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Something that successful leaders and entrepreneurs have in common is positive thinking. Each one approaches their day and 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.”

In this article, we examine the power of positive thinking and how you can harness that power.

The benefits of positive thinking

1. Improves the ability to absorb new information easier

Psychological research has evidenced that positive thinkers are better able to absorb new information. Increased knowledge leads to more significant personal growth, improved problem-solving skills and increasing your prospects of succeeding in whatever you put your mind to.

2. Aids recovery from negative emotions

Our negative emotions can be detrimental to our wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us. 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 positive thinking is that it aids recovery from negative emotions, helping to build resilience. The scientific name for being positive is positive dispositional affect, and this personality trait also indicates more energy and enthusiasm.

3. It is contagious

Another beneficial 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 with who we are interacting. Either way, it is a win-win situation, especially with customers and colleagues.

Of course, just thinking positively 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, especially 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 mindset is equally as influential as one that is interwoven in your DNA, and all 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. The likes of Tony Robbins spend ten minutes a day on their affirmations. Check out thirty-five 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 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 to aid positive thinking but also attaining inner peace. Simply taking a note of five things to be grateful for at the end of each day can lead to a 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 rest are essential 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 achieve 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.

Author: Gemma Rolstone | Published 19th September 2016