Improve Performance Through Positive Thinking Techniques
Positive thinking techniques are making a conscious effort to think with an optimistic attitude and anticipate positive outcomes. Positive behavior means purposely acting with energy and enthusiasm. When you think and behave positively, you guide your mind toward your goals and generate matching mental and physical energy.
Positive thinking techniques and behavior are often deciding factors in landing a top job – your first job, a promotion, a change of jobs – whatever career step you are targeting. The function of your subconscious is to support your thoughts and actions by triggering matching psychological responses. Research has proved that positive thinking techniques and conduct have a powerful impact on personal performance, confidence and even health
Generate Positive Brain Chemicals
Positive thinking causes the brain to generate matching, positive chemical and physical responses, such as increased mental alertness and physical energy, improved respiration and circulation, and increased beneficial endorphins. Thinking positively actually boosts your ability to perform and project enthusiasm, energy, competence, and confidence - the qualities interviewers look for when they hire and promote candidates.
Negative thinking causes the brain to stimulate matching negative chemical and physical responses, such as increased blood pressure, reduced mental alertness, increased anxiety, decreased physical energy, and flight or fight reactions and responses.
These responses decrease energy, creativity, and performance and simultaneously erode self-confidence.
Follow these techniques to form the habit of positive thinking to boost your success.
It does no good to yourself or your future if you dwell on negative past events.
Who cares for example that you had dealings with ungrateful individuals who were former lowlife criminals returning to their lifelong behaviors that took advantage of your good nature and skills by refusing to pay you even for the cost of goods and supplies. Focus on thinking positively about the future and you will get there. Focus on the past and you will relive and repeat it.
As an example of focusing on past success no one is ever born learning how to ride a bicycle or certainly to repair and diagnose computer problems.
Through training, practice, and trial and error, you master new abilities. During the trial-and- error phases of development remind yourself of your positive past successes: look at mistakes as part of the natural learning curve. Continue until you achieve the result you want, and remind yourself that you have succeeded in the past and can do so yet again. You will fail only when you quit trying.
The importance of positive thinking techniques and action cannot be understated in your job search and / or career and new job promotions. Remember that every day is a new life to a wise man.
A Positive Mind Set for Positive Results
It’s surprising how much people ask for what they don’t want rather than what they do want. It’s seems counter intuitive, but it’s the way we are. Most of us don’t even realize that we’re doing it. Think positively for positive results.
To explain what I mean, consider the techniques and ways your mind works. When you see or hear something, your mind deals with images, pictures in your mind. You are able to think about something even if you don’t know the word for it (“You know, the little round things on the bottom of fishing poles.”) Your mind thinks in images.
Think Positively to Move Forward
This point is important because we tend to move toward what we think about. We hear about athletes who use the technique of positive thinking to see clearly imagines of a perfect performance to help them achieve it. The same applies to everyday life. We may not actively choose our thoughts, but we will still tend to move toward them - even if we’re thinking about what we don’t want.
Ask for what you want, not what you don’t want. By doing so, you've dramatically improved your chances of getting the positive result you want. You decide. Which style, asking for what you want or asking for what you don’t want, is more likely to yield positive results that please you? Asking for what you want is the technique to use and way to go.
Yet most people ask for what they don’t want. Listen with this in mind and you’ll hear all sorts of examples. “Don’t forget your keys.” “Don’t stay out too late”. “I sure hope I don’t blow this presentation”.
Now that you’re aware of this principle it will be fairly easy for you to change your technique to asking for what you want. It’s a relatively small shift in a positive mind set that pays large cumulative dividends.
At first, it may take a little effort to replace your negative requests for positive ones, but soon you’ll be asking for what you want. You’ll find the shift easy. After all, it’s much more fun to think about what you want than the things you don’t want.
How Positive Thinking About Others Helps You
“Looking for the good in others” is probably something you were taught to do in your early education. Elementary school teachers are pros at helping children to learn to keep an open and positive mind about others and experiences. Now, as an adult, you like the idea of it, but may have trouble applying this thinking technique in your everyday life.
Turns out that a technique for looking for the good in people and experiences is an excellent way to turn your thoughts from negative, into positive thinking, more harmonious thoughts. Remember, apply this idea to both people AND experiences. Consider that even people that you may think of as wicked, lazy or insignificant have some positive qualities and have done some good deeds. Also, consider that even experiences that you consider time-wasters or places you would rather not be, can have some underlying positive qualities.
All People Have Some Positive Qualities
It is generally accepted that there was never a person who did not have some positive qualities or who did not do some good deeds. There was never an experience that did not have something positive in it, or closely connected to it. The search for the good, if diligent and faithful need never be in vain! When you find the good, remember to treasure that you got there. When your habit of looking for the positive in others is fully established, negative thoughts will seldom intrude!
Let’s illustrate the theory of finding the good in experiences with an example.
A young woman, living on a busy Manhattan street, complained that she could not sleep because the noises of the busy city street outside her house disturbed her. A colleague of hers suggested using the positive thinking technique that every noise, whatever its character, had a musical note and she should try to find that note in each of the various sounds which she heard.
She decided to give it try. She abandoned all attempts to go to sleep and pursued in finding the musical note within the city street noises. Not surprisingly, she slept soundly all night.
Why was she able to find the sound sleep that had eluded her for so long? The explanation is that before she had focused on the discordant characteristics of the noises that she heard, and by thinking these thoughts, she enlarged her consciousness of the negative as opposed to the positive, and kept herself awake.
In her search for the musical notes, she lost sight of the disturbing negative conditions, and she fell asleep because the discord of the noises no longer disturbed her. She let her thinking focus positively and she got her desired result.
Search for the Positive in Others
The search for the good in others and experiences, is one of the best methods for substituting negative thinking with positive, congruent thinking. A word of advice, do not limit your attempt to search for the positive only ‘in the moment’. What I mean is, when you are having a negative experience or with a negative person, don’t think “oh yeah, I have to look for the positive in people and experiences.”
Instead, consider looking for the positive a ‘life work’, constantly in exercise to eliminate negative thoughts.
When you are able to change your thinking technique so that you always ‘look for the positive’, you will discover that your life will shine brighter and brighter.
Not only for you – but also for others around you…family, associates, co-workers, employees and friends. The plain fact is, people gravitate towards and want to spend time with others that look for the positive in people and experiences.
Perhaps you have someone in your life right now that exudes the positive thinking technique lifestyle. Likely, others comment on how positive they are; that no matter what, they always see the bright side. They may comment on their positive outlook and that they are pleasant to be around and that nary a negative word comes out of their mouth.
Isn’t it time that the people in your life started making statements like that when describing you? If you pause and ponder about the good in that person or experience, I promise that you will stop that negative thought dead in its track and replace it with a positive thought.