Consider This

Robert Stevenson’s Thoughts on the Pursuit of Excellence

Celebrate What’s Right

February 4, 2018

by Robert Stevenson

I wish we had a “GOOD NEWS” channel. Anytime I turn on the TV they are usually talking about things that are bad, wrong, tragic, unfair, cruel, or catastrophic. Law breakers, thieves, rapists, shootings, death, despair and awful weather are the main topics of their programming. I heard a gentleman the other day say, “Why don’t we celebrate what’s right with the world, rather than what is wrong with the world.” I personally feel we all should be looking for the joy in life and sharing it.

There is an old axiom that states: “We become what we think about most.” Well, with all this BAD NEWS filling our heads, no wonder we have so many unhappy people in the world. Let me show you how simple it is to flip a switch in your head to make you smile. A dear friend sent this to me and it made me smile; I think it will do the same for you. THERE ARE NINE (9) THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1) You are reading this.
2) You are human.
3) You can't say the letter ''P'' without separating your lips.
4) You just attempted to do it.
6) You are laughing at yourself.
7) You now have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5. 
8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5.
9) You are laughing again.

Why did I share it with you? I wanted to show you how easy it is put a smile on someone’s face; add a little joy to their day. And when people are smiling they are more receptive, reasonable, engaged, open, and accepting. Negative news brings people down. Happy news brings people up. So, do everything you can to stay in a good mood and help others get there, as well. If you want some scientific data for why you should try and stay in a good mood … maybe this will convince you: Happy people are 31% more productive and 56% better at sales. Happy people are better at keeping their job, have superior productivity, are more resilient, have less burnout and have a greater salary.

The great motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, once stated… “People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.” The same is true of happiness.

Happy people defuse anger and anxiety better than sad people. They know being happy will boost their energy, diminish pain, protects them from the damaging effects of stress, eases fear, improves their mood, enhances resilience, strengthens relationships, enhances teamwork and helps them navigate difficult situations. So, quit listening to the BAD NEWS and start filling you head with the good stuff. Read or listen to something positive every day and go share your uplifted spirit with others.

Be the dispenser of happiness.

"Your only true security in life
is your ability to perform."

About the Author

Robert Stevenson is an expert at building a high-performance business culture, improving efficiency, and accelerating growth. He is one of the most widely sought-after speakers in the world today, as well as a best-selling author. He has owned five companies, sold internationally in over 20 countries. Robert has spoken to over 2,500 companies throughout the world and his research in the area of corporate and entrepreneurial success is extensive. Over 2 million people have benefitted from his powerful, practical, and thought-provoking programs. He is a true master at blending facts, inspiration, conviction, and humor into all his programs.

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