The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. ~ Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor & Philosopher
Our life is what our thoughts make it ~ Marcus Aurelius
It’s true that garbage in leads to garbage out. We can get a serious case of “stinking thinking” when we continually think about what could go wrong instead of the potential of what could go right.
As leaders, our thinking is critical to the attitude and morale of the people we lead.
If we feast our minds on a diet of the worst case scenario our actions will reveal our thoughts. Playing it safe instead of going for it or giving up on pursuing our dreams started when we tasted the fruit of negativity.
Examples of stinking thinking include:
- Overgeneralization – using words like “always” and “never”
- Habitually looking for and finding the negative in people and situations
- Discounting the positive
- Predicting negative outcomes before giving it fair trial
When we give our minds clean, wholesome positive information and images, positive words and actions will follow.
The bottom line is that we become what we think about.
Think good thoughts this week and the people we lead will thank us.