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Stay positive, Boyne tells Jamaicans

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Deputy chief executive officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ian Boyne, is encouraging Jamaicans to cultivate a spirit of optimism and a "can-do attitude", even as they navigate their way through the current economic challenges.

Boyne said it was important for Jamaicans to seek out the opportunities present in times of significant challenges, rather than bemoan what they can't control or change.

The veteran journalist, who was delivering the keynote address at the Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains' weekly meeting on Thursday, at the Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa, in Kingston, urged citizens to alter their attitude of pessimism and "catastrophising", and instead adopt a positive mindset.

Problem in every solution

"We have a problem in Jamaica in the sense that we find a problem in every solution. We always find a cloud to every silver lining. There is almost a congenital pessimistic framework that we have," he said.

"One of the things that always struck me is our difficulty in finding solutions or taking a can-do attitude," Boyne added.

He pointed out that in many ways, the media has played a significant role in developing this spirit of negativity on which Jamaicans feed. "My profession has played a major negative role, because in my profession, we glorify the bad news, we glorify the gory. If it bleeds, it leads," he said.

Boyne emphasised that it would be harder for Jamaicans to cope and for the nation to move forward, if they do not change their mindset and thoughts.

"If you change your perspective, if you change your ways of seeing things, you change your world, and you create new circumstances," he reasoned.