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How a Positive Approach Can Improve Your Professional Life


Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Aug 27, 2015

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                What is the best way to get ahead in your professional life? Some people believe that it all starts with the belief that you are destined to get ahead—in other words, positive thinking. Positive thinking is one of those things that sounds amazing simple to do (just think good thoughts!) but can be incredibly difficult to pull off for some people. But if you can manage to harness the power of positive thinking, it can pay off in great dividends, leading to a healthier lifestyle as well as increased immunity to things like the common cold.

                Besides increasing your resistance to runny noses and sore throats, positive thinking can lead to increased professional success. When you have positive emotions, you’re more likely to believe that you’re capable of trying new things. When you try new things, you learn new skills. In this model, positive thinking has a direct impact on your professional success. If you believe that you’re qualified for a better position, you come off as confident and capable in the interview. Even if you know you might not be qualified for a better job, positive thinking gives you the drive you need to learn new things and make yourself more qualified.

                The essence of positive thinking can be said to begin with the way you talk to yourself in your head. Everyone has thoughts running through their mind all of the time. Some thoughts may be positive, while others are negative. If you have mostly positive thoughts, you’re considered to be an optimist. If the thoughts are mostly negative, you are considered to be a pessimist, or someone who has a negative outlook on life. So how can you go from being a pessimist to an optimist? Here are a few things you can try to increase positive thinking in your life.

  1. Meditation. Studies have shown that people who mediate are more likely to have a positive outlook on life and display more positive emotions than people who do not meditate. It’s easy to start meditating and it only takes a few minutes out of each day. Just look online for guided meditation sessions. If it doesn’t click right away, don’t worry—you’ll get better at it.
  2. Express yourself creatively. Find time to do what makes you happy simply because it puts you in a better mood. Take time to write, paint, or play an instrument each day. The creative output will inspire confidence in yourself and increase positive thoughts.
  3. Exercise. It’s a known fact that exercise increases dopamine levels in the brain, which helps to regulate emotions. Higher levels of dopamine lead to more positive thinking. Exercise also makes you feel good about yourself because you’re doing something healthy for your body.
  4. Pay attention to the conversation in your brain. Take a few moments each day to really think about what you are thinking. If the thoughts are negative, find a way to look at the situation in a more positive light.