Being Bruce -: Welcome to Hyperbole, It's My Kind of Town

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Welcome to Hyperbole, It's My Kind of Town

"Life in hyperbole. It's a choice. It has consequences, but for me it's the only way to fly. Why choose a life of restraint?" - Being Bruce

I fully accept that my attitude, my approach to life, and even my communication are loaded with figurative exclamation points. Notice I didn't write "I confess" or "I admit". I accept, allow, and rejoice in living an enthusiastic life.

At one point in my life I'm pretty sure I made the conscious decision to live "enthusiastically". It may have been at a pivotal time for me when I was 28 - you know, the time many American males start to realize that it could be appropriate to start acting like an adult, maybe? (LOL)

Regardless of when or why I decided in favor of or made the shift toward consistent positivity, it's how I choose to live now. And here's the thing, if I'm going to be positive, why not crank it up and BE REALLY POSITIVE!?!?

Sometimes it's true that "good is good enough", especially if you're trying to get something started but are stuck in perfectionism or maybe even delaying because of concern about how something will go over. In those instances, as my buddy and mentor, Bob "The Teacher" Jenkins says, "TARL" - Take Action Revise Later.

But while "good is good enough" is an effective jumpstart when projects are in the odd delay moment, a life that's just "good" doesn't cut it, at least not for me. I'm absolutely grateful for just being alive in this moment, so in that sense anything more is gravy, or frosting, or gilding. However, given the choice, why not choose "GREAT!!"?

There are many easy arguments against being positive. Sorry, I don't buy 'em. And now, of course, there's the vaunted "scientific proof" that being positive is good for you in Dr. Barbara Frederickson's Positivity, published just last year and based on solid research. (Note, the book title links to Amazon but isn't an affiliate link, we just think it's an awesome, important book.)

So I choose to be positive and to crank it up. Sometimes it's a bit extreme, but guess what? Life is seldom boring when you live in Hyperbole.

So what about you? How does positivity work for you? I'd love to hear from you on this.