I went to a workshop this week, called Positive Mental Attitude by Zale Tabakman. I didn’t go because I needed a dose of positive energy, or because I needed some strategies for seeing opportunity in all that life gives. Though, this was what this workshop provided. It did not focus on problems or defeat, but instead emphasized the positive attitude required to accelerate our success.
The Gift of a No-Nonsense Sergeant
What was special for me was Zale. He ran the workshop, like a no-nonsense sergeant training his troops. He is intimidating and sometimes scares me a bit. He scares me, not because he is so tough or mean; he is very much the opposite. He scares me, because he forces me to be accountable to myself. He forces me to put up or shut-up.
I actually feel drawn to Zale professionally, because he does what we all need to do for ourselves. He calls us to task for creating what we say we are up to creating in our lives. He inspires us to create goals for the success of our businesses, and holds us accountable for following through on those goals.
Making our Vision Come Alive
We must all be accountable for fulfilling that which we see, that which we know we are here to do. We can wake up each day, walk out the door, and face others with a smile, and what appears to be a positive attitude. However if we do not act upon the goals we set for ourselves, our attitude is lacking, and our smiles do not tell the entire truth.
Zale hold’s us accountable for the smiles on our faces and the words that come out of our mouth, for he forces us to reveal the truth in our actions. I know that the next time I attend a class with him, I cannot hind behind some seemingly positive words. I must state firmly what I have done to achieve my goals, and smile not because it is my way of being, but because of what I have accomplished. Otherwise, my smile will only mask my embarrassment for not acting upon that which is inside me, for not making my visions come alive.
This is the goal of my success warrior program, to hold others and myself for making our visions come alive. In this program and in life, I ask us all, does your words and your smiles truly reflect what you seek to accomplish? Are you making your vision come alive. Do you need a sergeant to hold you accountable?