You might have heard before that thinking optimistically is good for you. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a number of benefits of positive thinking, including:
* Lower levels of stress
* Better psychological and physical well-being
* Better cardiovascular health during stressful times
* Better coping skills
* Increased life span
You can start living more positively by practicing positive self-talk and learning to see the bright side of any situation before you let yourself think negatively—but how can positive thinking influence your career? Here are a few ways translating that positivity to the workplace will benefit you as a professional:
You’ll build your network. One easy way to think and behave more positively is to simply surround yourself with people who are supportive and positive. In doing so, you’ll create good relationships with influential mentors and colleagues—relationships that can help boost your career in the short and long run.
You’ll lower your stress level. When you embrace a positive outlook, you’re better equipped to deal with stressful situations, which are common in just about every workplace. Rather than focusing on the difficult tasks ahead of you during a large project, for example, think about the exciting end result and the impact you will make on your organization.
You’ll take things in stride. Positive thinking puts you in the right mindset for the dynamic, sometimes chaotic workplace. At most companies and organizations, things change often. Good things happen; bad things happen. When your outlook is optimistic, you’ll be able to confront all situations with confidence.
You’ll make better decisions. It’s not easy to make informed decisions when under pressure but keeping a level head and a positive outlook helps you do so. Rather than follow a path because it seems to offer the least amount of resistance, you’ll be able to tackle complex situations with grace and lead with enthusiasm not fear.
You’ll never fear failure. The most successful figures in history have failed time and time again but learned and grown from that failure. The next time you think something is too difficult to attempt, reframe the situation. Could it be worthwhile? If you fail, what’s the worst-case scenario? Is the potential reward worth the risk? Shawn Achor, a leading expert on happiness, success, and potential, delivered a popular TED Talk titled, “The Happy Secret to Better Work.” In his research, he found that only 25 percent of job successes are predicted by IQ, and 75 percent are predicted by one’s optimism levels, social support and ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat.
Achor also says that when someone increases their level of positivity, they can perform significantly better. Their intelligence, creativity and energy levels rise—along with the business outcomes at their workplaces.
Positive thinking can do so much for your life—and your career. So, get some exercise. Be grateful. Say something kind to a coworker. Do whatever makes you feel happier and more positive. You’ll notice the difference in both your personal and professional life.