Iowa Specialty Hospital

Amy's Reflections

June 11, 2015

People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action. ― Steve Maraboli

In visiting with someone this week, they shared with me the quote “Negativity is the mortal enemy of teamwork”. It made me stop and think about my attitude. I like to tell myself that I am a positive person. Upon further reflection, I have determined that at times I am positively miserable to be around. Which to be perfectly honest was pretty disappointing. I understand we all have bad days, but do your happy outweigh your miserable? How many times have you told yourself that I just need to vent and then I will feel better? Great, but how do you think that impacts those that you just “vented” too? Have you left them feeling better as well? Doubtful.

My point for this week is, if negativity is the mortal enemy of teamwork than positivity must be the catalyst for teamwork. We have some incredible teams in our system, those groups that work closely together to accomplish the greater good. Those groups that can make everything seem effortless and smile through it all. There are certain members of our team that represent a power source of positivity. You know the ones that constantly smile and have something happy to share no matter what. They ones I can think of off the top of my head include Mary Goemaat, Ania Renteria, Tracy Tulp, Brooke Nerlien, and Kerri Pals.  Detach yourself from the positively miserable and seek out the positively fabulous. I promise it will change your view dramatically. Become a power source for positivity!

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough ― Oprah Winfrey

- Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO



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