Business is hard these days. Markets are volatile, morale is low, and the world faces new challenges daily. In times like this, it’s easy to fall into a slump. But as a leader, you set the tone, and it’s important to create positivity.
When you reshape your mindset to positivity, you find opportunity in challenges and benefits in drawbacks. People with positive attitudes remain hopeful and see the best even in difficult situations. In contrast, those with negative attitudes are often pessimistic and disagreeable, and they typically expect the worst in tough situations.
A positive attitude may not make you less stressed, but it can give you the skills you need to cope with stress in a healthier way. Here are some of the benefits of positivity:
Your outlook will be richer and more optimistic. A positive outlook naturally leads to an optimistic view of life. Rather than thinking that the grass is greener on the other side, you’ll notice how green it is where you’re standing. Optimism creates a framework that can help you deal with negative events.
You’ll deal better with disappointment and failure. You will still have hard days, but it won’t take as long to bounce back. With a positive attitude, you can accept even a bad outcome rather than wasting time in denial. People with negative attitudes dwell on negative events, while those a positive attitude find a way to make it work.
You’ll be more empathetic and understanding. A positive attitude will help you understand why people act the way they do. Rather than jumping to a harmful conclusion, you see where people are coming from and respond with compassion. Empathy is the difference between being followed and being respected.
You’ll be less stressed. Leaders with a positive attitude are less likely to become stressed by negative events . They’re more likely to engage in silver-lining thinking, finding something of value even in stressful times.
You’ll be more grateful. A positive outlook will teach you to be grateful for the good things in your professional and personal life. You will approach every day with an appreciative mindset instead of constantly thinking what you lack, freeing your mind to run your business as it needs to be run.
A positive attitude is immensely beneficial, but it’s easier said than done. Start today. Think of one thing and find something positive in it. Then watch your attitude change.
Lead From Within: As we all know, positive thinking will help you do everything better than negativity.
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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.