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Mindful Insights - Positive Attitude

So many of you have shared how busy it continues to be and your ever-increasing pressure to get results.  The pressure doesn’t seem to be easing off and will possibly continue for some time yet.  Others have shared the challenges of being understaffed, stress at work and underperforming colleagues, yet somehow their own positive attitude gets them through, and they shared how;

Managers with Positive Attitude (PA)

  1. Managers with PA envision and expect great results.
  2. Have a strong will to trying something new.
  3. Believe that everything would turn all right
  4. PA sees the good in people and enables them to recognize opportunities and create optimism
  5. An attitude that sees the sunny side of life
  6. Maintains that everything is a doable and has a “YES I can” attitude!

They shared how their own personal happiness and positive self-talk seemed to be the key and it helped boost performance and outlook.

Others interestingly had mixed feelings about positivity and shared their negative commentary about their places of work and their own underperformance  due to the extreme pressure, and whether they were happy or not  had to have a word with themselves expressing they were finding it very difficult at work.

So how do you develop ways to keep a Positive Attitude at work?

Dump – the negativity talk in your head

If you don’t, your mind will not go looking for solutions - it stops in the place of negativity and even expects it, thus affects any positive actions or thoughts and could end with making bad choices.

It’s interesting that the narrative for some on positive thinking is no more than to display a facade and possibly thinking happy thoughts, but surely its more than that?

There’s a lot more out there that we don’t know about, and the possibilities are endless. It’s so much deeper and has greater effect than just putting a smile on your face.  You can either have a narrowing focus or one that’s the exact opposite and many studies have exposed this.

Imagine this view that leads you to living the way that’s natural, that’s leading you to greater opportunity and self-worth. Even if you don’t naturally have PA (because not everyone does), let’s look at the following and see if any of this may help you.

Feed your mind and use the right language/ thought process

Yes, you are what you feed your mind.  If you sit in a chair all day and think on negative thoughts, guess what comes out? Yes, negative thoughts.

Give it some good food, relaxing music, maybe uplifting music. If you need encouragement, books can be a great way to help; being lost in a book for some is the answer. Some of you shared how motivational podcasts or videos have been a great help during this chaotic time of Covid, or going for a walk clears the head.

How we speak and what we think are just as important as what we feed our mind. We need to be mindful about the words we use. After all words can bring life or death to the receiver and can be impactful on how you yourself view the world and those around you.

In management positions it’s important that we find a positive way to view what’s before us on a daily basis and have the dialogue with ourselves about all the possibilities and opportunities that it can present. Have an awareness of how you come across.

The greatest management tool you can use is PA and it’s important that it’s one of the best tools you carry.  When the buck stops with you, it’s you that has to come up with the goods as you cannot rely on others always. Maybe for you it could be as simple as having a Positive Mantra that you repeat to yourself on a daily basis. Assume responsibility and choose your response.

What happened, what was your response, what was the outcome? How you respond influences the outcome, even when what happened was out of your control. All of us have things that we actually dread dealing with. You have enough awareness to know that you dislike dealing with these, so get yourself in a position and have a good old conversation with yourself saying you will choose to remain calm and choose NOT to let it affect you. So choosing to look at the matter differently and thinking very clearly about your response, will reap rewards.

Surround yourself with POSITIVE ATTITUDE PEOPLE

Sometimes there isn’t a lot you can do about the people you work with. But you can possibly limit the time you need to be with them, especially if they are negative and complainers.

There is a saying that you can get like the people you spend the most time with.  So think about how much time you’re going to spend with any given person.

So many times, positive people attract positive people and negative/complaining people attract those who think like them.  Try and keep your distance from the negative (sometimes, very toxic) people. 

Stay close to people that lift you up, inspire you and encourage you.  Perhaps their conversations will open up a new outlook and help you to see things differently. Try to check in with these people from time to time - it will do you the world of good.

In all things, be kind. Both stress and positivity radiate up and down

General MacArthur quoted,

 “You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart, there is a recording chamber; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage; so long as you are young. When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then and only then are you grown old.”

We all have a short time here, choose how you want to spend it and with whom.

Hope to be back soon, being mindful on kindness.


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