I was standing in the post office waiting for my number to be called when a female customer standing at the counter started yelling and making an ugly scene—about what—I have no idea. But, she was on a rant about something. It was clear she had a negative attitude and it didn’t help her situation or make her look good. After she finished her negativity show, my number was called. I walked up to the counter and the people working at the post office just had these looks on their faces like, “Whew…thank God she is gone.”
However, I heard one guy say to another employee, “Looks like someone didn’t get enough fiber today.”
That caught my attention because if you have ever sat in one of my presentations, that is my shtick or stuff. I talk about how we researched that moody and negative people are often that way because they have toxins in their body creating a negative effect on their attitude, and fiber is one option that gets the trash out. If you have seen me talk on this, you know I make it funny. If you haven’t—well, buckle up! It’s what some may call the ugly truth to achieving a positive attitude!
I asked the employee, “Where did you hear that saying?”
She said, “A friend of mine saw this speaker who said that if you don’t get enough fiber, you become negative.”
I said, “THAT’S ME!”
She started laughing and was like, “For real!?”
“Yes, when people are negative, I often ask them if they had their fiber today.”
She laughed more and whispered, “There are several people here who could use some fiber!”
It is not meant to be gross in any way, but rather a humorous play on truth. In all the research I have done, fiber is a good thing. It is heart healthy, brain healthy and mood healthy. Why would you not share this information? It’s awesome!
So, let me ask you something: do you know anyone in your office or place of work that could use some fiber—a better attitude? I am sure there is. But here is what is important to know: we cannot change other people’s attitudes. They have to make that choice. But, you can have fun and buy them some fiber, put it on their desks, and include a note saying, “You seem a little moody lately; this should help.”
It’s fun and guarantees a good laugh. The other person may not see the humor ‘til they actually use the fiber, but it’s all good fun.
Fiber is not just something we take to get rid of toxins; there are other kinds of fibers that get the trash out of our mind. Some of us think poorly because of experiences we may have had or just a lack of self confidence, so your mind always drifts south and you think negative. How do you “fiber that out?”
Simple: Input leads to output.
If you don’t like your current level of thinking and can acknowledge that my thinking or thoughts may not be the best, then you have taken step one. Now it’s time to do something about it (fiber it out!).
To change your thinking, it starts when you change your daily input. Some input you cannot control, but you can pre-plan some input that will keep the toxins out of your thinking and create gravity towards a positive attitude.
5 Things You Can Do to FIBER OUT a Bad Attitude, and Get a Positive Attitude:
- Read three pages or five minutes a day of a positive book. (I happen to know a great one titled A Kick in the Attitude!)
- Determine if the people you spend the most time with are negative or positive. If they are negative, then you need to trim that time down and create boundaries. If they are positive, then plug in more and embrace their positive. Copy it!
- Work out. If you want to feel good, you have to do good. Treat your body better. Work it out, so you feel fit and look fit.
- Eat clean. Eat salads and fish. Go on-line and research best meals for good health. There are some great recopies online. I used to hate fish, but I found new ways to grill it up and now I love it.
- Make being positive a choice. Ultimately a negative attitude or a positive attitude is your choice. Nobody can choose your attitude for you. You have that responsibility everyday and all day. Develop an attitude awareness. What are your thoughts – positive or negative? If they are negative, what will adjust them to go positive? How are you responding to adversity and others? Do you need to step back and fiber out the bad, so you can get engaged with the positive?
Fiber isn’t always just something you get at the store; it’s a philosophy that when you have some toxic thinking, you act in a way that fibers out that thinking and puts you in a better frame of mind and gets you living with a positive attitude.
So the next time you feel moody, maybe playfully say, “Oh Boy, I need some FIBER!”
Have fun with it and until next time, embrace all that a positive attitude has for you!
How do you give your attitude a fiber boost?