Do you want to advance your career? Many experts agree that those who cultivate a positive attitude greatly enhance their chances of professional advancement.
First of all, having a positive attitude makes you a pleasurable person to work with. Coworkers, supervisors, and clients are likely to respond more favorably to you, which in turn increase your chances of being considered for important projects and even promotions.
But more importantly, being positive can help you eliminate limiting beliefs that hold you back. As Curt Rosengren writes in his U.S. News article “How Positive Thinking Can Help Your Career,” your career potential contracts when governed by negative assumptions and expands when led by positive assumptions. Simply put, if you constantly think you can’t do something, you’re less likely to take steps that can help you succeed. If, on the other hand, you have a can-do attitude and take on new challenges, your chances of success are greater simply because you’re proactive and create opportunities for yourself.
Of course, it’s advisable to remain realistic. Some goals simply aren’t immediately attainable. But instead of falling prey to the dead-end statement, “I can’t,” a positive thinker looks for solutions to challenges, resulting in affirmative beliefs such as, “I can, so long as I complete these steps first.”
How to become more positive
Even if you habitually find yourself thinking negative, limiting thoughts, you can train yourself to become a more positive thinker. According to Hara Estroff Marano in the Psychology Today article “Depression Doing the Thinking,” pessimistic thinking is a habit—but it’s one that can be broken. The following pointers will help you combat a negative attitude and replace it with a positive one:
Learning how to be positive can take some time, but it’s well worth the effort to train yourself to think expansively and affirmatively. So invest some time in allowing your brain to think positively, and watch how that impacts your career.
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