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  February 25, 2005 
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    Are Your Eyes Wide Open?
    by Michael Angier

  • Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach
    Focusing your vision, achieving results
    Coaching for Corporations, Businesses and Individuals


    "Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."

    -- William James

    Are Your Eyes Wide Open?
    by Michael Angier

    I'm a big believer in having a positive mental attitude (PMA).

    But I'm amazed at how many people pooh-pooh the idea of PMA.

    Perhaps what makes people skeptical is that some of those who THINK they have a positive attitude really are living in another world. They have a "Pollyanna Attitude". They aren't thinking positively; they're simply avoiding the truth. They have their head in the sand, and they refuse to acknowledge their problems and obstacles.

    In doing so, they avoid reality and obfuscate their ability to achieve their best.

    In Jim Collins' book, "Good to Great", he writes about something they call "The Stockdale Paradox." Admiral Stockdale (retired) was known for his unique perspective on addressing difficult situations.

    It goes like this: Retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties. AND at the same time, confront the most brutal facts of your current reality -- whatever they might be.

    I can't think of a more balanced and positive outlook.

    Michael Angier is the author of "101 Best Ways to Get Ahead" and the CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of Their mission is to inform, inspire and empower people to be their best-personally and professionally.


    This week make sure you're being positive as well as realistic. Be honest with yourself about where you're being positive and where you might simply be ducking the truth. By employing the Stockdale approach, you'll be a positive person with your eyes wide open.


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