Are Your Eyes Wide Open?

November 28, 2012 in Personal Growth, Your Business Help

Are Your Eyes Wide Open?
By Michael Angier

The Stockdale Paradox I'm a big believer in having a positive mental attitude (PMA). But, I'm, amazed at how many people pooh-pooh the idea of PMA.

Perhaps what makes people skeptical is that some of those who THINK they have a positive attitude really are living in another world. They have a "Pollyanna Attitude". They aren't thinking positively; they're simply avoiding the truth. They have their head in the sand, and they refuse to acknowledge their problems and obstacles.

In doing so, they avoid reality and obfuscate their ability to achieve their best.

In Jim Collins' book, "Good to Great", he writes about something they call The Stockdale Paradox. Admiral Stockdale (retired) was known for his unique perspective on addressing difficult situations.

It goes like this: Retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties. AND at the same time, confront the most brutal facts of your current reality—whatever they might be.

I can't think of a more balanced and positive outlook.

Action Point - Make sure you're being positive as well as realistic. Be honest with yourself about where you're being positive and where you might simply be ducking the truth. By employing the Stockdale approach, you'll be a positive person with your eyes wide open.

Michael Angier is founder and CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of SuccessNet--a support network helping people and businesses grow and prosper. Get their free Resource Book ($27 value) of products, services and tools for running your business more effectively. And most of the over 150 resources are FREE to access and use.

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