Perspective in all situations is the key to successful leadership

Many successful folks talk about perspective and the virtues of a positive attitude.  The Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton once said..." the only disability in life is a bad attitude " and I have often used that quote in my classroom and on the field to set up a discussion about effort and mindset in times of adversity.

As a football coach, I often draw attention to other coaches to highlight essential life observations. Coach Holtz once expounded the notion that "life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it"...I can attest to witnessing this phenomenon on the football field, track, and in the classroom.


Leaders lead through times of adversity with the proper perspective. Keep a positive attitude about your day or situation and it will be much easier to keep your train on the right track. Perspective and a Positive Attitude Craig Ball Spinwit


I came across two different poems that illustrate the concept of perspective. The following two poems were written by a talented young girl named Chanie Gorkin...at the time she was an 11th grader in NY...she has a real talent for exposing the differences in perspective. The first poem is written with a negative outlook and the second one is written with a positive outlook. Take the time to read both poems carefully and look for what both poems have in common with eachother...think perspective.

Poem #1(Negativity)
Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
Because
True happiness can be obtained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
Creates
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a good day

I wanted to point out that one trait that all successful leaders share is their ability to see desperate situations in a positive light while displaying confidence. Before you read the positive perspective poem, take a quick look at this quote by Kim Orlesky...She is an entrepreneur that once remarked that "to be successful, your focus has to be so intense that others might think you're crazy". Finding the positive perspective in the darkest of times is not easy...when you are seeing solutions to problems while others are still focusing on the negatives...I can assure you that you are on the right track.

Poem #2(Positivity)
Today was a good day
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
It’s all beyond my control
My attitude
Creates
The reality
I’m sure you can agree that
It’s not true that good exists
Only if one’s surroundings are good
True happiness can be obtained
Because
It’s all in the mind and heart
And it’s not true that
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Even if
This world is a pretty evil place.
Because, when you take a closer look,
There’s something good in every day
And don’t try to convince me that
Today was the absolute worst day ever

After reading the two poems...there is no doubt the view of our world can be seen in very different ways. Now do me a favor and reread Poem #1 from another perspective...this time from the bottom to the top...it is only then that you realize that both poems are one in the same. It is funny how a simple change in perspective makes all the difference.

Leaders lead through times of adversity with the proper perspective. Keep a positive attitude about your day or situation...it will give you a much better chance at success in the long run.

Comments

  1. Currently, the High School Science Bowl's outcome does not seem too good for my team, and I need to think more positively about it.

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  2. I think I look too negatively at work in school in general. I think I could change this if I started thinking about work as something to help me and teach me things instead of boring things that take up time.

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  3. I think I look to negatively at my hitting in baseball. I think I could change this if I realized that I'm still young and I can still get better.

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  4. I look at homework and some classes negatively as I don't see the direct benefit of taking them. If I look at it in a positive way it may help me succeed.

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  5. I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep lead by a lion.
    -Alexander the Great

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  6. I personally believe that I have a negative outlook on my school work that doesn't seem important to me. I always think of school work as a burden to me. However, I should look at the positive side of things, and tell myself that at least I have a school that wants me to succeed and do well.

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  7. I personally look negatively at my job, the reason for this is working 4 days a week and never being able to have a day of. I think that if I change my outlook on it I could be positive about it I.E. looking at positive things such as money and the opportunity to have a job In Gilpin.

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  8. I think to negatively at schoolwork and homework. Instead of seeing it as something boring and time consuming. I should be looking at it as something that is increasing my education and making me better.

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  9. I look at some assignments negatively as I don't see why their teaching us this. If I look positively it may help me become a better student.

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  10. I often view many thing I am taught in school as negative simply because I find no interest in it, or believe it will not benefit me in the future. If I put into my mind that although I may not pursue a career in that topic, it will still benefit me to have that knowledge to put towards things in life. Which will cause me to become a better student not just in school but in life.

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  11. I mostly think about homework as negative because I feel like I can spend my time doing something else. I should look at it as something that can help with my knowledge in different subjects.

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  12. I am thinking negatively about my dad being gone but I turned that around by think that he will be back to visit soon and be back for good soon.

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  13. I mostly think of everything like c'mon it's not that bad think of the worst scenario possible, it's pretty good compared to that so try your best to enjoy your day and say nothings that bad compared to the worst scenario possible and if it is the worst scenario try to think of something positive that's going to happen soon.

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  14. I mostly think of chores as negativity because one the weekend I always want to be on my phone in my room. To turn this in to positive thinking I can make a game of it with my younger siblings. I can do this by having a race to see who can get done the fastest. I find that this helps it turn in to a positive thing because it makes chores more fun to complete.

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  15. Right now I think negatively about my basketball skills because there are so many people who are better than me. To get a more positive attitude I should not be thinking about how they are better than me, but rather how to get better than them.

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  16. If there's something I think negatively about, it's singing songs in choir. The songs I have to sing I always take literally, annoy me, and are really out of touch with what kids listen to these days, which is also why only half of the kids actually sing. Maybe if I sing the songs so many times to myself I'll be used to them and not feel so dark about them.

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  17. I feel negative about most of my friends like they don't want to be my friends.

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  18. I always thought that homework was useless because it wouldn't do anything to help us and that the homework was to keep us away from stuff that we wanted to do so we would have to make up lies to get away from the homework.I know now that homework does help in life to help you learn on more so you don't have to be held back and that it helps you learn. You may get more and more homework but that won't change how long it takes to finish.You get to gain more practice if you try.

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  19. A negative thing for me is having to wake up early in the morning because I love getting my sleep. I can fix this by going to bed earlier so that I get enough sleep to go through the rest of the day.

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  20. I am thing nagativety about shcool work dut I know that if I get it all done the sooner I have free time.

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  21. I mostly think negatively about doing homework i never like to do it.And think i could be doing something better.

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  22. I think I look at tests negative and I don't always see that they might not be so hard as they look. If I think to negativity then I will do bad on my test.

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  23. One negative thought that always comes to mind is the thought that I will never be successful in writing. I feel this way because I'm worried that I will get judged or that people won't like the stories that I have to tell. However, I have to realize that people can't change my mind. I need to work hard and continue doing what I love no matter what others say because it's what makes me happy.

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  24. If there is something that I am negative about. Them banding gun yes they are used for bad and good. I think that they should be only offers that have guns in school. If there was no gun that offers had and there was a school shooting then we would not be as safe as if they had gun.

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  25. Essentially everything about American politics makes me want to crawl in a small hole in the ground and not come out. Gun laws are a disaster, the president only appoints those who are least qualified for any given job, people who have homes here are getting deported, and Russia meddled in the election. If I were to move to Sweden and just stay there, I could be more positive because I'm no longer in this so-called land of the free and home of the brave.

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  26. i am very negative about the science labs in school at firsts your confused it turns to frustration turns to anger and leads to being infuriated then there it is stress.But i can change that by before getting confused i ask for help.Believe it or not it actually works!

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  27. the one thing that makes me think negatively is when someone doesn't come like my friend Christian because i think when they keep not coming that thar never going to come so that what makes me think negatively.

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  28. I have some negative thoughts on going to college and how I'll pay for it. It stresses me out a lot however I change that by filling out as much scholarship applications I can and try and get as many grants as I can so I'm not stressed about it anymore.

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  29. I am often negative in regards to myself, and I know I shouldn't be because it has a bad effect. I just need to relax in order to become a more positive person.

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  30. I have some negative thoughts about my future and how successful i'm going to be. I stress that if I don't do well in school now, then my future won't turn out to be how I hoped it to be. I'm sure things will eventually turn out to be good but doing better in school now will help to make sure that happens.

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  31. I have trouble keeping up with school. With all of the homework that is assigned to us and the general stress of high school, its hard to stay calm. Maybe if I had more motivation id be able to do better and not procrastinate the things I don't enjoy doing.

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  32. I have some negative thoughts about school. All the people are nice but some are rude. The way I think i can change that is be nice to someone then eventually they will change...hopefully.

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  33. I personally struggle with pursuing my parents approval. I have always been told I wasn't good enough whether it was my academic achievements or competitive sports. I hope to one day accomplish this goal and make my parents proud and put forth more confidence in myself to better understand my self worth.

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  34. i think this was a really good idea and true both ways because the world haves two sides ;)

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