This year marks the 20th anniversary of Management Services Northwest (MSNW). Taking a small cleaning and landscaping company from the living room of my home to a multi state facility management firm has been an exciting journey with many lessons learned along the way. Over this year, I would like to share with you 10 tools that greatly influenced our success, and took our company from ordinary to extraordinary.
Tool #6 Choose the Right Perspective.
Looking back over the last 20 years I have found that whether the day is a good day, the month a good month, or the year a good year, was often a matter of choosing the right perspective.
Choosing the right perspective begins with an attitude of optimism. No matter what comes your way each day, approach every task, conversation, and interaction with positivity. This approach kills the toxic thoughts that can invade our minds and threaten to consume us. These thoughts are negativity, fear, discontent, critical spirit; they come from our own selves and from the voices of others.
Once you master your thoughts and your attitude, focus on your words. Recently, one of my Directors and I attended a Bellingham Business Academy program with renown communicator, George Walther. He spoke of the power of our words, “what you say is what you get”, and how they directly affect our perspective. We learned to identify powerless, self-sabotaging phrases common in everyday conversations, and exchange them with powerful replacements.
The destructive results that come from negativity is one reason why positivity is a core value of MSNW. I have surrounded myself with positive, passionate people, who choose to look at our business challenges with the right perspective. Our challenges are not insurmountable problems, but opportunities. We will not fail, but learn and grow with this attitude.
Choose the Right Perspective. Do not allow negativity to take up space in your lives. Even though you can’t control the conditions around you, you can control yourself, your attitude and your response. Choosing the right perspective over the last 20 years has allowed MSNW to embrace every day, overcome obstacles, and has made the journey extraordinary.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.
– Dr. Wayne Dryer
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. – Abraham Lincoln