Tip of the Week – Promoting Positive Thought Patterns in the Workplace

An average person spends a third of their life at work – that’s 90,000 hours over a lifetime. Dedicating that much time at one place means that the level of job satisfaction we derive from work majorly contributes to our quality of life. Factors like pay, job security and the passion we have for it play huge roles in determining our level of job satisfaction. Even more significantly, our workplace culture is a pivotal difference between enjoyment and discontentment. Positive thought makes you more productive.

When people of diverse backgrounds are brought together, a unique set of shared values emerges to form the workplace culture. This workplace culture is largely built upon by a few individuals – the leaders. However, this does not mean the rest of us have no bearing on the corporate climate. After all, the workplace culture should be a collective reflection of every single individual in the organization.

As seemingly minute individual inhabitants in a vast corporate jungle, what can we do to contribute to a positive workplace culture? Let’s start by working on ourselves and promoting positive thought patterns in the workplace.

Assume Responsibility, But Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

No one can guarantee that work will always be smooth sailing. There are bound to be mistakes made along the way. When faced with the consequences of an error, the stress that arises might push some into adopting a victim mentality as a defense mechanism. Those who possess this mindset believe that the world is against them, avoiding all responsibility for blunders made.

 However, bear in mind that we have control over ourselves – our actions, reactions, and feelings. Be it a grammatical mistake in an email, or perhaps a slip of the tongue in a business meeting, assume responsibility. Learn from your mistakes, improve on it and let it go. Don’t get stuck in a whirlpool of negativity – there is a lot to  focus on in the present and the future! At the end of the day, the quality of your thoughts can determine your enjoyment of work, and in turn, the general energy that permeates through the corporate climate.

It’s Okay To Have Big Goals, But Tackle Them One Step At A Time

Think big, dream big. There is no harm in having big goals. However, if you think a leap is all you need to achieve the goal, you may most likely end up failing. Don’t jump into trying to accomplish them without a direction or a plan, and pace yourself instead – set attainable sub-goals that progressively lead you to the end.

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

– Confucius

Approaching your goals one step at the time is much simpler. The little accomplishments you make will motivate you to progress further. Along the way, embrace the hardships you face. Ultimately, have faith that you’ll eventually get there, no matter how long it takes.

I Can? No, I Will!

Words are the most powerful tool available in the world. A simple change in wording can strengthen our spirits and induce positive thought in the workplace. For example, substituting the word “can” with “will” – “I can achieve that” to “I will achieve that” – has the potential to immediately change your mindset. It encompasses more determination and more strength, empowering you to keep moving forward. Taking ownership and paying closer attention to how you communicate in the manner illustrated can also shape you into a more effective and empathetic communicator.

As small as we might seem as individuals, each of us holds great power in determining the outlook of the workplace culture. We may not be able to bring about vast changes or improvements right away, but many a little makes a mickle. Work on yourself and do good by you – your positive thought patterns will make waves within the organisation! 

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