Do you consider yourself a pessimist or an optimist? In any case, positivity is an attitude toward life that you can choose to adopt. Some people believe that positivity is an innate trait, but this is not the case. From the moment you wake up, there are small things you can do to start your day on a positive note. You can cultivate a positive attitude by changing your habits and thinking. Positivity is not just about having pleasant moments; it is also about finding the good amid adversity.
In this episode, Matt O’Neill talks with guest Marcia Germain about what positivity is — how they incorporate it into their daily lives and share it with the people that surround them. They also offer advice on how you can choose positivity and apply it in your life.
Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:
- Positivity is selfish, but in a good way, because it allows you to choose yourself
- Know that you are enough
- Live your passion, even if only in a few aspects of your life
- Don’t write out the negative people around you, encourage positivity instead
- Be kind to others and look for the good in their situations
- Life’s adversities provide opportunities for growth
[1:23] Let the Positivity Spread Around
Matt and Marcia share their recent victories in life. Marcia discusses the success of her vision dream board workshop with teens and how rewarding it is to connect with young people.
[6:06] Start Your Day Positively
Getting out of bed and starting your day can be difficult at times. There are, however, small steps you can take to get back on track. Consider what you are grateful for and how you can express your gratitude to others.
[12:35] Put Your Passion Into Your Daily Activities
Passion leads to happiness, but most often people do not have their dream job. Living with passion means finding it in the components of your career and other aspects of your life. It is important to understand that no career or job is perfect.
[17:30 ] Energy is Contagious
Energy whether positive or negative radiates to the people around you. There is a saying that goes, “You are the same person as those closest to you”. However, not everyone we interact with will be in a positive mood all the time. Remember to choose kindness.
[24:12] Growth Comes from Good and Bad Experiences
There is an assumption that optimistic people are born with optimism. You go through different experiences in life that shape the person you are today. There is a silver lining in every negative experience. It’s about how you look at the experience and what you take from it.
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Marcia Germain is an account executive at Choice Home Warranty and a personal life coach at Yours Truly Life Coaching. She helps others find and set their goals to live meaningful lives.