The best way to develop a positive attitude is by watching the words you use. “Plus” words – ones that encourage and “minus” words – ones that can destroy. In order to succeed we need to understand that words, whether spoken to yourself or by others, are powerful and can make or break you or another person. The following story is a strong case for giving positive support:
A group of frogs was traveling through the woods and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and suffering and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs asked him, “Why did you continue jumping? Didn’t you hear us?”
The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
There is a power of life and death in our words. Develop a positive attitude by speaking “plus” words.