The Positive Achiever Approach

There are many ways to live life. One approach is to follow the steps taken by some positive achievers. Such people often have a positive spirit but also the drive to do superb work. 

They have a positive attitude, translate this into positive actions and aim to do positive things during their time on the planet. Let’s explore how some people follow this approach.

Positive Attitude

Such people are often positive realists. They have a positive approach to life but are also good at reading reality. They are good at seeing both successful and unsuccessful patterns in the areas where they excel.

Building on what they can control, they focus on what they can do rather than what they can’t do. Bengt Elmén, who founded a pioneering organisation in Sweden, takes this approach in his life. He describes this in the following way.

My own experiences with difficulty began early on – as early as birth, in fact. I had a rough delivery, during which I suffered lack of oxygen that resulted in a type of brain damage known as CP, or Cerebral Palsy.

As far as I’m concerned, though, CP actually stands for:

“Cool and Powerful”.

The brain damage diminished my ability to walk, talk and use my hands. Early on I had to learn to think of creative solutions to daily situations. I could sit for days, for example, using my mouth and nose to piece together a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle.

This taught me that it’s always worth the effort to face your difficulties rather than trying to run away from them. Such lessons have been invaluable to me as an adult.

Such people often choose to follow certain principles in their lives. These act as a compass when making decisions and working to achieve certain goals. This leads to the next stage.

Positive Actions

Positive achievers aim to translate their principles into action in a positive way. They may do this when acting as a parent, educator, mentor, leader, trusted advisor or another professional role.

Such people love to focus on achieving deliverable dreams. They rehearse properly, move into action and perform superb work. They then do their best to deliver the goods.

Different people take this steps in different ways. Some take the following approach. They plan ahead and do something like the following exercise.

Positive Achievement

Positive achievers love to set goals, cross off tasksfrom their list and achieve their goals. This can give them a great sense of satisfaction. They then focus on the next goal they want to achieve.

Some people may reach a stage, however, where they begin to reconsider their approach. Certainly they feel high when reaching a goal, but this can be temporary.

They may then begin to explore other themes. These often revolve around the eternal questions.

Who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to do in my life? How can I achieve these goals? When do I want to take these steps?

Different people explore these themes in different ways. Some focus on the following questions.

What do I want to do in the future? What are the things that I believe are important in life? How can I help people or the planet? How can I focus on these things and do my best to achieve a sense of peace?

Some people reach this stage later in life, some experience it earlier. They may then channel their drive into achieving things that give them a more long-lasting sense of satisfaction.

Some people take this step by doing the following exercise. They describe the specific things they can do in their life which, if they do them, are more likely to lead to experiencing a sense of peace.

There are many ways to live life. One approach is to have a positive attitude, translate this into positive actions and achieve positive things in your life and work. Here is the final exercise on this theme.

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