“Whatever follows the ‘I am’ will eventually find you…The good news is that you get to choose what follows ‘I am’…The ‘I am’ coming out of your mouth will bring you either success or failure.” – Joel Osteen, from his book, “The Power of I Am”

Most of us have read recent books on the power of positive thinking, like Osteen’s “The Power of I am”.

As a child, how many of us had a parent or a teacher read to us, “The Little Engine That Could”?

The United States of America was conceived and born of optimism when Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Many of us are familiar with this ancient text from Philippians 4:8 written sometime around the year AD 35, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”

We’ve known from the dawn of civilization that we as humans, in order to achieve our potential, need to fill our minds with truth, beauty, and optimism.

In fact, the highest form of torture, is to remove all hope from someone’s life.

So, the answer to our opening question, “Does success follow the adoption of a positive mental state?”, seems to be an obvious “YES, of course!”

However, look at the question again. The question asks about “success”, not about “happiness”. The truth is, in order to succeed, you need more than just a positive mental state. You need to take actions that result in success. In a competitive marketplace, your company needs a plan that outlines its success objectives, and a leader that is relentless in inspiring her team to overcome all obstacles and accomplishing those stated objectives.

So, as the company owner or team leader, do you have a plan that instills optimism in the minds of your team members, and also includes the purposeful actions you as a leader need to take in order to rally your team to attain their success objectives?

My book, “The Surging Team, 10 BOLDskills for Accelerated Team Success“, provides leaders with tools for using optimism and happiness, but also offers specific actions to help the leader move her team from optimism–to actually reaching the company’s success objectives. The bottom line is that success requires intentional action.

BOLDbreak has one purpose, and that is to provide team leaders and company owners the tools and training they need, to develop an unstoppable Surging Team, a team that repeatedly succeeds in achieving company objectives. When teams win, increased company profitability follows! Contact me today and let’s discuss that actions that you as the team leader or company owner need to take in order to lead your team to success.

Until then, Keep Winning!

Scott Brennan is author of the now-available-on-Amazon book, “The Surging Team” and companion video training series, “10 BOLDskills℠ for Accelerated Team Success”. Scott succeeded in developing both award-winning corporate teams, as well as transforming his franchise business into an award-winning and profitable, Surging Team. Now as president of BOLDbreak Inc, Scott is positioned to help you increase your company’s productivity, profitability and employee well-being by offering you an exciting methodology, in both a book and video format, to assist you in developing and leading your own unstoppable Surging Team. Contact him to get started.

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