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The Good Old Days

Bible Character: Solomon

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. Ecclesiastes 7:10 NIV

It’s sometimes tempting to think our best days are behind us. How do leaders embrace a brighter future?

Half Glass Full

A leader’s perspective on circumstances influences the overall organization. We often hear the question…is your glass half full or half empty. Some symptoms of viewing the glass half empty are…continual negativity, weak convictions, a resistance to change, and an overall unpleasant attitude.

The opposite is the optimistic individual. Optimism is having a more favorable view or approach to the conditions that surround you, and expecting positive outcomes.

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.Harry Truman

Vision

Seeing opportunities that lay in the future and setting the course falls on leadership. The optimistic leader can apply a positive prospective to a forward looking vision.   That positive perspective enables them to inspire others towards the vision more easily.

Founding Fathers

Our country was founded by individuals who believed in a different, better way of governing people. Their vision for a free society and determination for something better resulted in the United States of America. They studied all the history of world governments up to that point and came up with something greater than anybody had ever conceived. They sacrificed their personal safety and wealth to create this country for us. We are lucky they were not the type to buy into the notion that the best days were behind us.

Glass Half Empty?

Bible Character:  Micah (Prophet)

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior: my God will hear me.   Micah 7:7  NIV

Prophets in the bible were considered leaders.   While they often predicted much gloom, they also projected optimism for the future.  Micah was one such prophet.  

We have a choice in how we view the conditions of any one given situation.  One tendency of many successful leaders is the ability to identify the opportunity in all settings.

What could be beneficial about choosing optimism?

Handling Different Opinions

Most organizations are made up of many individuals, representing countless different opinions.  The pessimistic leader tends to shy away from varying viewpoints.  The optimistic leader seeks to find value in them, even if the viewpoints are different than their own.

Problem Solving

All organizations face discouraging circumstances so leaders must be problem solvers.  If a team member constantly brings up organizational problems without solutions they are probably not to be considered a good leader.

An optimistic leader can stay focused on the long term goals and is not thwarted by the short-term setbacks.  Those who see a half-empty glass might have difficulty looking beyond the short-term setbacks.

Creating Hope

Do you believe your organization’s best days are behind them?  If the answer is yes, you are probably not creating a good environment for a productive and positive future.  Leaders create hope in their organization, and an optimistic view is a vital part of their endeavors.

While he led, Micah gave a prophecy of restoration and optimism for Israel…The day for building your walls will come, the day for extending your boundaries.  Micah 7:11 NIV

Micah saw better days ahead, do you?

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