Focus on the Positive: How Your Mindset Can Improve Your Work

January is a time for change. As we hang up our new calendars and make our resolutions, we optimistically plan to make our personal and professional lives better. For almost half of us, those goals go in the wastebasket before the first page of our new calendars do. However resolutions aren’t impossible to keep. There are many articles and books full of advice and tips to helping you succeed in becoming a better you over the course of 365 days. The one “hack” that most experts agree upon is having a positive mindset.

Over the next few months, we will be visiting this idea of creating positive environments. As Shawn Achor pointed out in his 2011 TED talk “The Happy Secret to Better Work”, three-quarters of job successes are predicted by positivity and support. So as we look ahead and adjust our 2020 resolutions, let’s focus on the positive. Below are 3 resolutions you can set today that will let the next 365 be brighter for you and those around you.

Show up to work in a positive mood.

Henry Devries once said in a post for Forbes, “As a leader, your staff and prospects take a cue from your demeanor,". First impressions are so important, and every day we make a new first impression with our coworkers. Even if we have seen them daily for years, how we walk through the front door will set a tone for the day. Sure, there will be some days where everything seems to go wrong, but positivity is a choice. Focus on the good your day will bring and how you want your staff to feel. What you give is what you receive.

Reflect on the positive

Shawn Achor notes that “journaling about one positive experience you’ve had over the past 24 hours allows your brain to relive it.” Taking just a few minutes at the end of each day to jot down one or two good things about our day can help us create habits to continue our success and prevent us from dwelling on our setbacks.

Pay a compliment

In a recent article for the Harvard Business Review, the authors point out “the best way to remember to focus on your best self is to intentionally share rich feedback with others about theirs.” Pointing out the positives to individual members of our team is a guaranteed way to get them thinking about themselves and can even prompt them to share something positive with you. When people know that the good things they are doing are being noticed, they are encouraged to grow.

These small yet attainable goals have the potential to make 2020 the Year of Positivity. May your new year be full of motivation and growth!

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