4 Powerful Ways Effective Leaders Can Stay Positive
Always stay positive at all times because a positive attitude can go long way. It’s hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive when positivity seems like nothing more than wishful thinking. The key isn’t to become perpetually optimistic. You don’t have to. Instead, learning to think positively in the face of adversity–when times really get tough–is both the more useful and more achievable approach when it comes to success.
Maintaining positivity is a daily challenge that requires focus and attention. You have to be intentional about staying positive if you’re going to overcome the brain’s tendency to focus on threats. Staying positive is a choice. You have to choose to stay positive or be negative.
Here are a few things the most successful people do in order to stay positive.
Learn a new skill
I can categorically tell you that learning a new skill will help you feel inspired. And it also helps boost your resumé. Attending a networking event/conference is another way of learning new skills. You don’t even have to shell out money – see what skills you can learn within the responsibilities you already have. Of course there are many courses online and some offer these courses for free. Learn as much as you can from every work experience you have, from presenting during a meeting to giving a tour of your workplace to outsiders. When you’ve mastered this skill, teach it to others. You’ll reinforce your knowledge and feel great helping others at the same time.
Believe in yourself
There are no perfect human beings in business. Every successful leader, entrepreneur, business owner, etc, have risen from one failure to another. Their major get-back-up factor, is “Believe”. They believe in themselves and in their abilities to get things back to normal. Positive-minded people know that they need to take risks and push their boundaries, which courts failure. Still, they approach new challenges with the belief that either they’ll succeed or take something useful from a potential stumble that will help them do better next time.
Smile when you communicate. Don’t throw a hazy face when someone asks or seeks your counsel. Leave people better than you met them. Smile when you walk down the hall. Smile even when you don’t want to smile, and see how much it improves your days! Smiling even if you don’t feel happy will make you feel better, and seeing a smile on your face will make others feel better, too!
Set achievable goals
Instead of setting your sights on the moon, set realist goals. It’s good to have dreams, but if you dream too big and don’t make it, you might be discouraged when it comes to accomplishing other goals.Setting goals improves your mood because everybody likes taking control of their own life. What do you want to accomplish today? This week? In the next year? Figure out attainable short and long-term goals, then create a step-by-step plan to complete them. You’ll find new purpose in each workday and could even set yourself up for a raise at year’s end by showing your boss exactly what you’ve accomplished.
I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu