Motivation

Equipping organizations and people with the attitudes to be positive, solution centered and dedicated to seeking excellence!

“How to Build a Positive Attitude an
d KEEP the Darn Thing!!”

This keynote, or 2 or 4 hour seminar equips your people with the attitudes to be more positive, team oriented and solution centered.

ALSO:

* Stoke the Fire Within (peak performance keynote)

* The Spirit of Customer  Service (2 hour seminar often paired with How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing!)

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Direct line: 574. 807. 2279

Email: charlie@stokethefirewithin.com

Photo Charlie Adams speaking to Laidig Systems employees

To order your copy now of How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing, click here

This week’s inspirational travel video

These short videos are designed to inspire you and give you a quick ‘escape’ from the daily challenges of life, to help you stay positive!

“Other North American parks have their wildlife, but none has animals so visible or diverse as Denali. And other parks have their mountains, but none with a stature so stunning, a summit so towering as McKinley.” – National Geographic, on Denali National Park in Alaska, home of Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America.

This video has a motivational lesson in it as you will see a grizzly bear in relentless pursuit of its’ prey. It does not stop until it gets it. However, was the Grizzly wise to expend all those calories on that particular snack? Hard work is good, but smart hard work is better.

Grizzly on the attack in Denali National Park
Grizzly on the attack in Denali National Park

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
How to Be a Lousy Leader!

by Charlie Adams

Jan Stuebbe has remarkable insights on leadership. I have known Jan almost 30 years, going back to when I was in television news in Bakersield, California.

He always impressed me as a steady, effective leader, so I was glad to see he had written a book about leadership, entitled How to be a Lousy Leader.

Now, THAT’S a title!

The title and the book actually are laid out in a very clever way where he shares examples of ineffective leadership and then comes back with a much more effective way of leading.

Now in my early 50’s, I have been around long enough to have experienced tremendous leaders and lousy leaders. In my quarter of a century in tv news before focusing on speaking, I once had a leader (a news director) years ago that decided he wanted my office. Without telling me, he had all of my office belongings taken out and dumped into another office space. I arrived to work to see things sprawled all over. He was a lousy leader. On the other hand, I have had tremendous leaders such as the late Jim Freeman, the general manager of one of the tv stations I worked at. He inspired me to want to run through walls for him.

One of the first things Jan addresses is how important it is to have your own philosophy on your leadership. That might seem like it goes without saying, but Jan had been in leadership positions for years before deciding his leadership philosophy would be based on establishing and having rapport with everyone.

He explained that there are three kinds of people that will affect you as a leader.

* Those that support you and are positive.

* Those that are neutral about you.

* Those that are negative.

If you establish rapport, some that are neutral may move up to support, and some that are negative may become neutral.

Jan was early in his career when he took the time to write out his philosophy of leading by developing rapport. “It will enable you to clarify who you are and what you believe in,” he said about writing your leadership philosophy down. “By writing it out, it allows you to be specific and detailed as to your values and beliefs professionally, spiritually, and personally. As the leader, you are setting the tone of your organization. Your staff needs to know where you are coming from as far as expectations and what you are about. It gets everyone one the same page whether they agree with your philosophy or not, they need to know it.”

Jan became a leader directly out of college when he was named head football coach at McFarland High in California. He would stay a leader his entire working life, eventually moving into administration at Bakersfield College.

He was always a solution-centered leader. As a young high school football coach at McFarland, only seven boys showed up for the first try outs. He learned that most boys helped in the farms after school. Jan moved football practice to the early evening and had all kinds of kids come out and form successful teams.

In ‘How to be a Lousy Leader’ he shares examples of ineffective leaders that we have all experienced, and spins each chapter into how to be a tremendous leader. For example, there is the ‘fear and intimidation’ leader.

“I had a college president,” said Jan, “who had to fire a certain amount of people each year. It was like King Kong having to have human sacrifices each year. As a result people started looking over their shoulders. In meetings they would nod yes and not give their real thoughts. That’s not healthy. We are like elephants. We don’t forget when we have been led poorly. When a good leader goes out on a limb, the followers reach out in support. When a bad leader goes out on a limb, the others are on the ground hoping he or she falls.”

He said if you want to know how to be a bad leader, get comfortable leading from your office with emails. “E-mail and the social media have taken over communication,” said Jan. “Has this helped leaders? Not necessarily. There is no substitute for one-on-one upfront communication, especially for important things. People get comfortable in the office rather than walking down the hall. When I was in administration I had a manager email me, ‘Jan, YOU are NOT to order those supplies!’ When emailing they acted like they were John Wayne. Face to face, they were more like Barney Fife.”

When angry, Jan has these suggestions for leadership. “Try to wait 24 hours,” he said. “You will still be angry but you will have cooled down. Chances are you will get all the facts that way. When you explode right away, you don’t get all the facts and relationships can be damaged. Anger is an emotion that you cannot always take back. What is said and done in anger can be very damaging. I cannot stress enough that the leader has to be able to control his anger or it will get him in trouble.”

As mentioned, I was in the television news industry, where praise was often hard to get from leaders. Jan talked about why it is hard for many leaders to give a pat on the back.

“For some reason many people just don’t think about doing it (praising),” said Jan. “It is part of our human nature not to do it. Once we make a concerted effort to start praising, it will change your whole organization for the better. It just takes a conscious effort to be aware of the benefits. The effective leaders that do this are way ahead of the game. Staff members love to be praised by their leader. It makes their day. It motivates them to an even better job and work even harder. Praise also make them a happy employee and this creates a positive work environment. Try giving one praise a day to a different person. You will amazed at the result.”

Jan talked about having a tremendous leader once who when brought a suggestion would do everything he could to make it happen. Obviously, he said no many times, but he would do whatever he could to say yes to the proposal.

“When a leader has the mind set not to say know it keeps his mind open, not only to himself, but also to his staff. It will allow the staff to be creative and enthusiastic with new ideas and concepts,” said Jan. “The environment of the organization will change with positive energy, all because the leader has been receptive and accepted new ideas. There will be a change in the staff and they will work very hard for their idea to work.”

Jan and I both spoke at a conference recently. I spoke on my new book on attitude, and then he spoke on leadership. I got his book and couldn’t put it down on the plane ride home.
When I met him in 1985 I was impressed with him as a leader, and am thankful he has put his decades of experience down in this new book. If you would like information on ordering it, go to howtobealousyleader.com

Charlie Adams

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This week’s inspirational video
Learning to pull the trigger in between heart beats


In this week’s inspirational travel video, here is a compelling story of seeking excellence…

Seeking Excellence
Seeking Excellence

Charlie Adams Motivation

Equipping organizations and people with the attitudes to be positive, solution centered and dedicated to seeking excellence!

“How to Build a Positive Attitude an
d KEEP the Darn Thing!!”

This keynote, or 2 or 4 hour seminar equips your people with the attitudes to be more positive, team oriented and solution centered.

ALSO:

* Stoke the Fire Within (peak performance keynote)

* The Spirit of Customer  Service (2 hour seminar often paired with How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing!)

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Direct line: 574. 807. 2279

Email: charlie@stokethefirewithin.com

Photo Charlie Adams speaking to Laidig Systems employees

To order your copy now of How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing, click here

This week’s travel video

These short videos are designed to inspire you and give you a quick ‘escape’ from the daily challenges of life, to help you stay positive!

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. is the largest home in America, with about 250 rooms. The Vanderbilt family built it  just before 1900. It took six years and one thousand men to build. It has four acres of floor space containing two hundred-fifty rooms, sixty-five fireplaces, bathrooms, thirty-four bedrooms, and three kitchens. The driveway leading up is 3 miles long. I have hosted 2 group trips there over the years, and this is a short video I produced of the experience of approaching it.

The Biltmore Estate, America's largest house
The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest house

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
What you can’t change, make the best out of…
by Charlie Adams

Survive. Recover. Live.
That was the motto and attitude of Rob Jones after losing both legs in an improvised explosive device explosion in Afghanistan in July 2010 as he and fellow Marines were making a push into Taliban territory.
I had the privilege to be among the speakers with Rob at the Tudor Collegiate Strategies Conference in Charlotte, NC this past week (photo below). We both spoke on the power and importance of attitude.

“Why did I survive?” Rob asked the audience during his presentation. “That’s not the question to ask. The question worth answering was now that I am in this situation…what am I going to do about it?”
The first thing he did was survive and get to the hospital (photo below). The second part of his motto was to recover. He had many surgeries and skin grafts, and then it was to Walter Reed to learn to walk again.

“That’s where you do all the hard work,” he said. “It is about getting things back you’ve lost like the confidence to be a man. I got my first prosthetics. They start with short ones so there is less to worry about when you fall.”
The third stage was to live.
“I was ready to make myself a better person than I ever was,” he said. “To live, it is about challenging yourself and about growth. I took on the challenge of making the 2012 Paralympic Games in London in rowing (mixed double sculls). I got my rowing partner, Oksana Masters. and we had nine months to get ready. We had to finish high in two major races to make it in, and we won both.”

Oksana’s story is a powerful one also. She was born in Khmelnitskyy, Ukraine with several radiation-induced birth defects because of the Chernobyl nuclear accident including different leg lengths (that would later be amputated), webbed fingers with no thumbs, and six toes on each foot.] Her parents gave up on her and left her at an orphanage. She was later adopted by a single mother who brought her to the U.S. and raised her.

The duo, who nicknamed themselves Bad Company, trained six days a week for about four hours a day. They got to the London Games and in the finals started out sixth. With a surge, they finished third behind China and France and won bronze! They nipped Great Britain for third by 0.21 seconds. They were the first Americans to ever medal in the trunk and arms mixed double sculls event.. Last October Rob was named the 2012 United States Rowing Man of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the sport.

“All of it would not have been possible had it not been for the right environment,” said Rob, in a statement that can make you think of your environment at work, school or wherever.
They had started their training in Florida where those training around them were negative and grumbled about early workouts. Because of the negativity, they moved their training to the University of Virginia where they worked out with the school’s upbeat and extremely helpful rowing team.
“A gardener can mulch but if the dirt is not good enough there won’t be growth,” said Rob. “It is not just where you are but the people who are around you.”
The incredible positive nature of those around them in Virginia made a world of difference. While many look at Rob and see someone that lost basically half of their body, he chooses to look at the positives that came from the challenge.
“Because of the blast I now get to train as an athlete full time,” he said. “Before, that never would have happened. I also get to give speeches and change lives.”

Rob said life is about growing and challenging yourself. It was incredibly hard for him to learn to ride a bike after the explosion. He even fell and broke his wrist while relearning it. Now, he is going to bike across the country to raise money for charities. He simply doesn’t have time to have a bad attitude or feel sorry for himself. He has taken the attitude of ‘what you can’t change, make the best out of it.’
“I don’t see the point,” he said. “Wallowing in self-pity isn’t going to get you anywhere. What’s the point in treading water, so to speak,” he said. “I like to make progress.”
Charlie Adams

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Live. Survive. Recover. The Rob Jones Story documentary was produced by his longtime friend Ivan Kander. It won the Sergeant William Genaust Award for documentary film by the Marine Corps. Heritage Association. The award was named for the combat cinematographer who filmed the flag raising at Iwo Jima:

This week’s video
Laid up with injury, how one person hobbled to their truck and drove to inspire those that were down!

The Power of Caring Deeply
The Power of Caring Deeply

In this week’s inspirational travel video, here is a short video I produced while in Memphis of the back flippers of Beale Street (remember which Tom Cruise film they were in?), the surreal feeling of being where Dr. King was assassinated, and the amazing story of the promise Danny Thomas made that he firmly believes turned his career around and led to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Memphis, Beale St back flippers, Graceland and more
Memphis, Beale St back flippers, Graceland and more

Charlie Adams Motivation

Equipping organizations and people with the attitudes to be positive, solution centered and dedicated to seeking excellence!

“How to Build a Positive Attitude an
d KEEP the Darn Thing!!”

This 2 or 4 hour experience (or shorter keynote form) equips your people with the attitudes to be more positive, team oriented and solution centered.

ALSO:

* Stoke the Fire Within (peak performance keynote)

* The Spirit of Customer  Service (2 hour seminar often paired with How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing!)

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Direct line: 574. 807. 2279

Email: charlie@stokethefirewithin.com


(talking positive attitude and peak performance with host Gordy Young on the magazine style television program Experience Michiana)

To order your copy now of How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing, click here

Monday, June 10th, 2013
Hope’s Positive Attitude
by Charlie Adams

“When you are battling leukemia long term…attitude is everything.” That’s what young Hope Banghart told me this week.

I was blessed to meet Hope (photo below) Saturday night after delivering How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing at the North Central Bible College commencement.

The high school 11th-grader-to-be has been battling AML leukemia, a fairly rare type of cancer. The cancer had spread throughout her blood stream and taken over her bone marrow. After chemo’s and a bone marrow transplant, she is in remission, and firmly believes her positive attitude is a reason why.

Despite grueling chemo treatments for months and then another six weeks in the hospital after the bone marrow transplant, she remains grateful.

“Basically,” she told me, “why would you be sad when you have so many reasons to be happy? The fact that I am alive and that my family is still together. I have friends and family that care. That’s basically everything you need.”

I talked with Hope after my talk about endurance. She said we often think of endurance in a sports way, such as running a long marathon. She brought up something she had written on her facebook support page last summer:

“Watching the Olympics and thinking of all the friends I have made in the hospital, I can say that giving it all you have is not exactly what people think it is. I know that I normally associate endurance and giving all you have with physical exertion and being able to see your progress. It really is not something you can see at all. Endurance is the ability to wake up again and go on, knowing that others would have already given up. Giving all you have is going through the day with a smile, showing god to those around you, and not taking the credit. Giving all you have is giving everything away.” – Hope Banghart, July 12, 2012

“After my first two chemo’s,” she said, “when it comes to endurance your attitude has to stay the same or you will have a major downfall. I had a horrible first round of chemo and was sick all the time. The second time I wasn’t sick until the end. If you sit around and do nothing, you lose your endurance of your attitude, but if you walk around and talk to others, your attitude starts to get stronger.”

She told the doctors going into bone marrow transplant, that she would not have the side effects that they said everyone has,” said Debbie, her mother. “She was very adamant about that, and she never did! The doctors, the nurses, and the med students that rotated every month always hung out in her hospital room because she was so fun and upbeat throughout the process. I thank God for giving her the desire and the strength to focus on Him throughout this journey.”

Her father Bill told me that because of her positive attitude, hospital staff often asked her to visit with other patients who were having very bad days.

Hope says her faith has been her foundation. “My church and God has helped. He made me such a positive person to begin with, and my family has meant so much. My family is built on if you can laugh about anything, you should laugh.”

A sense of humor has helped Hope.

“In the hospital one of the nurses and I have always been pulling pranks on each other,” she said. “One day I chased her with silly string and old syringes filled with water! It was during a shift change and everyone saw our playful side.”

As I write about in the new book, even the most positive people can get down.

“There were a couple of times I did break down,” said Hope. “It was a good thing because it let me get rid of all the stuff I was holding in. I was basically okay with losing my hair, but one night I started crying about it and could not sleep. My mom had to come in and I got it out of my system.”

Everyday we have a choice about the attitudes we choose.

“As I said,” she continued, “with leukemia being long term, attitude is everything. Another girl being treated near me felt like she couldn’t do anything about it so she would belittled herself and sometimes wouldn’t get out of the tub. I would talk with her and try to make her happier.”

In my seminars, I encourage participants to have regular tools they use to stay positive. “I read Melody Carlson books regularly,” said Hope. “They are easy to understand and uplifting.

I also met Hope’s parents at the event, which was at their church, Church of the Heartland, and could see how they look for the positive in everything.

“We are so proud that in the face of seeing other patients struggling and some even dying around her while she was struggling with her own disease,” said her mother Diane, “she continued to encourage and inspire not only others at the hospital, but friends and family by her fighting spirit! She has always had a goal to become a doctor and God allowed her to know what it is like from the other side. She finished out her sophomore year last week with straight A’s (which she has always had) and being inducted into the National Honor Society (photo below) at Plymouth High School. As you can tell, I am one proud mama!”

Hope told me the Bible scripture she and her family build around is Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

“I want to be a pediatric oncologist (a physician who specializes in childhood cancers),” she said. “I love children…and I already know so much about cancer.”

Charlie Adams

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Continuing the 4 Needs

If we meet these, we can be content, joy filled and positive
Three weeks ago, I wrote about the first:

Something positive to do/a purpose.

Two weeks ago, the second need:

Something to look forward to/to hope for

Last week, the third need:

Someone to love.

This week, the fourth:

Something to believe in.

As Lou Holtz shared these four points, he made this one a point of emphasis. Holtz talked about belief in God and the importance and value of faith. Here is a letter that Holtz wrote to Bishop Robert Baker in 2000. Holtz was in his second season as head football coach at the University of South Carolina. His first team had gone 0-11 but his second team was having much better success.

“Faith may be the most important ingredient that we possess in order to achieve tranquility in our lives. To me, faith is believing when you have no proof. People will often say, ‘Show me the proof, and I will believe.’ My answer is when you want proof that is not faith. That is fact. I credit the nuns and priests who have influenced my thinking during my formative years at St. Aloysius in East Liverpool, Ohio, for this attitude. It never ceases to amaze me how people tend to go through their life without faith.” Lou Holtz

Besides faith in God, this also means believing in yourself. The book “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale is one of the greatest and biggest selling attitude books in history. It stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 186 straight weeks. The very first words of the book are … “believe in yourself!” Something or someone to believe in also means believing in what your company and organization stands for in their work. It means believing in your community, your school, your club.

(from How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing!! Corby Books, 2013)

To get your copy now

This week’s video
During the famine approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland

If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed, think of the over one million people in Ireland in the mid 1850’s that died from the potato famine. It was so bad that people were found dying on the side of the road with grass stains on their mouth from eating grass trying to stay alive.

Here is a short video I produced of the powerful experience of visiting the potato famine memorial in Dublin designed by Dublin’s local artist Rowan Gillespie. The expressions he has created are numbing. This tragic event reduced the Irish population 25 to 30 percent. The images in his work reflect the anguish….

Charlie Adams video on the Potato Famine Memorial in Dublin, Ireland
Charlie Adams video on the Potato Famine Memorial in Dublin, Ireland

Charlie Adams Motivation

Equipping organizations and people with the attitudes to be positive, solution centered and dedicated to seeking excellence!

What they are saying about ‘How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing!’:

“Wow! Where to begin? Absolutely loved the How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing presentation by Charlie Adams at the 2013 SERNRA Conference in Louisville. I took away SO many life lessons from the presentation. So many examples of the way a positive attitude can make such a difference in your life and the life of others. So many stories I shared with my 3 daughters.” Carmen Freeman, Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

“How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing!!”

This 2 or 4 hour experience (or shorter keynote form) equips your people with the attitudes to be more positive, team oriented and solution centered.

ALSO:

* Stoke the Fire Within (keynote)

* The Spirit of Customer  Service (2 hour seminar)

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Direct line: 574. 807. 2279

Email: charlie@stokethefirewithin.com


(delivering How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing to everyone at Office Interiors, where management got each employee a copy of the new book)

Saturday, June 1st, 2013
The different things that help each one of us stay positive
by Charlie Adams

Every time I have the opportunity to speak, I always enjoy hearing from people how they stay as positive and on fire as possible. This past week I delivered How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing to everyone at Office Interiors (photo below).

Afterwards, an employee came up and said when things get challenging at work or in life, she always thinks of the movie Finding Nemo and what Dory, played by Ellen Degeneres, says:

Dory: Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?

Marlin: No I don’t wanna know.

Dory: [singing] Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.

She said that line always comes to her, and her attitude lifts up.  I have heard so many valuable insights like that over the  years.

(photo – delivering How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing to everyone at Office Interiors)

I saved them all and poured them into this new book. Maria Slager, President and CEO of Office Interiors, got all of their employees a copy of the book, as it has many places to write and reflect in.

One of the tools I shared about staying positive was having daily routines of accessing positivity. One thing I do is a Google Alert to positive attitude stories. I set it to where several articles come in once a week in a set, and each day I pick one to read. For example, earlier today I read an article about a lady named Sharon Statzer who is fighting breast cancer, having undergone countless brutal chemo treatments. Among the things I took from the story was

* her counselor advised her to have a life motto. She decided on ‘live life.’

* her upbeat nature despite the challenges. Sharon told her local hometown newspaper, the Bristol Herald Courier, this:


Other patients were very upset with how positive I was when I was getting chemo. I always came in with a smile. My son and I would bring in National Enquirers and magazines like that and make fun of what was in them. We’d play cards. He was my support through it all. Other patients would tell the nurses, ‘obviously she’s not fighting for her life. Hers isn’t as severe as ours, otherwise how can she be so happy?”

What a great example of choosing to be as positive as possible despite her daunting challenge.

In my program for Office Interiors, one example I shared seem to really resonate. It is about how the Super Bowl this year had two brothers coaching against one another. Jim Harbaugh of San Francisco and John Harbaugh of Baltimore.

They were heavily influenced by the positive attitude of their dad, Jack, when they were growing up. As I have written here before, when they were little, their dad would drive them to school. As they got out of the car he would say, “Okay men, grab your lunch boxes and attack this day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind! Jack later had this to say to the media about how he helped to cultivate a positive attitude within his children:

“In this world, you can choose to be positive or you can choose to be negative. You can choose to see things through a set of eyes that sees good or you can choose to see things in life that aren’t so good. At least every day, they were reminded to look at it through a positive set of eyes. Let the lens of your eyes be positive.”

That’s a great approach to go through your day! Tell yourself those things in the morning. If you have contacts or glasses, tell yourself you are putting on positive lens.

Charlie Adams

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