What is the deal with everyone talking about maintaining a positive mental attitude? What does maintaining a positive attitude for business have to do with increasing success? Friends, family and business associates all say things like, “Keep your chin up”, “Look for the silver lining,” and “Look on the bright side.” There are a million of these sayings and they all point to the same truth: There’s magic in positive language and in maintaining a positive attitude
Positive Attitude: How It Works
When you have a positive attitude and use positive language like, “I can save money,” “I can lose weight,” “I can reach my profit goals,” then it just makes you feel better. You certainly feel better than you would if you spent the whole day focusing on what you can’t do. And it’s been proven that when we believe (or act like we believe) something to be true, it has a better chance of coming true. If we believe, for example, that we can lose 50 pounds, we can lose 50 pounds. The mind is a very powerful thing and our thoughts and the language we use affect our beliefs, actions and even our abilities.
Maintaining a positive attitude for business works the same way. It works whether you use it on yourself or to bolster others. You are going to be much more effective telling your sales agent to “go win that contract like I know you can” then to say to them, “don’t you lose that contract!”
When you say, “don’t you lose that contract” the image that one is left with is one of a contract being lost. Isn’t that what you picture when you make that statement? It paints a negative image because it is a negative statement. Practice turning negative statements into positive ones. You end up saying the same thing, yet you paint a beter picture and will thus get a better result.
Cultivating a positive attitude for business helps you get over challenges without even realizing it. When we have a positive attitude, challenges just seem to be less significant. It’s not that positive people don’t have challenges to overcome or get past, it’s just that challenges have less of an effect on their life and their outlook than they do for negative people. If you have a negative attitude, the smallest setback can feel like Mount Everest. If, on the other hand, you have a positive attitude, even major setbacks feel do-able.
Creating a positive attitude for business helps you see opportunities rather than limitations. Opportunities, recognizing them and seizing them, is often the difference between tremendous success and just making a living. When you have a positive attitude, you view the world as a welcoming and friendly place and you expect, recognize and grab opportunities as they come to you. If you’re negative then it’s easy to view the world as your enemy and everything as a problem or limitation. Being positive makes a huge difference in your success.
A positive attitude for business also attracts people to you. It makes them want to do business with you and it brings opportunities, business partners, customers and friends to you. You’re able to surround yourself with positive people and success easily.
Having a positive, can do attitude, gives you the extra edge to dream big and accomplish your goals. When you believe you can accomplish something, you’re able to make it happen. You’re able to sit down and plan how you’re going to achieve your goals. You’re able to focus on accomplishing the steps it takes to get where you want to go and you’re able to celebrate and share your success with others.
How Do You Cultivate a Positive Attitude For Business?
Most of us as children have a very positive outlook on life. It is over time, as we grow up, that we begin to develop negative attitudes towards life. There is good news though…You can learn to be positive, to use positive language and to look on the bright side. It just takes practice. We are very much out of practice, but that is all it is. You are not having to learn anything new. In fact, you are just reclaiming your youth!
Once you can learn to recognize or be conscious of your thoughts, then you can begin to eliminate or change the negative thoughts into positive ones. Don’t give up when you find this process difficult, it is and it takes time and practice. However the effort is well worth it. When you’re able to see the world in a positive light, everything changes.
Recommended Books on How to Cultivate Positive Attitude:
- Attitude Is Everything: Change Your Attitude… Change Your Life!
- Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories about Counting Your Blessings and Having a Positive Attitude
- The Power of Positive Thinking
- Positive Attitude Training: Self-Mastery Made Easy
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