Maybe We Need To Rethink How We Look At Words
According to Merriam-Webster, Positivity is still a word. For me, I like to take this word into my own hands. How does this word make me feel? When I say the word “positivity” it generally puts my mind into a space where I can focus on the good. When I say the word positivity, I’m not thinking of some negative use it may have gotten 200 years ago. Go ahead, say the word positivity, how does it make you feel?
Today, it’s more important than ever to protect our minds. It’s so easy to allow outside influences to change our minds on certain things when we know we had already made up our minds. Now, I’m not saying to not have an “open mind”. That’s different and it’s very important. As adults we must always be open to learning. I personally hope I’m still learning something new on my death bed. That’s what life is about! Learning how to become the best version of ourselves every single day.
I think the best way to approach this word or any word for that matter is how it can make you feel. I have heard success gurus on the internet give positivity a bad wrap. I have seen the word beat up and thrown out like an old pair of shorts. Why are people so angry about the word?
Sometimes It Can Be Considered A Dirty Word
I think the reason for this is that success coaches or anyone who is successful like to hyper focus on the struggle. Highlighting one’s journey through the suck is hyper affective because it can show people, “hey, I’m not special here! you can do this too! Just know that you’re going to get some bumps and bruises along the way”. Now, for the successful people out there that do put down the word positivity, I can see where you’re coming from.
I personally do not think we should be walking around like it’s Pleasantville and that there are never any ups or downs in life. But, is this really a thing? Is positivity another word that is going to be wiped off the face of this earth? I get it, life is hard but words are positive. I can find the same power in the word positivity as I can in words like grit, determination, perseverance, hard work. This is an opinion piece obviously, but why do we always throw the baby out with the bath water?
So What Are We To Do With This “Feel Good” Word?
So with all of that said, I think it’s important that we take our own personal inventory of the words we say in our heads. I think if we were honest with ourselves, there is a lot of vocabulary we use on a daily basis inside our minds (that darn inside voice!) that doesn’t serve us. Using language that serves us will lead us to having more happier productive days. Our work lives will improve, our bodies will improve, our relationships will improve. Ultimately, the world will become a better place.
It all starts with a single word.
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