Go Deep, Be
Courageous, Emerge a Winner!
Serving the Business and Professional
Community since 1983!
N. Elizabeth Fried, Ph.D.
Keeping a Positive Attitude
an upbeat attitude has a number of advantages in the workplace. Focusing on the
positive aspects of thinking and feeling enable employee and business growth
because people with positive attitudes tend to be resolution focused
problem centered. People who have hope and gratitude typically focus on
their strengths and then capitalize on them. I help clients reframe their
thinking in a positive vein through through my coaching programs for
neuroscience research has
shown us that brain's ability to learn is enhanced in those who maintain a
positive outlook. This includes one's ability to not only listen, but
retain, store and retrieve information.
Tips for Developing a More Positive Attitude Day-to-day
- Listen to internal dialogue: Keep a
journal; use the left hand column for negative thoughts, re-write them in a
positive way on the right-hand column
- Learn to communicate: Not saying
the things we feel can lead to a sense of frustration, hurt, anger or anxiety.
- Get back to basics: Reconnect with
old friends, take the dog for a walk, visit an art gallery or listen to your
favorite music, enjoy a long, relaxing bath, read a great book, tell your
child a story, or ask an older relative to tell you one!
- Help someone out: Pick up groceries
for an aging neighbor, volunteer at your local hospital or read a book to
someone with failing eyesight.
- Find your spirituality: Practice
your beliefs, no matter what they are; either through organized worship, or
simple meditation in a quiet place.
- Allow yourself to be loved: The
ability to love and be loved is the most basic human trait. We, as a society,
have become disconnected from this most basic need - fear-based emotions
(depression, loneliness, guilt and anger are the symptoms). Finding ways to
reconnect with others is extremely helpful in developing a positive attitude.
- Allow yourself to laugh and find humor in
the simplest of things: Laughter is a powerful mood elevator. If you
are feeling down, read some jokes, watch a funny movie or just act "silly"
once in awhile. At times, it is a good thing to let yourself see the world
through a child's eyes
- Participate in new physical and mental
activities to improve confidence levels and coping mechanisms: Building
confidence could be as easy as learning the meanings of new words, learning
about new topics or if you are right-handed using instead your left hand more
frequently (left hand connects with more spiritual, intuitive and creative
right side of the brain).
- Follow the principles of holistic health:
Body, mind and spirit harmonization (better nutrition and exercise help
improve mood and attitude)
- Remember that the mainstream media focuses
on information that leads to fear, negative thoughts and emotion: Find
other more positive things to do with your precious moments.
- Learn to communicate your needs more
effectively: For example, instead of using "no", "don't", "should",
"stop", "good", "bad" and "have", you could instead try expressing your needs
by stating "I need you to...". This peaceful language expresses needs and does
Executive coaching is one path for anyone to consider when trying to overcome hurdles and
hang-ups. We can look at it as a way to expand awareness of the internal and
external roadblocks and speed bumps in the way of reaching your goals by
designing and supporting an environment which reinforces and drives the desired
changes. Do you think the jockey who rode
I'll Have Another maintained a positive attitude? You betcha!