We all see the news, and it’s not good. From citizens who standby, heckle and chastise the police as they are peppered with bullets as seen in Philadelphia recently, to politicians who openly call the police racist and abusive – there is no doubt that law enforcement today is facing a critical point in our nation’s history. The election in 2020 is going to be a pivotal point where we decide as a nation what we want and expect for our brave men and women who protect this great country every day.
I hope we don’t disappoint them.
For the law enforcement officers out there, in my opinion, you can do one of two things. You can succumb to the negativity and criticism you see every day, or you can develop a bulletproof mindset and maintain a positive attitude. Nothing ever comes easy. If you choose the former you head down that road of negativity, cynicism and probably bad health. Often that is a hard and arduous road to come back from. If you choose the latter, you will be happier, more positive about the future and most likely be healthier. Remember that mediocrity will always criticize the successful. This will never change, and this applies to all professions as well as your personal life, so get used to it.
You must remember that negative leaders come and go and negative movements don’t survive the test of time. Look at any negative and toxic movement in history and their life span, and you will see what I am talking about.
The point is that justice and good will always prevail. They always have and they always will. Yes, the nation and organizations will go through turbulent times but that is an essential part of growth and development. All the negativity and toxicity that law enforcement is dealing with now and has been in recent years will fade away down the road but remember that law enforcement will always face challenges and mountains to climb – and conquer.
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Very rarely do I have a successful guest on the CJEvolution Podcast that doesn’t have a positive mindset and talk about the power of cultivating that kind of mindset. Sure, you need to back up thoughts with action, but it starts with having the mindset you need to weather the tough times. And, there will always be tough times.
It comes down to making a choice. Some people come from horrible backgrounds, abusive families or substance abuse – maybe all of them combined. Yet some people make the choice to make their life better, and that makes all the difference. Look at Oprah Winfrey. She was raised in poverty and was sexually abused as a child. Yet she made a choice. She knew where she wanted to go and pointed the needle in that direction. The rest is history.
Choices are binary. You can choose to make your life better and accept nothing less, or you can stay in your current headspace and go nowhere.
It really boils down to you.
Be safe and take care of each other.