Pollyanna Power Principles

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  • 7 homes in 3 states – two of those states twice!
  • In case you wonder if I’m running from the law…
  • I’m not…But it hasn’t all been wine and roses and blue skies either…
  • I’ve watched helplessly as my sister struggled with such severe depression that she was institutionalized and given shock therapy. I’ve rescued my homeless and heroin-addicted brother-in-law from a mattress in the middle of a Nevada desert, and I provided live-in care for my father-in-law as I watched Alzheimer’s steal his life. I’ve also had a hysterectomy and my husband, Mark, was diagnosed with melanoma, which we thankfully caught early enough, in part because of one of the practices I’ll talk about in a few slides.
  • Pollyanna a novel by Eleanor Porter, is the first of a series of thirteen novels known as "The Glad Books", about an orphaned girl living with her aunt in the early 20th century. Young Pollyanna goes by a philosophy called "The Glad Game" where she finds something to be glad about in every situation. Combined with her sunny personality, her presence helps to reform her dismal town and, most effectively, her miserable aunt.The novel was an instant success, warranting twelve sequels by different authors and passing the name "Pollyanna" itself into the vernacular to describe the archetype she embodies. It was adapted into Movies and tv series several times including a 1920 silent movie, a 1986 Anime series as part of the World Masterpiece Theater series and perhaps most famously made into a film by Disney starring Hayley Mills.After Porter abandoned the "Glad Books" series, it was taken over by first Harriet Lummis Smith, then Elizabeth Borton, Margaret Piper Chalmers and finally Virginia May Moffatt. Later books took Pollyanna into marriage, motherhood and war, not to mention living in places as disparate as a tenement in New York, a castle in Mexico, and Hollywood - playing "The Glad Game" and warming others' lives all along.
  • What are values?Values are those things that really matter to each of us ... the ideas and beliefs we hold as special. Caring for others, for example, is a value; so is the freedom to express our opinions.
  • Parable of 83 problems…
  • Cultivate your attention…
  • Attention and intention:Self-reflection: Take a few minutes every evening to step outside of yourself and recall the events of the day, from an external perspective, as an outsider looking in.What do you see? Did you listen attentively…going way beyond dowloading to really hear and experience others in your interactions?Did you allow your love for others to shine through?Did you find some time to laugh?Or did you sharpen your claws in preparation for a fight?How was this behavior perceived by others?In retrospect, what would you have done differently?What can you pledge to change?
  • Attention and IntentionThen…choose the top 10. Then cut the list to 5. Then three. These are your core values.
  • Most of us just “download” when we listen to others. Use a combination of intuition and attention.Pay attention to how your body feels. Notice first impressions. Inner guidance often expresses itself through mental images, body sensations and responses. Is your belly tightening? Does your heart feel light?  Be aware of your personal boundary, of where you begin and end so that you stay centered and in your own space.   Over time you will learn to trust your body’s messages and know when something feels right or not.7% WORDS       38% TONE of VOICE       55% GESTURES/BODY LANGUAGE
  • Pure IntentionPut them in writingShare them publiclyRevisit and revise them often
  • Voices of Judgment, Criticism, and Failure
  • Kevin Nealon
  • Pollyanna Power Principles

    1. 1. P3Pollyanna Power Principles Laura Deaton
    2. 2. Introduce yourself and sharesomething about yourself withthe person sitting next to you.
    3. 3. In just the last 6 years…
    4. 4. And…
    5. 5. Written by Eleanor Porter, 1913 Mary Pickford as Pollyanna, 1919
    6. 6. Pollyanna Principle #1WE ACCOMPLISH WHAT WE HOLDOURSELVES ACCOUNTABLE FOR.
    7. 7. “Action toward or involving others that reflects the integrity of the person I want to be.”
    8. 8. Pollyanna Principle #2EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US ISCREATING OUR PERSONAL FUTURE,EVERY DAY…
    9. 9. Whether we do so consciously…
    10. 10. Or not…
    11. 11. Pollyanna Principle #3WE ARE ALL INTERCONNECTED ANDINTERDEPENDENT…
    12. 12. Whether we acknowledge that…
    13. 13. Or not…
    14. 14. Pollyanna Principle #4“BEING THE CHANGE WE WANT TOSEE” MEANS WALKING THE TALK OFOUR VALUES.
    15. 15. CongruenceWhen people know that what you say is ontrack with what you value , and it is alsoaligned with what you do – your actions.
    16. 16. Pollyanna Principle #5STRENGTH BUILDS UPON OURSTRENGTHS, NOT OUR WEAKNESSES.
    17. 17. Pollyanna Principle # 6WE SUCCEED WHEN WE HAVESYSTEMS TO DO SO.
    18. 18. Successful Change Agents and Catalysts…• Are lifelong learners• Spend some portion of their days in contemplation, reflection, or meditation• Are servant leaders• Are strong communicators• Keep their eyes on the prize
    19. 19. Successful Change Agents and Catalysts…• Are lifelong learners• Spend some portion of their days in contemplation, reflection, or meditation• Are servant leaders• Are strong communicators• Keep their eyes on the prize
    20. 20. IntuitionAttentionIntentionPlay them as a chord…
    21. 21. The Looking Glass
    22. 22. Successful Change Agents and Catalysts…• Are lifelong learners• Spend some portion of their days in contemplation, reflection, or meditation• Are servant leaders• Are strong communicators• Keep their eyes on the prize
    23. 23. Identify your SELF and your VALUES
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    25. 25. Successful Change Agents and Catalysts…• Are lifelong learners• Spend some portion of their days in contemplation, reflection, or meditation• Are servant leaders• Are strong communicators• Keep their eyes on the prize
    26. 26. Beyond Downloading
    27. 27. Successful Change Agents and Catalysts…• Are lifelong learners• Spend some portion of their days in contemplation, reflection, or meditation• Are servant leaders• Are strong communicators• Keep their eyes on the prize
    28. 28. Health and Wellness FinancialSpirituality Security Goals Relationships Career and Family
    29. 29. VOJVOCVOF
    30. 30. The Everyday ChallengeWhat did I do today……to hold myself accountable?…to consciously create my future?…to acknowledge my interconnectedness andinterdependency?…to “walk the talk” of my values?…to leverage my strengths and the strengths ofothers?… to make sure that I do the same tomorrow?
    31. 31. One of my favorites…“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am thedecisive element. It is my personal approach that creates theclimate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possesstremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be atool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliateor humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response thatdecides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and aperson is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people asthey are, we make them worse. If we treat people as theyought to be, we help them become what they are capable ofbecoming.”~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    32. 32. Questionsand Thoughts
    33. 33. The Pollyanna Principles1. We accomplish what we hold ourselves accountable for.2. Each and everyone of us is creating our personal future everyday, whether we do so consciously or not.3. We are all interconnected and interdependent, whether we acknowledge that, or not.4. “Being the change we want to see” means walking the talk of our values.5. Strengths build upon our strengths, not upon our weaknesses.6. We succeed when we have systems to do so.

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