Nassim Sana
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Can I Have a Can-Do Attitude?

Can I Have a Can-Do Attitude?

Nassim Sana, MCThe question we may ask is, how much of our attitudes are linked to being a successful entrepreneur?  Perhaps we shouldn’t be looking at what they do, but how they do it. While it’s impossible to say that every single successful entrepreneur is a positive person, it’s highly unlikely that any of them approached their professional goals with anything less than a “can do” attitude.

There is research that suggests that positive thinking attributes to being successful. Research by Barbara Fredrickson, a psychology professor who has written extensively about positivity, found that those who think positive thoughts have a greater capacity to take on board new information.

A report Fredrickson co-wrote on bouncing back from business failures (“Beyond hubris: How highly confident entrepreneurs rebound to venture again”) suggests that the resources generated by positive emotions can help people overcome setbacks and start new ventures. In fact, the report contends, positive emotions have been shown to help businesspeople negotiate better, improve decision-making, boost creativity and drive high-performance behavior.

“Positive emotions expand awareness and attention,” Fredrickson says, which is critical for anyone looking for an opportunity or trying to solve a problem. “When you’re able to take in more information, the peripheral vision field is expanded. You’re able to connect the dots to the bigger picture. Instead of remembering just the most central event, you remember that and the peripheral aspects, too.”

With the information that Fredrickson has gathered it is important to look at some essential key points that every employee can use to become more successful in the workplace.

  1. Know Your Negative Thoughts

Identifying your negative thoughts will help make necessary changes to your attitude to think positively. Ask yourself why you are unhappy with your job. Try to figure where your complaints and hatred come from. This is the first step to build a positive attitude.

  1. Improve Your Assertive Skills

Do not shy away from experimenting a little with communication strategies. Say something positive in response to everything you hear to make your conversations more positive. Maintaining a positive outlook will make others do the same–you will be amazing to see how contagious it really is.

  1. Respect Your Coworkers

You are more likely to have a positive attitude at work when the work environment is harmonious. Give your coworkers respect if you want respect in return–this will also go a long way in making work relations less stressful. Try to find merits from your colleagues. Working this way throughout the day will make you leave your office feeling much better about yourself.

  1. Convert Problems into Opportunities

Understand that there will be problems every now and then but you need not focus on them. Approach those problems from a different perspective and know how to turn them into opportunities. Make yourself believe that every problem that you face comes with an opportunity to learn and grow.

  1. Keep Visual Reminders

Keep visual reminders help you keep a positive attitude at work. Do not shy away from keeping sayings and images around your desk to feel motivated and inspired. Look at those images or read those messages whenever you start having negative thoughts about your job or yourself. You will be amazed to see how these visual reminders can change your mood and thinking.

At the end of the day it is important to remember that a positive attitude is half the battle of being successful in the workplace.

Nassim Sana, M.C, C.C

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