Becoming a Positive Example to All
How can you become a positive example for people around you? You might answer “by developing a good behavior like helping and respecting elderly people, by becoming obedient” and so on. All is good, but I am going to tell you that you need to seek a positive attitude before you become a positive example for others. What do we mean by “positive attitude”?
Positive attitude is a philosophy of approaching life with optimism and confidence and it is also the belief that one can increase achievements through an optimistic thought process. The power of positive thinking and developing a positive attitude are two of the most important qualities a person can have to change his/her life.
The following points are some of the benefits you will get from having a positive attitude:
- it can translate into a new outlook on life by enabling you to gain power over your thoughts and emotions and thus changing your views about life,
- it helps you to achieve goals and attain success,
- it brings more happiness into your life,
- it produces more energy and helps you to inspire and motivate yourself and others
- it increases your faith in your abilities, and brings hope for a brighter future.
Can you guess what the most successful and happy people think all day long? The answer is simple. Healthy thinking, most of the time, happy people think about what they want, and how to get it. Being positive, doing the right things and thinking right will produce the kind of behavior that is an example to all. It will be an encouragement to those around you and an example that they can follow. St. Paul expressed this concept beautifully: “Everything is shown up by the light, and whatever is exposed to the light itself becomes light.” When you become a positive example to other peoples and if it changes the course of their lives, you have done a great thing.
Here comes the challenge. Yes it is easy to have a positive attitude and to be cheerful when everything is going according to the plan. But it is when you encounter unexpected setbacks and difficulties that you demonstrate to yourself and the people around you the real attitude you have. In any of such circumstances, make sure that your attitude is a positive one, because contributing in positive ways leads to eternal happiness.
By Fasil Zemene