At one time or the other, everyone has been told to be positive. We understand that positivity isn’t as easy as it sounds. It is easy to get cynical when someone tells you to be positive. It is easy to think that it isn’t possible to be as positive as a motivational speaker or your old high school football coach. Still, investing in becoming a more positive person can directly impact your career. Positive people are more likely to bounce back from setbacks and are more likely to fight through adversity and stressful situations. Your attitude is one thing that you can control in a world of things that you can’t directly influence. No work environment or relationship in your life is going to be perfect, but if you bring a positive attitude, you can overcome almost anything.
1. Negativity constrains you while positivity repairs, renews, and builds
Have you ever felt emotionally drained around a negative person? It is sort of like that person just saps the energy right out of the room right? Negativity is limiting, and negative energy constrains what you believe that you can accomplish. Positive energy does the opposite. It empowers you, renews you, and builds on what you believe that you can do. That’s why people with positive attitudes accomplish their goals more often. That’s especially important in a work environment.
2. It helps you become more resilient
Let’s face it—Unexpected & bad things are going to happen to everyone in life. You might lose your job. Your girlfriend might break up with you. You might have a large unexpected bill. All of those things can be immensely stressful and difficult to deal with. In the workplace, stressful situations aren’t uncommon, especially in high pressure situations or when a large amount of work needs to get done. Being positive helps you to be resilient in the face of adversity and helps you to bounce back when things don’t go your way. That can be the difference between a successful project and a failed one.
3. Helps you leave a greater impact on your colleagues
We are naturally drawn to positive people. We don’t want our leaders to be negative energy drainers. We want them to be positive people that give us good energy and make us believe that we can achieve our goals. Being a positive person will help you to engage better with your colleagues and better influence them to improve their performance at work.