Positive Outcomes

Posted by Tom Locke on September 6th, 2018 filed in Business, Education, Life

One of my favourite Bing Crosby’s recordings was “Accentuate The Positive”.  The first verse went something like this:

Man, they said we better, accentuate the positive 
Eliminate the negative 
Latch on to the affirmative 
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

If the above is not a formula for success, I don’t know what is.

Stating the positive outcome you desire instead of telling someone what you don’t want them to do is the way to go.

As a baseball coach, I often tell my pitchers, “Throw strikes,” instead of, “Don’t walk this hitter.”  To my batters, I would say, “Hit the ball hard” as opposed to “Don’t get out”.

This approach usually works and puts the ones you interact with in a positive frame of mine.

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