Positive thinking is a belief that positive thoughts can bring good luck. Positive thinking opens you up to positive things. Positive thinkers may not be realistic, according to some. Even if every day isn’t perfect, they focus on the good parts. Positive thinking can also help you attract like-minded people and encourage you to achieve your goals.
Positive thinking is something that most people associate with self-help books. I know that I do.
Positive thinking is a positive way to live your life. Positive thinking can lower stress levels and improve physical and emotional well-being. It also provides healthy coping strategies and prolongs life expectancy.
Let’s dive deeper. Although all of this sounds great on paper, it is important to see the tangible benefits that positive thinking can have for your business. Here are some benefits to consider:
- Positive thinking is a key ingredient in problem-solving.
No matter if you are a new entrepreneur or an experienced businessman, it doesn’t really matter what stage of your career you’re at. Positive thinking has been scientifically shown to increase problem solving. Positive thinking opens your mind to new possibilities. It also gives your brain the ability to absorb new information and create new ideas.
It’s like this: When our mind and bodies are stressed, sad, anxious, angry, or both (negative thinking), they want to shut down. Why? Your body is trying to defend itself against threats from the outside. To survive, your body will conserve energy by shutting down.
Positive thinking makes our brain feel safe and allows it to absorb new information. This makes us more creative and more likely “connect the dots” when solving a business problem. Positive thinking doesn’t have to be just happy talk. It can help us succeed in business.
- Positive thinking is a key to building resilience.
No matter if you are a mom-and pop shop owner or a business owner scaling up to a larger scale, there will be ups as well as downs along your journey. There has never been a single business that was successful in its history.
When things get difficult, many entrepreneurs and business owners become demotivated. It could be an economic downturn, or a supply chain crisis such as the one we are currently facing.
Positive thinking is known to speed up the release of negative emotions. What does this mean? This means you are more resilient. While business challenges are always difficult, how you deal with them and adapt to changing times will determine your company’s future.
Every business owner and entrepreneur has made mistakes. Only entrepreneurs and businesspeople with positive thinking can keep a record of their successes. Positive thinking is the key to this resilience.
- Positive thinking can give you more energy.
Ever wonder how billionaires such as Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerburg manage to survive on only a few hours sleep each night? It is likely that positive thinking plays a part.
Positive thinking does not mean that you will sleep more. It does however give you more energy.
It’s simple: If you are excited about the future opportunities for your business, you will be more likely to act to make them a reality. This is what science calls “dispositional effect”.
Negative thinking can lead to stress which in turn consumes energy and causes burnout.
All of this information is great, but there is one thing you must know: Positive thinking can’t be taken seriously unless it’s backed up by action.
You can’t just “think” your ways out of a situation. You must take concrete steps. This raises the question: How can positive thinking be used in business?
How to harness the power of positive thinking for business
Start with positivity. Although it may not seem like much, our mood can have ripple effect throughout the day.
Positive thinking is a habit that you can maintain. Celebrate every success. You don’t have to be proud of your own achievements. Celebrate the successes of your partners, employees, and board members, as well as the business itself.
Celebrating success helps create a better work environment which results in happier, more fulfilled employees.
If you begin to think about the future for your business, it is time to let that optimism inspire you to dream big. Dreaming big is not enough. To help you realize your dream, create a plan.
This is exactly what we do at Exceptional Services Agency. We assist small and medium-sized businesses in developing an action-based plan that will allow them to scale up and grow.
Positive thinking is key, but action must follow up.
For example, strategic planning and lean process improvements are two ways to make your business goals a reality. We would love to hear more about your business goals.