Last week, I wrote the first of two posts about Zig Ziglar’s power of positive thinking. If you missed it, here is the link: Positive Thoughts Help You To Be The Best You Can Be.
This week, I want to share some of Ziglar’s thoughts on how positive language can shape positive thinking. Ziglar believed that language influences our thoughts. As such, it’s important that we use positive language to create more positive thoughts. For example, Ziglar suggests that the days between Friday and Monday should be called a strongend rather than a weekend. In the winter, you may come down with a warm rather than a cold. And the lights that help regulate traffic at intersections should be called go lights, not stop lights. This reminds me of a boss I had who took us on advances rather than retreats.
As leaders, we must think about the language we use to influence our thoughts, but also to influence the thoughts of our team members. When we remain positive, even in the most difficult circumstances, we help to create a positive culture and an encouraging work environment. I have found that this type of environment gets the most out of people. So think positive thoughts, communicate using positive language, and maximize the potential of your team.
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