My son, Hunter, is ten years old. Everyone says he looks just like me. I'll leave it up to you to determine if that is an asset or a liability. Another thing we have in common is that we both love to be on stage.
On a recent trip to COSI, the world famous hands-on science center in Columbus, OH, Hunter experienced one of the happiest days of his young life. This day ranks up there with Halloween and Christmas for him because he was chosen. You know how magicians, clowns, and mad scientists always ask for volunteers and how every kid in the audience jumps up and down, hand in the air, silently screaming "pick me, pick ME!"? Well, this day they picked Hunter.
At COSI, they have this very science-fiction looking piece of equipment called an electrostatic generator. They use it to demonstrate the properties of static electricity in a safe and (relatively) harmless way -- if you consider the occasional gigantic electric shock harmless.
Without getting into all the science of the thing, when they turn it on it basically sucks out all of the negatively charged electrons and sends them into the ground. So this giant metal object is left with nothing but protons...and an extremely positive charge.
The science lesson doesn't stop there. If you happen to be standing next to the electrostatic generator, it starts drawing the negative electrons out of you, too. And if you're touching it, you also become extremely positively charged. When you're positively charged like that, your hair stands straight up and everyone -- including the star of the demonstration (Hunter in this case) -- gets a big kick out of it.
After the show, I asked Hunter, "How was it, being up there on stage with your hair standing straight up?"
I honestly expected him to say it was embarrassing or stupid (he's ten, remember). Instead, he grinned from ear to ear and said, "It...was...so...much...FUN!"
This is hands-down the best example of positivity I've ever seen. When you work to eliminate the negativity in you and around you, you become an "Uber-Positivity Generator"! And the more you do it, the more powerful and positive you become. So powerful, in fact, that you positively charge everyone you come in contact with.
Think about it. You probably know somebody like that don't you? I'm talking about those people who are so uber-positively charged that you actually think they may be half-crazy. But when they walk in a room, their positivity attracts everyone to them (including you). Their mere presence changes, well, everything.
Now think about this. How many of those people do you know? Most of us can count the crazy positive people we know on one hand. However, if you were to count the negative people in your life that drag you down, you'd need at least both hands and maybe all of your toes, too.
Positive people propel a company forward. Negative people pull you backwards like a tractor beam in Star Wars (notice, it's always the bad guys who use those).
Here's a little secret you may not know. Please make sure you whisper in your head when you read this next part: your company already has enough negative people.
You have a chance right here right now to become an Uber-Positivity Generator. You can be an extremely powerful, positive force in your company...if you choose to be.
In next week's newsletter, I will share with you the top five ways to eliminate negativity in yourself and your workplace. Until then, start noticing how you're affecting others. Do people deflate around you or do they light up? Are your conversations full of possibility or pessimism? Creativity or criticism?
Watch out! When we're done with this conversation, you may just become one of those half-crazy, uber-positive people you've secretly always wanted to be.