“Preacher, preacher can I smoke while I'm praying?" Answer: no. "Preacher, preacher can I pray whilst I'm smoking?" Answer: Of course you can. It's how you ask the question.
Positivity breeds positivity – so, in most circumstances, asking a question in a positive manner generates a better response. Think about it this way: Attitudes are contagious... Is yours worth catching?
We launched our three airlines Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Virgin America to provide consumers with better alternatives to existing options. But we didn’t do so by asking “Are you sick of the competition?” Instead, we asked “Are you ready for the future of air travel?” Rather than focusing on everything that our competitors weren’t doing, or were doing poorly, we highlighted our unique offering and asked potential customers what it is they loved and looked forward to about flying.
Positive thinking is incredibly powerful tool. Simply put: positive, proactive behaviour spurs positive, proactive behaviour.
It’s no coincidence that many of the world’s biggest influencers and most successful people are positive people. People who think positively usually see endless possibilities and empower others to feel the same, and in turn move the world forward.
As Winston Churchill said: “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Positive people don’t just have a good day; they make it a good day. I aim for positivity by: wearing a smile at all times; looking for opportunities to see the good in the world; approaching problems in a proactive manner; phrasing my comments and conversations to reflect positive outcomes; and leading with YES! rather than no – that is, after all, how I got my nickname Dr Yes!
So start simple, find a positive slant in every question you ask. If you display a positive outlook, you will find that people will gravitate towards you, and go out of their way to help you succeed.