Friday, February 21, 2014

Stay Positive for Success

How to Create a Positive Environment in Both Your Professional and Personal Life

stacy oquinn, dani johnson

Being successful both at home and in the office is something that many people strive for – but success is not just measured by a yearly salary or other numerical value. Being successful encompasses a lot of different aspects including relationships, outlook, and personal perception. One of the building blocks for success in these areas is positivity. Here we will discuss the ways to create a positive environment in which to breed both professional and personal successes.

Creating Positive Relationships

Relationships are probably the most important element in all of our lives, and success does not only hinge on our professional relationships. Having a good relationship with our spouses and family members is just as important as having a good relationship with our peers and supervisors at work. So, what is the secret to building positive relationships with all the people in our lives? The answer is simple – engage people in conversation, voice needs and wants appropriately and truly listen to others. Everyone wants to be heard, and having the ability to truly listen to and understand their needs and wants will make a huge impact on them.

Develop a Positive Outlook

Even though relationships with others are important, so is your personal outlook on life. If doom and gloom is all that is thought about when discussing the future, than that is what the future will be. Now, this is not to say that everyone should think life is all rainbows and butterflies, but constantly getting down on life and not having a positive outlook is no way to move through life. When you have a positive outlook on the present and the future, you are more willing to strive for success and make the most of relationships. A positive outlook can also motivate people to do more or do better, which ultimately leads to many professional and personal successes.

Perceive Yourself Positively

Creating positive relationships and having a positive outlook are two ways people can change how they are perceived by others – but what how a person perceives themselves? Self-perception is also very important in reaching personal and professional goals and can easily hinge on the people around a specific person. Individuals who have a negative self-perception more often than not have people around them influencing that feeling. This may not be direct, such as calling someone lazy or unmotivated, but can be indirect by unknowingly modeling others behaviors. In order to gain a positive outlook, surround yourself with like-minded, optimistic people.

When striving for success, it is easy to become disappointed when we do not achieve our goals right away. Instead of allowing the negativity to take over, it is important to keep in mind that positivity is one of the many keys to success. By creating strong relationships, having a positive outlook and surrounding yourself with like-minded, encouraging people it can be much easier to take life’s hurdles in stride and keep moving toward the overall goal of personal and professional success.

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