According to a TED talk by Shawn Anchor, “75% of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge rather than a threat.
“Your brain in positive performs significantly better than it does in negative.”
Your creativity, energy, and intelligence levels rise.
“The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.”- Norman Vincent Peale
What do you think of when you think of positivity?
When I think of a positive person, I think of someone who’s happy and confident in their abilities.
Someone who sees the good in every situation.
Someone who sees the light at the end of the tunnel while they are surrounded by darkness.
Someone who has goals and is not afraid to pursue them.
A positive person is strong and aware. They are aware of their self worth and what they contribute to the world. They are a giver to others but also recognize that they need to pursue their own dreams as well.
A positive person is not always succesful, but they will not give up on their goals.
Someone who is resilient. Someone who has had all the odds against his/herself, but is still striving for success.
Being postiive does not mean you are living in this “perfect” bubble. Positivity is allowing yourself to reach the full potential you can be by not letting anything derail you from your progress and your dreams.
How do you feel when you are around a positive person?
There is a light around them. You feel safe to tell them your worries and your concerns because you know they won’t judge, and you can count on them for honesty. Positive people won’t tell you exactly what you want to hear, but they will provide you with a better path for doing something. There is a level of trust we associate with positive people.
You feel happy and light in their presence. When talking with a positive person, they make you feel as if you can do anything, and as if your crazy new business proposal is not as crazy as you think.
You feel comfortable around them. There is a warmth that radiates from them. With them, you are safe to be yourself and to say what is on your mind.
Why should you be a positive person?
All of the characteristics that I above mentioned of a positive person–safety, trust, comfort– all make for positive leadership.
Do you want to be a leader in your company or a follower?
Do you want to have confidence in your work and believe in your abilities and how much you contribute to your team?
Do you want others to feel comfortable around you to share their visions?
Do you want others to feel safe around you to critique your work without fear of angering you?
A safe, comfortable,and trusting environment is key to a positive workplace.
How can you become a more positive person?
- Take time to do what you love. Life gets away from us with our busy weeks between work, errands, and other commitments leaving you exhausted by the end of the week. Make time for things that bring you joy.
- Take time to rest. Allow yourself time to relax your muscles and your mind.
- Meditate. Listen to this, and let your mind wander.
- Be grateful. Tell others how much you appreciate all that they do for you. Give back to those that have helped you. Strong relationships and strong connections bring happiness.
- Write down a positive thought each day.
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Written by: Arianna Miller