Positive Vibes

This past weekend I went to a teach-in about reimagining the systems of the world. At the teach-in we discussed alternative economic and political systems through the lens of participatory, regenerative, and community centered solutions.

Toward the end of the day, one of the presenters shared something that really sticked with me. She asked, “Have you ever felt the presence of someone who walks in a room and immediately you can tell they are in a bad mood? You all know what I’m talking about, right?” The group harmoniously shook their head in agreement. The presenter went on to say, “Well the same effect takes place when someone is in a good mood. Human beings can feel the emotional presence of one another within an 8 foot range, so when we are talking about visionary concepts it’s critical that we keep a positive outlook on the possibilities of the future.”

Without diving too deep into emotional intelligence, a leadership concept that we can revisit in a different post, think about that for a second. Human beings can literally feel the positive and negative energy that surrounds them. So why is this important? Together, we could think of a long list of reasons, but I’ll pause here for the obligatory puppy pic that brought most of you to this post.

This is Leila, my partner’s dog.

As leaders, one of the best things we can do is encourage the creation of new ideas. Negative energy is one of the greatest antagonists to the development of innovative thinking. But bringing positive energy into any space can drive the type of vision and imagination that will propel us on the right path for the future.

This is not to say that careful and intentional deliberation of forward-thinking ideas is meaningless. But there is a positive and negative approach leaders can take when considering what decisions should be made. Leadership is about amplifying the creative voices that surround us. And positive energy is one of the surest stepping stones toward raising the volume of such amplification.

If you think about it, positive energy is like a smile; it costs almost nothing, but its value is priceless. I usually end with a question, but this time I have a song. Give it a listen and next time you hear a new idea, welcome it with a smile and all the positive energy you can offer. ~peace~