Focus on the positive
You never regret time spent exercising. After a good workout, you feel happier, more satisfied and healthier. Same goes for any activity or hobby that allows you to recharge.
Why not apply a similarly uplifting workout to your daily work routine? Paralympic medalist Bonnie St. John encourages those in the business world to do just that. She calls it the Ã¢ÂÂoptimism workout.Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂOptimism has been shown to be a key ingredient in why certain athletes can win and also why entrepreneurs win. Pessimists are more often right, but optimists are more often successful,Ã¢ÂÂ she said in a video posted on Inc.com.
St. John says that when we are able to generate positive feelings throughout our day, we are:
- more open to creative ideas;
- able to adapt and innovate faster; and
- accept feedback better from others.
She suggests keeping a gratefulness journal or even sharing out loud with others your reasons to be thankful. Her ideas are worth a try. Also, here are some other helpful tips on practicing optimistic leadership.
Does working out your Ã¢ÂÂoptimism musclesÃ¢ÂÂ fit into your work schedule?
Speaking of schedules, I hope youÃ¢ÂÂll be able to carve out some time in yours to attend NAFCUÃ¢ÂÂs CEOs and Senior Executive Conference in April. Early-bird registration ends Feb. 7. This conference will be chock-full of ideas you can use to help grow income Ã¢ÂÂ a positive for any business.