Sometimes we can get inspiration from the places you least expect it.  Last week, I took my son to an optional Saturday morning science lesson at his school. (He is in 1st grade.)  I decided to stick around for the hour.  To take up some of the time, I found myself wandering the hallways and I was blown away by what I saw. 

The first saying I found stenciled on the wall was:

“Live your life as an exclamation and not an explanation.”  Wow, I thought.  That’s a pretty cool message.  I continued walking and found:

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere”,

“Some succeed because they are destined, some succeed because they are determined”, and

 “If you can dream it you can achieve it.” 

By now I was thinking that I should be out conquering the world after just a few minutes here.  This is what the kids in this school are surrounded by and the messages they are reminded of every day!  I wandered further and found:

 “I dream my painting and then I paint my dream” (Van Gogh),

“Don’t dream your life, live your dreams”,

and my favorite “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way” Babe Ruth.

It’s with this type of positive conditioning in the early years of kids that we will create the most effective leaders of tomorrow.  I just am thrilled with the idea of immersing these kids in this type of positivity. 

We need this for our kids, but we need it for ourselves too.  How often do you take the opportunity to fill your own mind with positive, achievement oriented thoughts?  The more you do, I guarantee, the more you will accomplish in your life. 

When you read those quotations, how did those words make you feel?  Pretty good, I’ll bet. 

Here’s how it works: Better feelings lead to better thoughts, better thoughts lead to better actions, and better actions lead to better results.  Surround yourself with positive people, and spend time everyday filling your mind with positive thoughts.  I’m thinking about auditing a few third grade classes so I can spend some more time in those hallways…

Until next time, be positive!

Howard

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