Positive thinking is a philosophy that can improve every aspect of your life. It can take some practice, but shifting toward a more positive lifestyle will have a measurable impact on your work and your play. Researchers from the University of North Carolina have found that the human brain responds differently to positive and negative thoughts. Positive thinking is more than just smiling more or trying to stay happy. It involves actively rejecting negative thoughts, or taking those negative thoughts and transforming them into something positive. Once you get used to seeing positives rather than negatives your whole perspective on life will change.
Increased Expectations of Good Results
There are some specific work-related benefits to positive thinking. It’s easy to complain about your workload, your boss, or your co-workers. Once you stop complaining, though, you can focus on the good aspects of those things that usually bother you. You will begin to expect good things to happen because you notice more often when good things have already happened. The simple act of marking good things and ignoring bad things causes the good to become more prevalent, which helps you work toward good results more easily.
Sense of Accomplishment
A focus on a positive philosophy also allows you to take more pride in your work. A positive thinker will make lists or keep track of all of the victories in a day. Even the smallest positive outcome can be added to the list, so at the end of the day you’re left with a remarkable tally of good work that you’ve accomplished throughout the day. When you feel like you’re doing a great job you’ll begin to find that you expect to do a good job more often, which increases your job satisfaction as well as your productivity.
Positivity is Contagious
Another way positivity can change the way you work is in your relationships with managers or co-workers. When you are consistently positive it becomes contagious. While you’re noticing your own positive achievements you’ll also notice the achievements of those around you, which will help them to realize their own value in the workplace. Those who work with you will begin to think more positively too. As positivity begins to overcome negativity in the workplace, everyone is more comfortable and productive. Work begins to feel like a team effort and everyone wants to pitch in to make things come out right.
Robert Gillings is an award winning writer, producer, actor architectural designer, philosopher and financial consultant