Writes: Lebitso Thinyane
In the previous publication I introduced to you what I call my Triple P System of Live Success whereby I shared in details the first P=Professionalism. I clearly stated that you can never under the sun build a good image or be a great cooperative leader without a reasonable highest level of professionalism. In order to achieve this, you need the second P=Positivity of my Triple P system.
According to Remez Sasson one of the great philosophers, “Positivity means thinking in an optimistic way, looking for solutions, expecting good results and success, and focusing and making life happier. It is a happy and worry-free state of mind, which looks at the bright side of life”.
Norman Peale puts it this way, “Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold the picture tenaciously and never permit it to fade”. This is one of the great positive statements I like most as this will always help your mind to develop your successful picture and destruct any obstacle image in your imagination. It should be clear that being a positive cooperative leader does not mean ignoring difficulties and bad experiences. It means acknowledging them, learning from them, doing better, and using the knowledge gained to improve.
With this state of mind, though you might experience negative emotions and go through unpleasant experiences faced by every leader of any society, you will not lose your spirit or give up on improving and changing the lives of your cooperative members as a cooperative leader. It is important that you strive to experience more positive than negative thoughts and emotions. The ratio should be in favor of positivity, not negativity.
It is odd to be a cooperative leader who always see darkness instead of lightness, a leader who see weaknesses instead of strengths, a leader who see threats instead of opportunities. I said it is not about ignoring the reality but finding possible ways of softening any difficulties that might seem to be an obstacle in your success path. I have seen as a cooperative consultant cooperative leaders who are the pessimists and I found this so disgusting. These leaders will fluently explain reasons why their cooperative societies could not be successful but when you ask them about way forward they never give you even two points. The question will always be “How these people became leaders?’. People are good at pretending, giving false hope and fake promises. They are doing whatever it takes for them to be elected as leaders but on the way their true pictures will always come out. I so much wish cooperative members could be very observant and conscious when electing people who lead their cooperative enterprises.
Being a positive cooperative leader will always help you to act professionally as there is no need for short cuts to optimists. They never see the length of the road as they always see positive reasons of taking the long road. When siting down and watching the runners start the comrade marathon we always ask ourselves repeatedly why could people put themselves under such a cruelling situation of running 80kms. Health practitioners will give you a number of benefits for running long distance marathon which I’ll not explain here. what I wanted to emphasize here is that as a cooperative leader you should understand why a cooperative enterprise could not be reach with the same pace other tipes of enterprise grow. This will help you to be positive at your cooperative growth rate as a result avoiding misuse of cooperative resources for quick and temporary benefits. THE JOURNEY OF HOPE!!!!!