Sunday, August 10, 2014

The P-Effect

When the skies are brighter canary yellow
I forget ev'ry cloud I've ever seen,
So they called me a cockeyed optimist
Immature and incurably green.

I have heard people rant and rave and bellow
That we're done and we might as well be dead,
But I'm only a cockeyed optimist
And I can't get it into my head.

I hear the human race
Is fallin' on its face
And hasn't very far to go,
But ev'ry whippoorwill
Is sellin' me a bill,
And tellin' me it just ain't so.

I could say life is just a bowl of Jello
And appear more intelligent and smart,
But I'm stuck like a dope
With a thing called hope,
And I can't get it out of my heart!
Not this heart...

        - from South Pacific

Where do Optimism and Positivity fit in life?

Individuals use the term, "Pollyanna" for overly optimistic people who dismiss reality. To understand the true meaning of the reference, one needs to read the 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter, considered a classic of children's literature:

In addition to revealing Pollyanna's ability to excite others to positive attitudes, the novel presents Pollyanna's challenge. As a result, her positivity takes a dive. She struggles to resurface. Will her mindset kick in?

That's the point. As a mindset, optimism does not diminish reality. During times of struggle, its energy engages ways of problem solving offering patience, perspective and perseverance.

The P Effect begins in the Power of Positivity.

In medicine, the placebo effect provides hope for a patient's ability to thrive. Research on its benefit focuses on the relationship of mind, body and expectations. If a person expects a "cure" to do something, then it's possible that the body's chemistry can engage to cause positive results.  It's all in the belief of one's Power of Positivity.

Experts indicate a relationship exists between how intense a person expects to have results and whether or not results occur. The stronger the feeling, the more likely a person will experience positive effects.

Thoughts require action to accomplish results. 

Daily problems arise and require attention. Attitude turns an ordeal into an adventure when Optimism arrives to add creativity to the situation. 

Consider the P-Effect:


Approach all situations with a Positive attitude.


Ask questions for Possible action. Turn your challenge into a question. In how many ways will I Produce results?


Work on Patience.


Push beyond frustration.


Enjoy the Process that Produces the Product.


Add more Ps to your Potential: Presence. Poise. Praise and Play. 


Let humor out to Play.


Pick up a Penny on the sidewalk.

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