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What if there was a way to expand your mind to see greater opportunities?

When people think of having a positive attitude, they tend to think of keeping a smile on their faces and thinking only positive thoughts. But it’s more than that.

Staying positive in the face of adversity, is a valuable skill. When things go well, it is easy to stay positive, but when everything seems like an uphill battle, it can be emotionally and physically draining, dampening one’s spirit and their efficiency.

If you add the Covid-19 factor in, staying positive can sometimes feel like an absolute struggle.

Having a positive attitude will change how people see you. Being negative all the time can rub off on everyone else. Why be the person who drags everyone down, when you can be the beacon of light for your co-workers and lift everyone’s spirits?

Or to put it another way:  Would you like to be surrounded by colleagues with negative mentalities who look at their lives and their positions with disdain? Or would you like to be around those working towards success, and growing from their disappointments?”

Give it a thought.

As the Dalai Lama said, “In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.” When you fill your mind with positive thoughts, you will be able to reflect that out on other people and your surroundings.

Preaching positivity is easy but embodying it is more challenging. Start by creating self-awareness: understand what triggers your negative thoughts. Once you figure that out you’ll be better able to have a positive attitude.

Studies tell that showing a positive attitude is all about your demeanour.

It’s human to give more thought to the negative things in our lives and less focus on the good things. We are surrounded by negativity and our brain is hardwired to direct our focus to the negative thoughts.

One way to increase positivity could be to avoid complaining.

If you think there are a lot of changes happening that at your workplace, don’t just resort to speaking negatively about what’s going on. Don’t just look at how it might affect you adversely.

Consider change, even if it involves challenges, to be something worth being thankful for that prompts development and accomplishment for the business as well as for you personally.

At the end of the day, as we say in our LMI programs, positivity is the slight edge that separates good performance from great performance. It can be a self-fulling prophecy.

Remember this – there is opportunity in the biggest challenges – the opportunity to get better. And that, in the end, is an essential part of the human experience: the chance for self-development.

And looking at what we can control, our silver linings – that is what will help us see opportunities instead of problems.