Usually, it is much easier to think negatively than positively. If you too have a penchant for detecting and dwelling on the negative, it’s no cause for alarm. In fact, you are simply a product of intelligent human design whereby bad overpowers good. We, humans, were designed to be intensely aware of negative circumstances and consequences as it helped our ancestors survive.
While this tendency may serve us in situations related to survival, it can cause us stress in our day to day lives. Especially when it comes to workplace success, having an optimistic outlook can bring you a lot of success. So the question becomes: How do we change this?
Follow the suggestions below to make the positives in your life “stick”.
Become more aware of your negative, self-talk and begin to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. For instance, the phrase “There is no way it will work,” is very negative. Try replacing it with a more positive statement, such as, “I can try to make it work.”
2. Affirming Lists
Making lists of positive aspects of yourself that can make you feel more confident about yourself and the life you lead. Try writing down five of your strengths or things you admire about yourself. Refer to the list often.
3. Do Something That Makes You Happy
It may be difficult to cut out time for yourself, especially if you are very busy. Make a list of small things you can do each day that will make you happy, such as treating yourself to a great cup of coffee or tackling a crossword puzzle during your lunch break. Commit to doing one of these things each day.
4. Positive Affirmations
Affirmations are positive statements that you make about yourself. They describe how you would like to feel about yourself all the time, but not necessarily how you feel at the moment. Make a list of yours and keep it handy. Read the affirmations aloud and write them down from time to time. For instance, your affirmations may include “I feel good about myself” and “I spend time with people who care about me and make me feel good about myself.”
5. Practice Makes Perfect
Though it is nearly impossible for a pessimist to become an optimist overnight, practicing positive thinking can help you become less critical and gain self-acceptance. Take each thought as it comes, increase awareness and change the way you think.
Truworth Wellness offers mind-health counseling that helps employees to develop a positive outlook on a case-by-case basis. We understand the situation each employee is in and offer personalized suggestions to stay positive.