Pay Attention to the Positive

The Cincinnati Reds are eight games in front of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Central Division.  The Reds have not been relevant in September for l0 years, so I typically lose interest about the time of the All Star break—but not this year.  I can't wait to check the box score when they have a late game.  I have to have the radio broadcast on when they play and check the starting time each day.  I follow my favorite players carefully—Scott Rolen and Joey Votto.

The positive is enjoyable and my hometown team is doing great.  They have already won more games this year than they have in a decade.  I am confident that they are going to win most games.  Paying attention is easy when the focus is on the positive.  Listening to positive words is attention-getting.  Being present intellectually is easier when the content is positive and uplifting.  Listen for the positive and focus on the good things. 

Steve Boyd
Steve Boyd
Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP, is Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, College of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University, near Cincinnati. Steve won the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in 1970 and was chosen Outstanding Professor of the Year at NKU in 1984, among other awards and honors. Since retiring, he volunteers with nonprofits, spends time with family, travels, preaches occasionally, and enjoys reading and writing. Contact Steve at (859) 866-5693 or at

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