What to do when negativity catches you unawares
We all have an Achilles heel. Sadly, negativity can take us unawares. Negativity is productivity cancer. Heavy words but, in truth, it can hugely hinder success. It saps your energy and the team’s. It’s deadweight in all your dealings with customers. And if you never want to have a great idea again, negativity’s the way to do it. But by being mindful of negative thoughts, we can change our thinking and prevent the effect it has on how we operate.
Here are some of the biggest hindrances to our thought patterns.
Lack of opportunity
Good things come to those who wait. Oh wait, no they don’t. We’re all hoping for life to dish us up a serving of goodness on a shiny silver platter. But if you think like this, you’ll be waiting a long time. The world is far more competitive these days. Opportunities need to be sought out. Make your opportunity by going and looking for it and don’t be disheartened when others are rewarded before you. Chances are, they got what they were looking for.
Blaming someone else
It’s so easy to point fingers and play the blame game but it doesn’t get you anywhere. By admitting and learning from our own botched attempts, we grow. Most successful people have failed numerous times, scraped themselves up and carried on. Embrace failure by seeing it as a hurdle to overcome; one that only gets you closer to your goal.
Lack of Time
Everyone has the same amount of hours in a day: those who are successful and those who are not. There is plenty of time; you just need to use it wisely. If you have trouble managing time, look at ways to improve this. Make a list, prioritise tasks and see where the pitfalls lie. Good time management comes with practice and can filter through to all areas of your day-to-day life.
What’s in it for me?
Initially, you may not see the benefits of doing what seem like menial tasks. But a positive outlook and can-do attitude will take you further. Don’t think about what’s in it for you and what you’ll get out of it. That will come. Get stuck in and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.
At the end of the day, negative attitudes often mask a lack of energy to ‘just do it’. At worst, they can be just plain old excuses. You can change the way your day’s going and increase your success by being aware of and avoiding negativity – both in your career and personal life. Try it and see.
Practise these simple tricks, if you catch yourself in a negative mind set:
- Reframe immediately as a positive statement. Is there a ‘glass half full’ rather than a ‘glass half empty’ way to say it?
- Get up and walk briskly. To the photocopier or the tea room, doesn’t matter where. Just distance yourself from the negative thought, even for a moment or two. If you can schedule a walk around the block to go for lunch or get a coffee, a little fresh air might do the trick
- Smile – If that sounds corny, just try it, OK? ‘Fake it till you make it’, at least long enough till you get a grip on your thoughts
- Wallpaper it – Think of a phrase from your favourite happy song – or whistle or hum, or plug in those ear buds, so as not to get on your colleagues’ nerves. After all, negative thoughts are just a habit; they don’t necessarily have anything to do with anything. If pop psychology fails try pop music