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Adopt a positive outlook with the positive pledge

The positive pledge

A few weeks ago, leadership coach Jon Gordon was having a tough week and acting negatively toward people and things. Instead of moping, he wrote something he calls the "positive pledge," which he shares on his . He encourages people to go online ( to adopt the pledge as their own and help make a positive impact on the world. It includes promises such as:

  • I pledge to be a positive person and positive influence on my family, friends, co-workers and community.
  • I promise to be positively contagious and share more smiles, laughter, encouragement and joy with those around me.
  • I vow to stay positive in the face of negativity.
  • When I am surrounded by pessimism I will choose optimism.
  • When I experience a challenge I will look for opportunity to learn and grow.
  • When faced with adversity I will find strength.
  • When I experience a setback I will be resilient.
  • When I meet failure I will fail forward toward future success.
  • I believe my best days are ahead of me, not behind me.
  • I believe I’m here for a reason and my purpose is greater than my challenges.
  • I believe that being positive not only makes me better, it makes everyone around me better.
  • Today and every day I will be positive and strive to make a positive impact on the world.
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Management columnist

Harvey Schachter is a Kingston, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online column, Power Points. More

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