Have you ever met someone who seems so energized by life and are excited to be doing whatever they do? I call those people “plugged in”.  They are involved, happy, grateful, and positive.  As managers, we need to do a self-check to see if we are that kind of person.  Our employees emulate us.  If we are in a bad mood, they are in a bad mood. If we are positive, they become positive.

I recently completed a book called 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life by Author Tommy Newberry.  The book is rooted in Philippians 4:8: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise-worthy-meditate on those things.”

This book is an easy read, but every day, it requires a thoughtful look at your life and how to become a better person.  There is “homework” in each day’s chapter and it encourages introspection that I had not taken time to do because I am always busy.

Although I consider myself a positive person, I have benefited from this so much that I wanted to share.  It teaches you how to look at the best in everyone. I find myself always looking at the good in the people in my life, especially employees since I spend more time with them than my family. I encourage you to read this book and apply it in your business. It will show you how to embrace a brighter future in your relationships at home and work.

Have you ever encountered a person who is always positive and you just feel good being around them? If so, have you ever asked them what their secret is?