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Turn to the Bright Side: 10 Ways to Encourage Post-Incident Positive Thinking

Turn to the Bright Side: 10 Ways to Encourage Post-Incident Positive Thinking

Face it, “Negative Ned and Nancy,” you’ve been bitten by the negativity bug and you’re infected. Maybe an incident at work has knocked you down or things have been brewing for a while. No matter the circumstance, your negative thoughts have taken a turn for the worse and now it’s developed into a habit that you just can’t break.

Don’t worry, the cure is out there! Like negative thoughts, a positive outlook can be just as contagious, but contains even more power when it comes to channeling your happiness. Start harnessing your positivity today by following 10 easy ways to kick the negativity bug.

1. Start Your Day on the Right Foot

Literally, begin by waking up on the ‘right’ side of the bed. You can leave a note on your bedside with encouraging words that say, “You will do great things today.” Also, customize your wake-up alarm to an uplifting or upbeat song. This will instantly change your attitude about waking up. Then, make sure you eat a good breakfast to jump-start your metabolism and give you energy to face the day.

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2. Whistle While You Work

Snow White and her seven dwarfs had something right when they whistled while they worked. Humming and singing a happy tune can help you expel negative energy and calm your nerves and anxiety. Think of this as a small escape from what’s bothering you, and travel to your ‘happy place.’ Releasing your negative energy through humming can reinforce positive thinking.

3. Smile More, Whine Less

The common cliché about it taking fewer muscles to smile than frown is not necessarily true; however, smiling is more effortless. A simple grin can break your cycle of negativity. So, whining may get you instant gratification, but that can be short-lived. Consider changing your outlook for the better and try to see the silver lining in things.

4. Keep Things in Line with Checks and Balances

Stop becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy and think positive. Continue to build your own self-talk by exercising what you think and say about yourself. Instead of saying, “I can’t do anything right,” try, “I will do the best that I can in this moment.” A little positive spin or words of empowerment can build your confidence and help you face your challenges.

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5. Catch the Positivity Bug

Let loose and laugh by surrounding yourself with positive people. Venting is okay in some respects, but too much complaining and gossip will leave you feeling empty and dissatisfied. Break the pattern and find optimistic people to seek advice or to get your mind off things for a while.

6. Exercise Philanthropy

Ebenezer Scrooge found one of his greatest rewards in giving on Christmas Day in A Christmas Carol. In giving to others, you’ll find intrinsic and extrinsic rewards that will leave you with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Know the impact of helping others and make a difference in someone’s life. You can demonstrate a small act of kindness, like making copies for a co-worker, or pay it forward and buy someone’s lunch. Great or small, kindness counts.

7. Know Your Assets

Putting your thoughts on paper can be great medicine for fighting your negativity. Write down things in your life that are going well or make a list of your strengths. Showing yourself all the positives will put you in a lighter mood.

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8. Inspire Action

Simply stated, set goals for you to think about your life and happiness. Start small with something you can achieve in a day and smile when you accomplish your goal. Then, make larger goals to continually strive to achieve. Keep yourself focused on bettering your life.

9. Rekindle Your Passion

Work is not just about monetary gain. Often times it is a calling, a passion that drives us to work and help others. Remind yourself why you are working and how you can positively impact others. Channel your passion and find something about your job that you love. This will help you boost your self-confidence in your abilities.

10. Above All, Love Yourself

When you are under pressure and life is stressful, always take care of yourself and be responsible for your own personal happiness and well-being. Consider your basic needs, such as healthy eating and sleep. Be kind to yourself and practice daily self-care routines to keep positive and productive.

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No matter what tough situation you face, don’t forget to practice these techniques to induce positive thinking. Remember to love yourself and all that you have going for you. You’ll break the habit of negative thinking and feel more refreshed and confident, ready to face whatever challenges may arise next.

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Last Updated on November 26, 2020

How Relationships Building Helps Achieve Career Success

How Relationships Building Helps Achieve Career Success

As playwright Wilson Mizner supposedly said all the way back in the 1930s,

“Be kind to everyone on the way up; you will meet the same people on the way down.”

The adage is the perfect prototype for relationship building in 2020, although we may want to expand Mizner’s definition of “kind” to include being helpful, respectful, grateful, and above all, crediting your colleagues along the way.

5 Ways to Switch on Your Relationship Building Magnetism

Relationship building does not come easily to all. Today’s computer culture makes us more insular and less likely to reach out—not to mention our new work-from-home situation in which we are only able to interact virtually. Still, relationship building remains an important part of career engagement and success, and it gets better with practice.

Here are five ways you can strengthen your relationships:

1. Advocate for Other’s Ideas

Take the initiative to speak up in support of other team members’ good ideas. Doing so lets others know that the team’s success takes precedence over your needs for personal success. Get behind any colleague’s innovative approach or clever solution and offer whatever help you can give to see it through. Teammates will value your vote of confidence and your support.

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2. Show Compassion

If you learn that someone whom you work with has encountered difficult times, reach out. If it’s not someone you know well, a hand-written card expressing your sympathy and hopes for better times ahead could be an initial gesture. If it’s someone with whom you interact regularly, the act could involve offering to take on some of the person’s work to provide a needed reprieve or even bringing in a home-cooked dish as a way to offer comfort. The show of compassion will not go unnoticed, and your relationship building will have found a foothold.

3. Communicate Regularly

Make an effort to share any information with team members that will help them do their jobs more effectively. Keeping people in the loop says a lot about your consideration for what others need to deliver their best results.

Try to discover the preferred mode of communication for each team member. Some people are fine relying on emails; others like to have a phone conversation. And once we can finally return to working together in offices, you may determine that face-to-face updates may be most advantageous for some members.

4. Ask for Feedback

Showing your willingness to reach out for advice and guidance will make a positive impression on your boss. When you make it clear that you welcome and can accept pointers, you display candor and trust in what opinions your superior has to offer. Your proclivity towards considering ways of improving your performance and strengthening any working interactions will signal your strong relationship skills.

If you are in a work environment where you are asked to give feedback, be generous and compassionate. That does not mean being wishy-washy. Try always to give the type of feedback that you wouldn’t mind receiving.

5. Give Credit Where It’s Due

Be the worker who remembers to credit staffers with their contributions. It’s a surprisingly rare talent to credit others, but when you do so, they will remember to credit you, and the collective credit your team will accrue will be well worth the effort.

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How Does Relationship Building Build Careers?

Once you have strengthened and deepened your relationships, here are some of the great benefits:

Work Doesn’t Feel So Much Like Work

According to a Gallup poll, when you have a best friend at work, you are more likely to feel engaged with your job. Work is more fun when you have positive, productive relationships with your colleagues. Instead of spending time and energy overcoming difficult personalities, you can spend time enjoying the camaraderie with colleagues as you work congenially on projects together. When your coworkers are your friends, time goes by quickly and challenges don’t weigh as heavily.

You Can Find Good Help

It’s easier to ask for assistance when you have a good working relationship with a colleague. And with office tasks changing at the speed of technology, chances are that you are going to need some help acclimating—especially now that work has gone remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Much of relationship building rests on your genuine expressions of appreciation toward others. Showing gratitude for another’s help or for their willingness to put in the extra effort will let them know you value them.

Mentors Come Out of the Woodwork

Mentors are proven to advance your professional and career development. A mentor can help you navigate how to approach your work and keep you apprised of industry trends. They have a plethora of experience to draw from that can be invaluable when advising you on achieving career success and advancement.

Mentors flock to those who are skilled at relationship building. So, work on your relationships and keep your eyes peeled for a worthy mentor.

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You Pull Together as a Team

Great teamwork starts with having an “abundance mentality” rather than a scarcity mentality. Too often, workers view all projects through a scarcity mentality lens. This leads to office strife as coworkers compete for their piece of the pie. But in an abundance mentality mode, you focus on the strengths that others bring rather than the possibility that they are potential competitors.

Instead, you can commit relationship building efforts to ensure a positive work environment rather than an adversarial one. When you let others know that you intend to support their efforts and contribute to their success, they will respond in kind. Go, team!

Your Network Expands and So Does Your Paycheck

Expand your relationship building scope beyond your coworkers to include customers, suppliers, and other industry stakeholders. Your extra efforts can lead to extra sales, a more rewarding career, and even speedy professional advancement. And don’t overlook the importance of building warm relationships with assistants, receptionists, or even interns.

Take care to build bridges, not just to your boss and your boss’s boss but with those that work under you as well. You may find that someone who you wouldn’t expect will put in a good word for you with your supervisor.

Building and maintaining good working relationships with everyone you come in contact with can pay off in unforeseen ways. You never know when that underling will turn out to be the company’s “golden child.” Six years from now you may be turning to them for a job. If you have built up a good, trusting work relationship with others along your way, you will more likely be considered for positions that any of these people may be looking to fill.

Your Job Won’t Stress You Out

Study shows that some 83 percent of American workers experience work-related stress.[1] Granted, some of that stress is now likely caused by the new pandemic-triggered workplace adjustments, yet bosses and management, in general, are reportedly the predominant source of stress for more than one-third of workers.

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Having meaningful connections among coworkers is the best way to make work less stressful. Whether it is having others whom to commiserate with, bounce ideas off, or bring out your best performance, friendships strengthen the group’s esprit de corps and lower the stress level of your job.

Your Career Shines Bright

Who would you feel better about approaching to provide a recommendation or ask for promotion: a cold, aloof boss with whom you have only an impersonal relationship or one that knows you as a person and with whom you have built a warm, trusting relationship?

Your career advancement will always excel when you have a mutual bond of friendship and appreciation with those who can recommend you. Consider the plug you could receive from a supervisor who knows you as a friend versus one who remains detached and only notices you in terms of your ability to meet deadlines or attain goals.

When people fully know your skills, strengths, personality, and aspirations, you have promoters who will sing your praises with any opportunity for advancement.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, it is “who you know” not “what you know.” When you build relationships, you build a pipeline of colleagues, work partners, team members, current bosses, and former bosses who want to help you—who want to see you succeed.

At its core, every business is a people business. Making a point to take the small but meaningful actions that build the foundation of a good relationship can be instrumental in cultivating better relationships at work.

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Reference

[1] The American Institute of Stress: 42 Worrying Workplace Stress Statistics

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