How can positive thinking change a perspective
Positive thinking: 10 steps to a new attitude towards life
Those who think positively not only have an easier job, but are generally more satisfied with their life. Unfortunately, worries, fears and doubts often determine our thoughts. Today we are telling you more about the power of positive thinking and how you can use it for yourself in your (professional) everyday life.
1. Germans like to blaspheme a lot - an indication of negative thinking
2. Positive thinking changes the human brain
3. You can learn positive thinking ...
4. ... and we will tell you how: In 10 steps to a new attitude to life!
5. Step 1: Your attitude is the be-all and end-all
6. Step 2: Treat people kindly and respectfully
7. Step 3: Don't compare yourself to others
8. Step 4: Learn to say no
9. Step 5: Enjoy the little things
10. Step 6: Accept what you cannot (no longer) change
11. Step 7: Keep a Success Journal
Step 8: Believe in yourself and pay attention to your needs
13. Step 9: Realize Yourself
14. Step 10: Regard every completed task and interaction as a successful achievement ...
Germans like to blaspheme a lot - an indication of negative thinking
In the meantime, various researches have proven it: A positive attitude is essential for health. But it means a lot more, because optimistic thinking is also helpful when dealing with stress, worries or grief and it also has a positive effect on relationships with our fellow human beings. After all, the right attitude prevents you from rashly judging other people, and it even helps you avoid engaging in gossip or gossiping about others. After all, eleven percent of Germans blaspheme every day ...
You can find more statistics at Statista
... and preferably over neighbors and of course - how could it be otherwise - their colleagues.
You can find more statistics at Statista
But did you know that blasphemy is an unmistakable indication of a negative world of thought? In fact, in reality, fears, doubts or worries increasingly dominate a person's thoughts - and only a fraction of them are positive in nature. Expressed in numbers:
According to scientific studies, people have around 600,000 individual thoughts every day, only three percent of which are positive.
It is incredibly exhausting to be negative, to worry and to be under the motto "What happened if?" to doubt everything or get away from it “Should have” thoughts Let the day spoil - whether at work or in private life. Positive thinking, on the other hand, means living in the present and focusing on the good. Sounds nice? It is - and much more!
Positive thinking changes the human brain
Less blasphemy and a more positive attitude towards life - that not only sounds nice, but according to scientific findings it even has an impact on the brain structure. Scientists are convinced that around one percent of your body's cells are renewed every day. Of course, this also includes your brain cells. This explains why you need around 66 days to break bad habits or develop new (better) ones.
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And it is precisely these “new” brain cells, according to Barbara Fredrickson, that are strongly influenced by emotions. In her study, she divided the test subjects into five groups, to which she then played various videos:
- Group 1 saw videos that brought joy.
- Group 2 saw peaceful and "satisfactory" videos.
- Group 3 saw neutral videos.
- Group 4 saw scary videos and
- Group 5 saw videos which should make them angry.
The test persons were then asked to develop proposals for action and solutions for fictitious problem situations - with clear results: Groups 1 and 2 were able to present significantly more, more creative and practice-oriented solutions than groups 3 to 5. Fredrickson's conclusion is: Positive emotions "widen" the view, make you more open to the various opportunities in life and more creative in problem-solving processes. Simple: They free you from the (negative) tunnel vision of everyday life.
People who think positively,
- see more opportunities
- are more creative,
- have better problem-solving skills,
- are more resilient,
- achieve better results in tests, exams & Co,
- can better understand and classify complex issues,
- are more tolerant,
- appear more trustworthy,
- are socially more popular or more successful,
- see the "big picture" and
- often have more professional (and private) success as a result.
You can learn positive thinking ...
And the good news is, even if you are not gifted with unshakably positive thinking from birth, you can change your negative thoughts and start a new, more positive life. Because positive thinking can be learned. In order to develop a positive attitude and to live it, it is essential that you know your own weaknesses and learn to stand by them - this requires the strength to overcome and self-confidence.
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First of all, it is helpful to analyze your own thoughts: if you write down your thoughts or examine them with the help of notes, you will quickly notice for yourself: only a fraction of them are actually positive. A well-known example from practice: “That wasn't bad.” Why don't we prefer a more positive formulation like “That was good”? The answer is: Negative Beliefs.
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Many people have had a negative attitude since childhood - towards yourself, your life and your future. You think and expect above all bad things and praise yourself is not infrequently a great effort. But just such a positive view of yourself and life as a whole can - as you have already learned - an enormous influence on your well-being, attitude to life and your professional success. Just how does it work?
... and we will tell you how: In 10 steps to a new attitude to life!
Reality is created by our thoughts - and no one has said it would be easy to change. But one thing is certain: Psychological and thought hygiene is of great importance for mental and physical stability and health. Why this is so can be easily explained: How we think determines how we act. Our actions in turn guide our behavior and this ultimately shapes our lives. Or in other words: Your attitude influences how you act and behave - and affect others too.
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Many negative ways of thinking, doubts and worries can be traced back to beliefs or assumptions deeply anchored in you about yourself, about others or situations. Mental techniques can help you change this negative way of thinking and instead develop a fundamentally positive attitude and a new positive world of thoughts.
An example: Your English teacher has probably also marked mistakes with the color red. Even if you made only a few mistakes in an exam, the red markings were clearly visible. So you've learned to focus on the negatives - in this case, your mistakes.
These first experiences in school have now significantly influenced our perspective on (work) results in a performance society: Our focus is always on defects and mistakes instead of successes.
For the majority of us, this continues into everyday work today. Therefore, make yourself aware of your own thoughts: Are you also more negatively influenced? And if so, what can you do about it? We have now put together ten steps for you that will lead you to think more positively:
Step 1: Your attitude is the be-all and end-all
Your attitude is the lens with which you look at reality. It shapes and shapes your everyday life. Take a close look at your inner attitude and answer the following questions honestly: Are you a pessimist? Do you often react with fear or indifference? Do gossip, envious thoughts, ridicule and contemptuous reviews shape your everyday (job) life? If so, you clearly have a negative outlook on life. Think about how your life will change for the better if you change your mindset.
Step 2: Treat people kindly and respectfully
An important aspect of positive thinking is to treat every single person you meet with appreciation and courtesy. Each individual has their own feelings and their own view of life - and these are likely to be different from your feelings and views, but are just as valid and valuable. By the way, those who respect others are also doing something good for their own self-worth.
“We have such a great idea of the human soul that we cannot bear to be despised by it and not stand in its respect; all human happiness consists in this respect. "
This does not only apply to friends or family - especially in your job, be aware of your employees, colleagues, customers, suppliers and clients, but also other people you meet every day: meet them with appreciation and appreciation and look at them not for granted. Often just say "thank you" or formulate a serious compliment - and let yourself be surprised by the joy of these small gestures. After all, joy is the only thing that doubles when you share it!
Step 3: don't compare yourself to others
Avoid comparing yourself to others - whether it is looking down on someone who supposedly has no special skills or looking up at someone who is already more experienced or more accomplished than you. Those who constantly compare themselves with others direct their focus outwards and not (anymore) on what you want to achieve yourself or on your own strengths.
You shouldn't compare your friends, partners or children with others either. If your goal is to make something better, you need to start from within and focus on yourself. The following applies: What others do - or not - only affects the others!
Step 4: learn to say no
Think “No! Not with me! ”When someone wants to demean you or is about to overstep your limits. You determine your own worth. It is not possible for anyone to change your intrinsic worth - unless you allow it. Make it clear to others that they cannot be disrespectful to you. Keep your limits and look ahead!
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On the other hand, you should of course also respect your counterpart and never exceed their limits. Everyone has a bad day, feels insecure, or is stuck - but you should never use this as an excuse for wasting other people's time or breaking their limits. This is an important rule, especially in the workplace.
Step 5: Enjoy the little things
Whether it's a smile from a customer or a colleague, a compliment for a business idea, or a recognition of your performance: rejoice and admit that you have done a good job.
Step 6: Accept what you cannot (no longer) change
This applies in particular to what has happened in the past and is related to statements such as "I shouldn't have ...!" or "If I weren't ..." to avoid. Accept it: you have or you were! There are some things that can no longer be changed and the thoughts of them only cause worry or grief. Live in the now and develop a certain serenity towards the past as well as the future.
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Step 7: keep a success journal
From now on, focus on your successes in life and every little joy. Start a success diary and write down several times a day or simply in the evening before bed, what you were happy about today, what successes you have recorded, what challenges you have mastered and what compliments you have received.
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Step 8: Believe in yourself and be mindful of your needs
Your instincts and your inner voice are the buzzwords here - follow them and show the world your skills. In order to guarantee your inner balance, which, by the way, is the basis for personal success, you should always react quickly to your emotional, physical, spiritual and spiritual needs.
Step 9: know yourself
Become aware of your own (psychological) abilities, possibilities and realities - it is about self-knowledge: It enables you to judge characteristics, values, powers and your personal (life) attitude and it is ultimately the key to self-realization and positive thinking!
Step 10: Regard every completed task and interaction as an achievement ...
... and don't belittle them as part of your (work) day. Over time, you will become increasingly aware of your personal impact on others and the benefits others gain from it. At the same time, you will attract the attention of those around you: They will notice how well you do your job and sincerely appreciate you. And finally, your positive demeanor will be contagious.
How have you changed your thinking from negative to positive? And what consequences did this have for your (professional) life? Share your very own story with us in the comments!
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