Many people have had a rough year. The news channels immerse us in a constant stream of bad news and there are economic challenges, natural disasters, and human tragedy all around us! While we are still feeling the very real effects of COVID-19, Hurricane Laura is just another example of the long and seemingly never ending list of threats that people face throughout their lives.

Unfortunately, we all know how easy it is to become fixated on bad news. That’s why we should try to resist the impulse to focus on the negatives, but rather find and focus on the many GREAT things that also surround us. Actually, I believe that we are all empowered with a gift that can and does shape our lives in little and big bits, each and every day! I think most of us understand that we are in control of our own destinies, but we sometimes forget about the power of our own thoughts and feelings.

This idea also relates very closely to success in the workplace and the interview process. Hiring managers today are seeking motivated employees with “pep in their step” in addition to the technical skills and specific experience. The resume is important, of course, but our experience has shown us that most hiring managers will usually choose a candidate with slightly less experience, who projects a more positive, optimistic attitude and passion for their work. That’s why there’s a very low unemployment rate for workers who make an effort to focus on the positive, bring a smile every day, and exhibit passion and commitment in the work place. It’s called a “CAN DO” attitude, and it is a very common trait among top performing employees.

Each of us should make the conscious choice to focus on the positive! Be optimistic! Yes, I know this is a “cheesy” notion, but it’s true! There is BIG power in positive thinking!

Thanks for reading and have a great day,

Ted French

President and Founder

Acclivity Healthcare