Feed The Positive Dog

Jon Gordon, author & speaker


Note from Coach O: Hello all! I know it has been a while since I posted. I apologize and must say that I missed sharing with you all! Today’s post is from the newsletter that I receive from Jon Gordon. If you don’t know who Jon Gordon is; YOU NEED to check him out! See the link after this post to learn more about him! Enjoy this post from Jon — I did!


Feed The Positive Dog By Jon Gordon 

Are you dealing with stress at work? Is fear knocking you off balance? Are financial worries causing you to lose sleep?

The answer is to feed the positive dog.

If you read “The Energy Bus” you know I share a simple story about a man who travels to the village to speak to the wise man. He says to the wise man, “I feel like there are two dogs inside me. One dog is positive, loving, kind and optimistic and then I have this fearful, pessimistic, angry and negative dog and they fight all the time. I don’t know who is going to win.” The wise man thinks for a moment and responds, “I know who is going to win. The one you feed the most. So feed the positive dog.”

The fact is we all have a positive and negative dog inside of us. It’s part of our human nature. The key is to feed the positive dog and starve the negative dog. The more we feed the positive dog the bigger it gets and the stronger it becomes. The actions are simple. We just need to make them a habit and do them every day. Here are a few ways to feed the positive dog.

Practice Gratitude – You can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time. Gratitude is like muscle the more you do it the stronger it gets. Take 10 minutes each day and make a list of what you are thankful for. You will fill your body and brain with costless and priceless anti-depressants.

Take a Walk of Gratitude – I do this each morning and it feeds me all day long.

Turn off the News – Starve the negative dog.

Smile More – It enhances your serotonin levels and uplifts you.

Focus on Get to vs Have toRead the article here.

Read Uplifting Books – I happen to know of a few good ones 😀

Get together with a positive, uplifting person.

Call or visit someone who has made a difference in your life and thank them. (research shows this is a huge happiness booster)

Write a Few Thank You Notes Today – When you thank others you feed them and yourself.

Watch a funny movie that makes you belly laugh.

Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.

Focus on God instead of Gold – For more read, Matthew 6:33

Start a Success Journal – Write down the one great thing about your day. The more you look for success, the more you will find it.

Decide to Make a Difference – When you help other people with their problems you forget about your own.

I Challenge You:

I challenge you to pick 1, 2 or 3 strategies identified above and make them a daily habit. Do them for 10 minutes a day, every day for 30 days. Don’t wait. Start them today. Don’t just read this newsletter, say “that’s nice” and put it away. Identify what you will do, when you will do it and commit to it. Your positive energy and natural anti-depressants are more powerful than the negativity you face.

Stay Positive! 


(To read more of Jon’s great stuff; visit http://www.jongordon.com/blog/


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(Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers WR, known for his smile in games & great attitude)


No matter your circumstances in life

You alone determine your attitude.

That’s a gift you should never give away.

~ Steve Keating

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A Champion Is…(another look)

Phoenix Mercury - 2009 WNBA Champs


A champion is someone who has an outlook of optimism. It’s an attitude: the ability to see the opportunity in the problem.

Persistence is also important because no one accomplishes everything on the first try. Some people believe in beginner’s luck. But luck eventually runs out, and then it’s just you and your commitment!

Pil Sung is a Korean word that I learned when I took Choi Kwang Do (martial art style with its roots in Tae Kwan Do). It means “indomitable spirit.” It reminds me that you can’t let your spirit get down because your body will follow.

— Jared Heyman

High school student, Wrestler, Eagle Scout

(from “A Hero In Every Heart” by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. & Robin Spizman

4 Things In Common With Winning Teams

(L) Mariano Rivera & His teammates, 2009 World Series Champs (Photo by UPI.com)

Our John Maxwell gem today comes from his book, “Teamwork Makes The Dream Work”. In the book, Maxwell shares a story on teamwork in the most difficult of environments — during competition with each other: 

“A few years ago in Seattle, Washington, nine finalists were poised at the starting line of a 400 meter race, each planning to do his best and hoping to win the medal for first place. As the gun went off, the racers sprinted toward the finish line. But one of the runners fell down. He quickly got up and gave his all to catch up with the others. But once again, he fell. His frustration totally overcame him, and he burst into tears and began to sob loudly. Then a strange thing happened. The rest of the field heard his cries, and they turned to see that he was lying on the track. The runners began to slow down, and then one by one, they stopped, turned around, and went back to him. They picked him up, consoled him, and then together, all nine of them finished the race. In a race made for individual glory, the racers had made themselves into a team. Where in the world could something like this happen? At the Special Olympics. Perhaps that is why they are called “special”!

Maxwell, who spends all of his time working with teams, groups, companies and organizations on all levels, offered the following insights:

Look at hundreds of winning teams, and you will find that their players have four things in common:

  1.  They play to win: The difference between playing to win and playing not to lose is often the difference between success and mediocrity.
  2. They have a winning attitude: Team members believe in themselves, their teammates, and their dream. And they don’t allow negative thinking to derail them.
  3. They keep improving: The highest reward for their efforts isn’t what they get from it, but who they become because of it. Team members know intuitively that if they’re through improving, they’re through.
  4. They make their teammates more successful: Winners are empowers. As Charlie Brower says, ‘Few people are successful unless a lot of other people want them to be.”


For more from John C. Maxell visit: http://johnmaxwell.com

Special thanks to Coach Bob Starkey who originally posted this: http://hoopthoughts.blogspot.com

The Leader’s Attitude Makes All The Difference!

Ken Blanchard, best sellinig author of "One Minute Manager"

Most people would say that success is not a problem.They don’t realize that success can be just as devastating, if not more so, to some people as failure is. There is an abundance of stories about sports figures, entertainers, and business leaders who went quickly to the top, only to crash and burn.

As a coach or leader, your own mental attitude towards winning and losing is key.  As a leader, you can’t afford to let yourself be overconfident through victory or be consumed by failure. Doing so tends to divert attention from the [team], business at hand, or preparing for the next step.

It sounds trite, but one of the marks of real success in life is to believe that there is a reason for everything. We can’t control every event, but we can control our response to it. Life is unpredictable. What makes a winner is that when something happens, that person’s belief system brings forth attitudes that can take good events and make them better, likewise, it transforms bad events into opportunities to learn.

~ Ken Blanchard

Adapted from “The Little Book of Coaching” by Ken Blanchard & Don Shula

For more information on Ken Blanchard visit: http://kenblanchard.com