Last week, one of my favorite authors, Seth Godin, made a short post that struck me as really important for my role in serving others through my work and as a father:
when you celebrate those that are moving in the right direction, you create a powerful push in that direction
You can read the full post here. When trying to encourage change, it’s too easy to focus on what is wrong. When we celebrate the things others do right, we encourage movement in that direction. I don’t think a negative focus has that impact.
I suspect that using this same tactic internally (you know, those humorous conversations you have with yourself, about yourself) will have the same positive push.