“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative negative thinking will.” ~ Zig Ziglar – Personal Development Guru
These are two powerful quotes. Combined, they tell us that if we think positively, we’re likely to enjoy positive results. Negative thinking, on the other hand, can lead to outcomes that we don’t want.
Positive and negative thoughts can become self-fulfilling prophecies: What we expect can often come true. We are experiencing tough times at the moment, but you need to see challenges as opportunities to build character and take stock of your habits and actions.
If you start thinking that you’ll mess up a task, the chances are that you will. You may not try hard enough to succeed, you won’t attract support from other people, and you may not perceive any results as good enough.
Positive thinking, on the other hand, is often associated with positive actions and outcomes. You have hope and faith in yourself and others and you work and invest hard to prove that your optimism is warranted. You’ll enthuse others, and they may well pitch in to help you. This makes constructive outcomes all the more likely.
When it comes down to it, positive, optimistic people are happier and healthier, and enjoy more success than those who think negatively. The key difference between them is how they think about and interpret the events in their life.
Turn negatives into positives…
The first step in changing negative thinking is to become aware of it. For many of us, negative thinking is a bad habit – and we may not even know we are doing it!
When you’re more aware of the way you think, you can take action to use positive situations to your advantage, and re-shape the negative ones. The goal is to think positively, regardless of the situation, and make a conscious effort to see opportunities instead of obstacles.
If a staff member doesn’t greet you in the morning, do you immediately think he / she is mad at you because he / she didn’t say hello? How rational is that? Could that person have been distracted or busy when you walked by? Did you say hello? Maybe that person wasn’t feeling well, or was in a negative mood. These are all more rational reasons for their behaviour than simply assuming that you did something wrong.
Not only is negative thinking bad for business, but it can also be detrimental to your health as prolonged negative thinking can lead to depression. So remember, always try to have a positive outlook on your situation and strive to figure out how you can move things forward in a positive. constructive manner, whether it be in your personal or professional life.
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