I’m sure that we can all recognise the effect that our attitude can have on our lives. When we’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by our workload or a bit out of our depth, we can become negative and stop believing in our own abilities and in turn our productivity suffers. Therefore, it’s logical to try to foster an air of positivity in our working environments to get the best from ourselves, our work colleagues and staff.
Why is positivity so important?
When we’re more positive, we are less likely to feel stressed, which is good news for our health and our quality of work. When we are feeling stressed or under pressure, it can affect our cognitive ability and we struggle to think clearly and often can make mistakes, which is not productive. Also, positivity is catching. In the same way that negativity can affect the people around us, if we are exuding positivity, it will influence our work environment and colleagues.
So how do we go about creating a positive/productive environment?
It can help to try and keep any issues that are bothering us out of the workplace. For example, when personal issues are bothering us, it can help to compartmentalise them i.e. visualise yourself putting each problem into a box and then putting each box onto a shelf. This will signify that you are shelving the problems for now, ready to be retrieved and looked at later. This should ensure that you are able to change your attitude and your mindset to become more positive about your work.
How can you foster more positivity at work?
Your mindset each morning can have a big effect on the outcome of your day. So, if you start each day by telling yourself that you are going to have a good day, or that you are going to achieve what you set out to, the belief that you feel will lead to greater positivity and productivity.
You’ve probably heard the expression about looking at a glass as half full or half empty? Well it’s true that how you view setbacks that you might encounter each day, can have an influence on your mindset. If you are stuck in traffic, you could try to see it as an opportunity to think about your goals for the day, or as a chance to listen to some calming music before you get to work. Always try to turn a negative into a positive.
Try to turn your failures into learning experiences. Many successful people have failed in their first business opportunity but have learnt what didn’t work and managed to maintain a positive mindset to ensure that they succeed at the next endeavour.
When you find yourself thinking negatively about yourself or your abilities, try to replace these negative thoughts with positive ones. For example, instead of thinking “I’ll never be able to do that”, think “I might not be able to do that now, but I can learn how”.
Hopefully, you can see the power that a positive attitude can have on you, your work life and your life in general. Although, we will all face set-backs, how we deal with them can make all the difference, so the next time you find yourself viewing a situation as negative, try to turn it around and view it from a positive angle.
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Till Next Time
Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor