Your mind is your greatest tool and ally in achieving your success goals. But as anyone who has been consumed by frustration, disappointment or worry knows, it can also be your greatest opponent and an obstruction to success.
Positive thinking offers you the ability of seeing the possibilities in any situation. Many experts agree that those who cultivate a positive attitude greatly enhance their chances of professional advancement.
The truth is, your negative thoughts are holding you back from achieving the career success you really want. Negativity limits and constrains. It strips away opportunities for success, self-esteem, trust, confidence, and growth. Being positive, on the other hand, has the opposite effect. Using positive language and behaviors builds up support structures and creates new roads to solutions and success.
So how do you get your mindset into a positive state that results in greater achievements at work?
- Be your own advocate: Being positive strengthens your ability to advocate effectively for yourself and others. This in turn attracts more opportunity for all involved. It also helps you engage with others more effectively and gain support more easily for your ideas and initiatives. If you don’t believe you can do it, chances are that you never will.
- Don’t shoot yourself in the foot: Next time you catch yourself saying “I can’t do that”, take a look at the reasons why. For each of those reasons, ask first whether it’s actually true. You’d be amazed how often we make our decisions based on “solid facts” that end up being little more than opinions and conjecture.
- Learn from your past: It’s easy to believe that negative occurences in your past will determine your future. However, through positive thinking, you can see beyond what lies in your history. Experiencing setbacks or becoming discouraged is understandable, but staying positive can help you work through it to find success. It also boosts your “immunity” to negative outside occurrences and you will become more resilient and bounce back faster.
- Set some goals: Whether you’re into planning or not, having an idea of where you’re headed is a leap towards thinking positively. Get a piece of paper and a pen and ask yourself the question, ‘what would you like your future to look like if you stay on the same trajectory? Write down anything and everything that comes to mind. Interestingly, if you do this a few times, you’ll start to notice the same words and ideas coming out again and again. And you can bet you’re onto something worth chasing. Your goals don’t have to be planned out too rigidly – actually, it’s better to have some flexibility because you never know what life will throw at you.
- Don’t do it alone: Being positive builds your reputation as someone worthy of trust and support and paves the way for more collaborative success rather than crushing competition in your path. It develops you as a role model and someone to “watch,” admire and learn from. An optimistic team member helps create effective solutions rather making complaints.
- Surround yourself with like minded positive people: You need to give some thought to who you’re hanging around with. Do those people make you feel good? Because if you surround yourself with positive people, it’s much easier to think positively yourself. Don’t be the grumpy person in the office. Although you may be frustrated about any number of situations, approaching them from a positive, rather than negative, standpoint, can keep you from coming off as bitter and tough to work with.
- The health benefits: Staying positive can help you avoid some of the negative pitfalls of stress, offering a happier attitude and approach to work. Some of the health benefits of positive thinking include a longer lifespan, increased resistance to the common cold, a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and an increased physical well-being. This means positive people are able to miss less work, avoiding sick time for the common cold and even more troublesome issues like cardiovascular disease. In summary;