The power of positivity in your life and career

Linda Le Phan

You’ve probably heard of the idea of being a “glass half-full” or “glass half-empty” person before. Maybe more than once. But did you know that you have control over which category you fall into? And that subsequently, the category you choose drives outcomes in your life?

It’s true; having a consistently positive outlook on life and thinking positively actually improves your health AND makes it more likely that positive things happen to you.

That might sound hard to believe, especially if you haven’t had a lot of good luck at home, work, or on the job hunt, but it’s the truth.

Here are some common examples of how the power of positivity works out:

Positive thinking at home

Picture the last time your spouse or child or roommate left dirty laundry on the floor…inches from the hamper.

Now think about how your train of thought impacts the outcome for you.

 

You can choose these thoughts: 

He has no respect for me!

Does she think I have nothing better to do than clean up after her?

He has no idea what I do in a day!

She’s taking me for granted. 

He does this just to make me mad, I know it!

 

OR you can choose these thoughts: 

He trusts me to keep the house and keep the peace. 

These creative people – they sure march to the beat of their own drum!

We’re both organized in different ways. Maybe he just needs a reminder…

He’s probably had a really tough week.

I appreciate that she works long days so it’s my pleasure to handle these little things. 

What a great opportunity to show my partnership!

 

The thoughts you choose in these at-home and personal life scenarios drive your behavior and then the outcome. Negative thoughts can lead to hurt feelings, arguments, broken friendships, and conflict, while positive thoughts can redirect the outcome to improved relationships and improved sense of self-worth.

Positive thinking at work

Positivity is crucial for longevity and satisfaction at work. Without a doubt, you’re going to work alongside people who are very different from you and even difficult to get along with.

People who make mistakes.

People who aren’t always the best versions of themselves.

And in order to keep loving what you do, you’re going to have to assume the best about them (even when they’re at their worst) and forgive them – every single day.

Here are some examples:

  • When you say good morning to a coworker, and they don’t return the greeting, assume they have a lot of minds rather than assuming they’re ignoring you.
  • When someone annoys you with a “dumb question”, assume that they just want to be certain they’re doing the right thing and that they trust your judgment.
  • When you get an email that’s a little too direct and to-the-point, assume your coworker values your time and not that he or she is frustrated with you.
  • When you receive constructive feedback, assume the person who shared it wants to be successful.

Letting every little annoying or upsetting thing get to you at work, such as these examples, will only bring YOU down, so do yourself a favor and just let it go. Re-focus yourself on the positive and your work-life will be that much more enjoyable day-to-day.

Positive thinking on the job hunt

Out of all the things you might have to do in life, searching for a job ranks high on things that causes stress and negative thoughts. After all, the job hunt typically brings on a rollercoaster of emotions that feels endless at times! But that’s all the more reason to practice positive thinking to keep your sanity amongst it all.

Here’s a promising story about how positive thinking saved one person’s job search: one kununu user recalls how positive thinking impacted her first interview after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in the field:

“I made it clear on my resume that I was a new graduate, but one interview question after another seemed to highlight my inexperience. ‘Tell us about a time you streamlined operations,’ they asked. And, ‘Give us three examples of metrics you impacted through innovation and critical thinking in a recent role.’

“I started to become discouraged, but then I thought ‘I can do this’…and I did! I relied on my technical education and all of the hypothetical situations my degree program had taken me through and shared with the team what steps I took in those scenarios to achieve directives and impact outcomes.

“Two days later, I received the job offer. I feel confident that more qualified candidates than I had applied and interviewed for the job, but my ability to change my own perspective from negative (why was I even invited to interview if I’m not qualified?) to positive (I am qualified! I can do this!) transformed the interviewers’ opinions of my preparedness and fit.”

This user’s story isn’t unique – believing that you add value is critical to landing a coveted position, and more positivity in all areas of your life will only do your overall health and happiness good.

 

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Linda Le Phan is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at kununu US, a place where job seekers can get an authentic view of life at a company and where employers have a trusted platform to better engage talent. When she’s not creating content about the modern workplace, company culture, and life & work hacks, she is probably going out to get an iced coffee (even in Boston winter), raiding the snack drawer, or jamming to kununu’s Spotify playlist.

 

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