10 Traits of a Positive Thinker: #10 FOCUS


We now reach the last of the 10 traits of a positive thinker, according to positive psychology author Scott Ventrella.  They are as follow:  1. Optimism, 2. Enthusiasm, 3. Belief, 4. Integrity, 5. Courage, 6. Confidence, 7. Determination, 8. Patience, 9. Calmness, 10. Focus.

This blog addresses Focus in Leadership.  If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, you may be a leader who role models focus…

  •  Despite the daily distractions, do I keep my eye on my goals and actively work on them?
  • Do I concentrate my energy where it will maximize efficacy?
  • Am I aware of what work I would choose to do, even if no one would pay me for it?
  • Do I have a sense of purpose, a clear plan/picture of how I wish to serve?
  • Am I engaged in activities that will get me closer to my purpose?

Spirituality comes from the Latin word spiritus, meaning breath.  It is a “life-giving force,” or an animating principle.  It is this principle that motivates employees to continue to give, beyond the paycheck.  What is it that taps into your identity?…your core de vivreWhat gives your life value?  In Costa Rica, it is known as your plan de vida (i.e. life plan, or purpose).  What are your values?  Positive psychology theologian Norman Vincent Peale wrote, “Positive thinking brings the best values to those who are dedicated to achieving the best.”

Without a firm understanding of our own values and purpose in life, it would be difficult to lead.  My purpose is to help people get on top of their game and stay on top.  I believe in retention and development.  I learned that where there is a will there is a way.  Those who lose their will wither away.  Psychiatrist and neurologist Viktor Frankl witnessed this final atrocity in several concentration camps.  It is known as a spiritual marasmus – a psychosomatic response to losing the will to live.  Frankl survived the camps by focusing on seeing his wife again (she perished), and by focusing on writing a book based on his camp observations upon his release.


Peale: “When I think of the goal achievers I have known, they all had certain characteristics in common.   Always, without exception, they had a goal, not an indefinite, indistinct, fuzzy objective, but a sharp, clearly defined goal.  These high achievers never gave up, no matter how tough the going.”  Here is a terrific story on Focus, provided by EY: http://www.ey.com/GL/en/Issues/Business-environment/building-a-better-working-world-people-growing-a-business-through-hard-times

Focus on the actions that do move your work objectives or goals forward.  Stay centered on the part of the glass that is full, while strategizing on maximizing its capacity from implementing lessons learned from the empty side – then, like a Mafioso, “forget about it!”  Recognize →  Acknowledge →  Reward.  Dale Carnegie, salesman turned motivational speaker, shared his first principle towards success: Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.

Focus on the productive contributions…yours and others.  Work together to champion the rest.

Thank you.

Rossina Gil, MSOD, MAIS, is a Leadership and Organization Development Practitioner, author, cultural analyst, coach, speaker, and facilitator.  CorporateLookingGlass.com.


Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster), 1981, pg. 18.

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (Boston, MA: Beacon Press), 1959.

Norman Vincent Peale, Why Some Positive Thinkers Get Powerful Results (New York, NY: Fawcett Columbine), 1986. Pp. 52, 77.

Scott Ventrella, The Power of Positive Thinking in Business (New York, NY: Fireside), 2001.

©Rossina Gil, 2013


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Thought Partner & Corporate Primatologist

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