09 Sep Amplified Success Through Positive Thinking
Optimistic thinking promotes high achievement both at work, as well as in your personal life. According to Dr. Martin Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, success is the product of a “combination of reasonable talent [with] the ability to keep going in the face of defeat.”
MetLife, a leading provider of insurance services, enlisted the aid of Seligman to help them prove this philosophy through a two-year case study. In addition to their regular screening exam, MetLife required that applicants complete Seligman’s assessment, which measured applicants’ level of optimism. Over two years, MetLife employees who scored above the 50th percentile for optimism boasted 37 percent more successful sales than that of their pessimistic counterparts. Even more impressive, Seligman recommended that MetLife also hire a group of applicants who flunked the initial screening test, yet scored extremely high points on the optimism assessment. After two years, these “super optimists” outsold the pessimists by 57%.
The results of the MetLife case study raise a strong argument that optimism leads to success. So, put on some rose colored glasses and start thinking positively.
Make positivity a conscious decision: Resolving to think and act more positively isn’t a goal achieved by the flip of a switch. To make a long-lasting behavior change, set a goal then write down the steps you’re going to follow to achieve it.
Guard yourself against negative thoughts: If everything you see, hear and read has negative connotations, you’re likely to adopt some of this negativity into your own thought processes. A few times each day, take a short break and read something humorous or inspiring. Not only will you get a mood boost, but your brain will thank you for the much-needed break.
Disprove negative assumptions: If you find that you’re continually chastising yourself for making a mistake, shift your thoughts to positive self-talk. Ask yourself:
• Is this negative thought really true?
• What have I done successfully in the past that disproves these thoughts?
• If someone else did this, would I be as hard on them as I am being on myself?
• Am I thinking the worst? Could there be an alternative explanation?
Put your past behind you: While you should learn from your mistakes, it’s important not to dwell. After making an error, first take break from the situation – clear your head. Upon returning, examine the circumstances, determine what you could have done or not done to avoid an unsatisfactory outcome, and then let it go. Dwelling on a past failure will have a negative effect on future endeavors, so resist the urge to wallow. Instead, ask yourself: “will anyone remember this mistake in a year?”
Past mistakes don’t dictate future behaviors: You may have made a mistake, but remember that just because you made a poor choice one day, does not mean all future choices will result in similar outcomes.
If you’re already thinking, “boy, this optimism thing is going to be a breeze,” congratulations! You’re on the right track already. And if you want to get some positive quotes or “shots of positivity” check out the 5-hour ENERGY ® Facebook Page for inspiration.