The power of positive thinking is an amazing thing.
Sure, you probably knew that already. You probably also knew that it can be applied to almost all aspect of life.
But, did you know that if you’re an entrepreneur, it can be one of the highest contributing factors between success and failure?
You may have sat down and watched some of the abundance of motivational videos floating around on the internet from successful business people. While many of these make for great viewing, let’s be honest here, how often have you walked away and put what is suggested into actual positive practice?
Perhaps, instead you simply hoped that some of their knowledge and good fortune would rub off on you? Somehow?
Or… maybe it’s time to take a look at these a little differently. What if instead of looking at what they do (or did), you instead look at how they did it, and what mindset they approached it in.
While I’m not saying that every single successful entrepreneur is a super positive person, one thing is for sure that it’s highly unlikely that any of them achieved their success with anything less than a “can do” attitude.
So, can the power of positive thinking really be the key to success? Yep, you bet it can.
Positive thinking solves problems.
There is loads of research out there that proves that positive thinking helps problem solving – a key attribute of just about every great entrepreneur. Those with positive thoughts have a greater capacity to take on board new information, which improves their perspective and ability to ‘connect the dots’, which in turn enables them to tackle any problems and obstacles that may arise with the right attitude.
Positive thinkers have more energy.
Whether you have the tendency to frame things in a positive or negative light, it can greatly affect your energy levels. Just think about how much more energy you have for things that you enjoy doing. It’s almost like tapping into additional energy storage.
Having said that, low levels of negative energy is also not always a bad thing, as these people can be more calm and relaxed, and better prepared to make calm and well thought out decisions.
Positivity builds resilience.
Very few entrepreneurs make it big with their first idea or business venture. A long list of failures and mistakes generally goes with the territory. The good news out of this is that studies have shown that positivity can help you become more resilient.
What’s more, those with a well-practiced sense of self generating positive emotions can speed up the recovery from negative emotions, see the positives out of any situation, and quickly start moving forward again.
Positive thinking improves decision making.
It may seem obvious, but if you’re in a negative frame of mind, you are less likely to make decisions that have a positive impact.
From an entrepreneurs’ perspective, negative thinking in a negative mood can quite easily lead to decisions which may well have a long-term detrimental effect on their venture.
Positivity is infectious.
Positive thinking entrepreneurs who have direct contact with their customers are more likely to persuade a (potential) customer to try their new product or service. That is because positivity is contagious.
Some say this is due to the release of chemicals into the recipient’s bloodstream, while others think of it more an unconscious desire to replicate the positive energy we sense in someone we are interacting with.
Something to keep in mind here is that negative words and actions can also be just as infectious and have a very powerful effect here, just in the opposite way.
Positive thinking is nothing without positive action.
Much of the above may be old news to you. You may think you’ve heard it all before, and you are already a positive thinker.
Just remember this. Positive thinking (or daydreaming) on its own is going to be ineffective. It’s time to start acting positively as well as just thinking positive thoughts.
Now, get to work!
Author: Cameron McIver