I did something unusual on the way home from doing my TV show last night. Instead of listening to the usual radio program in the car, which repeatedly told me what was wrong with the world, I decided to go looking for something that actually would be good for me!
You know, something that would make me smarter, more competitive, more positive and in a better position to help myself, as well as others. As an employer, parent and media influencer, I figure that’s a part of my MO (my way of operating or modus operandi).
Unfortunately, last night, the radio wasn’t offering what I was looking for, so I went to my iPhone, typed “self-belief” into Youtube and bingo, I listened to US motivator Tony Robbins talk about building up self-confidence.
For those of you who read me to make money or get an insight to invest better or to build a better business, stick with me on this one.
Robbins was talking to an audience where he told them to look around the room for everything that was brown. He then said “with your eyes still shut, tell me everything in the room that is red!”
Of course, because people were focused on brown, they missed a lot of the red in the room. He makes the point that if we focus on negative, unproductive things, then that’s what we’ll see. But the opposite applies as well.
Now, I’m not making the case to be unrealistic, but I am making the case for positive thinking over negative.
There’s that old saying “nothing is achieved by a negative person”. That’s not quite true because what is achieved is usually what you don't want — losses, bad vibes, disappointing results, etc.
There’s a lot more going for positivity and let me list a few:
I work in the media and missed this great piece of news, but I do remember the bleatings from Bill Shorten and the Greens about how bad things are here in this country. And when Tony Abbott was Opposition leader, I heard more about carbon taxes, mining taxes and stopping the boats than I did about all the great stuff that’s going on here in Australia.
When we look at our Olympics results (and the whinging has started and it will get greater), I’d like to make the point that maybe we have brought up our athletes in a wrong, too negative environment.
I recall the soon-to-retire RBA Governor, Glenn Stevens, making a public comment, post-GFC, about how the rest of the world was surprised about our negativity, when comparatively we did so well dodging a recession back in 2008-2009.
Our unemployment rates were lower than most countries, our interest rates were higher for savers, our currency was high and growth rates were the highest in the Western world. Still, we were negative.
People like Robbins tell their followers that it’s your attitude that determines your altitude and how high you go up the success ladder.
Robbins was a guy who wanted success so badly. He was hungry for it. He then wisely worked with one of America’s best motivational speakers Jim Rohn, so he hung out in positive company and turned himself into what he wanted to be.
Rohn is famous for the following observations:
In November 2015, Forbes estimated Robbins’ net worth at $480 million, which looks like a great return on investing in positivity!
Last night, I took the road less travelled. I must admit, I have been doing this for some time. Let me assure you, it makes all the difference.