Success in business is very well documented in books, talks and podcasts by inspirational entrepreneurs.

Each and every one of these brand leaders approached their enterprise with positivity.  It is not so much about what they have done, but how they did it, and this invariably starts by saying “I can.”

Here are some of the benefits of positive thinking, which can enhance every aspect of business dealings:

1. Improves the ability to absorb new information easier

Psychologists have proven that positive thinkers are better able to absorb new information. In turn, this helps with problem-solving. The scientific name for being positive is positive dispositional affect. This personality trait always indicates more energy and enthusiasm.

2. Aids recovery from negative emotions

When it comes to decision making, a negative frame of mind, by logic, is less likely to lead to a positive outcome.  One of the best “tricks” of being positive, is that it aids recovery from negative emotions.  This really helps to build resilience, which is essential to overcome the inevitable setbacks that will occur in business.

3. It is contagious

Another very useful side-effect of positivity is that it is contagious.  This is either because a person behaving positively towards you releases the feel-good chemical oxytocin, or because so-called “mirror neurons” mimic the actions of those we are interacting with.  Either way, it is a win-win situation, especially with customers or colleagues.

Of course, just thinking is not going to achieve goals. Positive action is required to build on these optimistic and enthusiastic ideas.  So how do you become more positive, if it is not your natural disposition, and reap all these rewards from thinking and behaving in a positive manner?

Ways to harness positivity:

The great news is that the power of positivity can be harnessed.  A self-generated positive mind-set is equally as influential as one that is interwoven in your DNA and all of the above benefits can be realised.

1. The core is deep self-belief

Tell yourself you are capable of significant achievement every day. Let this become a conviction. When negative doubts invade, as they will, banish them. It is a choice to embrace a more optimistic outlook.  Affirmations are a great way to do this and the likes of Tony Robbins spent 10 minutes a day on their affirmations. Check out 35 great affirmations by Dr. Carmen Harra here.

2. Associate with other positive people

Pessimists will drag you down as well as reinforce doubts and uncertainties.  However, positivity breeds positivity and bolsters self-esteem.  It may seem obvious, but one negative nay-sayer can cynically destroy your confidence, and it is really better to avoid such folk.  Spend time with those that make you feel uplifted and will happily tell you ‘You can do it!’ should self-doubt start to creep in.

3. Keep a gratitude diary

Counting your blessings is a proven and effective tool in attaining inner peace.  Simply taking a note of five things to be grateful for at the end of each day can lead to rapid transformation of negative thought-patterns.  These items can be as small as the enjoyment of a delicious cup of coffee, or as important as the fact that you are in a loving relationship.

4. Look after yourself properly

A healthy diet, adequate exercise and plenty of rest are all essentials in maintaining physical and mental health, so do not scrimp on any of these areas.  It’s all too easy to slump back into negativity when over-tired and under the weather.  It is very easy to get bogged down with work but make sure that you are achieving that all important work-life balance.

If you are having difficulty harnessing positivity contact us to arrange a free initial consultation to see how we can help you get your mojo back.

Gemma Rolstone

Gemma Rolstone

Helping good managers to become great leaders