18. Be Positive.

You have the power to choose your attitude. Choose to be joyful, optimistic, and enthusiastic. Work from the assumption that people are good, fair, and honest, and that the intent behind their actions is positive. Give them the benefit of the doubt; and if mistakes are made, practice forgiveness. Remember that your attitude is contagious. Spread optimism and positive energy.

Travis' Message:


Being positive is essential to success at Famous Supply because the more we exude positivity, the better our chances of finding lasting success and happiness. By looking at the bright side of situations, we will produce far more positive outcomes than negatives. This is especially important when dealing with people; we have to remember to see the best in others whether they are coworkers, customers or vendors. Being positive opens doors to better relationships and improved communication. Positivity makes an individual more approachable which improves communication and builds stronger relationships. When an individual is in a negative state, it brings negative outcomes. If we fail at being positive, negativity fosters a negative environment.

We’ve all had those days where it feels like nothing can go right, and it’s “one thing after another”. Those are the important moments where we need to make a conscious decision to be positive, even though the easier route may be negative. Within the walls of Branch 63 (Ashland, VA), we have a phrase that we often say while loading up the trucks for the next day’s deliveries. “Somedays you eat the bear, but somedays the bear eats you”. This positive statement not only makes us laugh, but also produces a positive environment. It reminds us that not every day will be a good one, but most days will.

Teamwork is a great way to practice positivity; working well with coworkers fosters an optimistic work environment. Looking at the glass half full instead of half empty is a positive attribute. A positive outlook includes starting the day with positive thoughts. Recognizing a coworker for something that they did well is a great way to spread positivity.

If you were to turn 180 degrees away from negative thinking, where would you find yourself?