Sometimes we can get inspiration from the places you least expect it. To illustrate, I took my son to an optional Saturday morning science lesson at his school. I decided to stick around for the hour and found myself wandering the hallways to take up some of the time. Consequently, 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. The kids in this school are surrounded by these sayings. They are reminded of these messages every day! Subsequently, 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.
Positive conditioning in the early formative years will create the most effective leaders of tomorrow. It leads to the attitudes of “I can do it” and “How can we do it?” As opposed to “We’ve never done it that way“, and “It cant be done.”. I’m thrilled with Immersing these kids in this type of positivity.
Indeed, we need this attitude motivation 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 productive you will be.
To illustrate: When you read those quotations, how do those quotes 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. To this end, I’m thinking about auditing a few third grade classes so I can spend some more time in those hallways…