Cranes in the sky, new neighborhood development and a healthy rental market are all signs of a strong regional and economy. The economic factors are undeniable when these indicators help spur job growth and financial investment, but it’s more than that. The optics are important too.
Have you ever thought about the power of positivity? I know what you’re thinking… I’m not talking about the fad from several years ago where it was asserted that thinking positively was a cure all. It certainly isn’t, but it does play a significant role. I would certainly place myself in the positive persons camp. I don’t think that I discount the difficulties or challenges that a region faces or the reality of individual tragedy but experiencing these things with a foundation of positive energy can help the healing.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing and an applied approach for optimizing functionality. It was defined as the study of strengths and virtues that enabled individuals, communities and organizations to thrive (Gable & Haidt, 2005, Sheldon & King, 2001). In 2016, the Positive Psychology Center said that those grounded in positive energy lead meaningful and fulfilling lives and cultivate and enhance experiences of work and play.
I think about some of the individuals making a difference in our region and one of the things they have in common is a positive perspective. That doesn’t mean they don’t face adversity, but it does change how they frame their reactions. As it relates to regional growth, I maintain that we are pretty hard on ourselves when it comes to celebrating the positives of our area. You could chock it up to Midwestern humility, but I believe that we don’t have the positive outlook that helps spur us forward.
In the next few months, I hope to learn what our region believes our assets and challenges are and create messaging that helps get everyone speaking the same language and seeing the possibilities. I want to reset the way we talk about ourselves and create ambassadors capable of spreading positivity here and beyond. I’m suggesting we rebrand our area and work together for the region, our communities and neighborhoods, businesses and future investment, and individuals and future generations. We deserve this.
Four major goals:
Who’s in? If you want to be a part of the conversation, please reach out to me – I truly want
to hear your positive perspective.