Being Positive This Monday
Being positive is never easy and is always a “work in progress”, something to be constantly worked upon.
Try using the following pointers to get more positivity into your life:
- Being cheerful: this may be a big challenge, but this is down to you to deliver. Whatever the issues and pressures that you are facing, colleagues do not like working with other colleagues who are outwardly unhappy with their working environment.
- Be a positive communicator: look for the positives in both the style of communication you use and the content. Again, colleagues are drawn to those who communicate openly and with care, rather than those who focus on the negatives and use language in a way that does not inspire the recipient.
- Accentuate the positive: focus on the good points of the work that you do, the benefits it brings you and the positive outcomes of meeting objectives. There will be challenges and difficult times – no job is perfect and even the most successful managers have periods when things do not go to plan – but this is no excuse for not having an upbeat outlook.
- Use positive words to outline plans to others: you will never inspire anyone around you with words that do not have an optimistic and forward-looking feel. Try to use words that are evaluative so that you are communicating a clear and positive message.
- Practice positivity: even if you are given difficult or challenging jobs, try to identify and then focus upon the parts that are interesting and which will give you some development opportunities and the chance to add to your CV and experience.
- Develop an “I Can” attitude: ALWAYS believe in your skills and abilities.
- Open up lines of communication: look to see who you can connect with, both inside your workplace and outside in the wider operational world. The more contacts you have, the broader and deeper your network, the more knowledge you will gain and the more effective you become.
- Always play fair: if you are fair and reasonable with the people you are working with, the better those working relationships will be.
- Match your skill to the task at hand: know what you are good at, what you can just about do at a push and, most importantly, what you are not good at. If your work falls into the area that you are not good at you will need a plan to get help to reduce the stress that will create. See the points above about communication and networking.
- Encourage your team to work things out for themselves: if a major cause of your demotivation is around the amount of time that you spend solving problems for staff who should be solving their own problems, spend some time explaining what you are expecting and how they can be more effective and efficient.
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