Positive thinking is 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 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 behaviors by triggering matching psychological responses. Research has proved that positive thinking and behavior have a powerful impact on personal performance, confidence, and even health. 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 steps to form the habit of positive thinking to boost your success.
- Deliberately motivate yourself every day
Think of yourself as successful, and expect positive outcomes for everything you attempt.
- Project energy and enthusiasm
Employers hire people who project positive energy and enthusiasm. Develop the habit of speaking, moving, and acting with these qualities.
- Practice this positive mindset until it becomes a habit.
Applicants who project enthusiasm and positive behavior generate positive chemistry that rubs off. Hiring decisions are largely influenced by this positive energy. The habit will help you reach your peak potential
- Dwell on past successes
Focus on past successes to remind yourself of your abilities will help you to attain your goals. It does no good to yourself or your future if you dwell on 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 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 successes, no one is ever born learning how to ride a bicycle or certainly to repair and diagnose computer problems.