“ whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8
This is one of my favorite scriptures from the New Testament Bible and it sums up what I’ve been trying to do with the Praise Party—my 30-day practice of blogging about “anything worthy of praise.”
Today I encourage you to join me in seeing the praiseworthy in EVERY situation. By that I mean, let’s all choose to focus on only the good in things and totally disregard anything else that might want to draw our attention.
1. Your son brings home a report card with a D (or even an F) and the rest As & Bs. Give praise to him for the passing grades and ignore the F. Besides, it’s not as if he doesn’t know that he got the D/F! In fact it’s very likely that despite his unconcerned attitude, he doesn’t like being a “failure” and belaboring the point of the less than stellar marks isn’t likely to increase his motivation.
2. Your co-workers constantly stand around and talk while you do ALL the work. Really? Instead of focusing on their chatty nature, which in your opinion equals loafing, look around for even the smallest evidence of work they have done and give genuine praise for that effort.
Remember, what we focus on E X P A N D S!
If you choose to see even the minutest good in a situation and you do that consistently, you’ll be shocked at how quickly that situation will change to reflect your new focus.
Don’t believe me? Try it for the remainder of this 30-day Praise Party (22 days left) and see what happens.
And please share your experiences and questions below. I’d love to dialogue with you about how your personal Praise Party is going.