Resilience & Positivity

Our book LEMONADE: The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work is launched! I’m so excited to say, it is now available on I was so excited I called a colleague of mine who shall remain nameless to tell her that my third book (and the associated assessment tool, the RAW-Q is finally available after years of research. She said “It’s been so long, you must be so unhappy about all the delays. Does it feel like a let down?” Her intentions were good, but it was a little like all the air was let out of my happiness balloon! I had to remember one of the key attributes of resilience we studied for Lemonade, which is positivity.  I chose my response. “Not really – I’m just enjoying the moment!” I made sure to take another tip from myself and I called someone who I knew would be delighted for us next – and his bubbly energy helped me do a reset.

Has a person’s cheerful mood ever rubbed off on you when you were feeling low? Likewise, have you ever been in a good mood only to have it tarnished by someone else’s crummy mood? Either way, I’m sure you noticed an influence in your productivity level. People with good moods are energized whereas people who are down are, well, dragging.

Positive and negative thinking are contagious.

Leo Babauta, of Zen Habits, suggests treating negative thoughts (things like “I want to stop,” or “This is so boring) as you would treat a bug. Squash it and replace it with a positive thought. I really like the visual of this. “It works amazingly,” he says. “If you think negative thoughts, you will definitely fail. But if you always think positive, you will definitely succeed.”

Dale Carnegie, another giant in positive thinking suggests focusing on all of the things you are grateful for. Making a point to be grateful for all of the small provisions in your life will drastically change your attitude. Hard pressed to find anything? How about the clarity of thought you have reading this?

Stop the Victim Mentality

It’s very easy to feel like a victim when things go wrong.  It makes you merely an onlooker. Get in the game. Wield your power. Take control. Call a friend. Make a difference. It’s a choice to be dragged down by the negativity around you.

“Your future will depend very largely on the thoughts you think today. So think thoughts of hope and confidence and love and success.”  Yes, indeedy!

Please join me, Alan Graham, Ph.D., and Kevin Cuthbert in the official launch of our new book by buying in in print or for Kindle on – and give us a great review if you like it!


About karlinsloan

Karlin Sloan has committed herself to finding out what makes great leaders tick, and to supporting leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world. As a corporate citizen she is an advocate for triple-bottom-line reporting, for creating sustainable ways of working and living, and for creating positive organizational communities that work together for the greater good. She is the author of the acclaimed business book Smarter, Faster, Better; Strategies for Effective, Enduring, and Fulfilled Leadership which has been translated into Thai and Russian, UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty, and co-author of the 2012 book Lemonade: The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work. For more information see or
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