How To Improve Performance Through Positive Thinking and Behavior
By Carmen Ventrucci
November 17, 2021
Setting negative expectations for an outcome…..this is something I see all the time and, personally, it’s time to flip the script.
Yesterday, someone texted me, “I didn’t expect it to work, and guess what, it didn’t. Why am I not surprised.”
Well, you’re not surprised because you set a negative expectation. You stated your expectations, and it came true.
If we have the power to make our statements come true, then should we ensure we’re making the right statements?
Your unconscious mind loves to be right. It will work hard to find examples, or interpret situations, all so it can say “I told you so!” Therefore, give your unconscious mind something positive to be right about.
Positive thinking is making a conscious effort to think with an optimistic attitude and anticipate positive outcomes. Positive behavior means purposely acting with energy and enthusiasm. When you think and behave positively, you guide your mind toward your goals and generate matching mental and physical energy.
Positive thinking and behavior are often deciding factors in landing a top job – your first job, a promotion, a new client, a date, better health…….the list goes on.
The function of your unconscious mind is to support your thoughts and behaviors by triggering matching psychological responses. Research has proved that positive thinking and behavior have a powerful impact on personal performance, confidence and even health.
Positive thinking causes the brain to generate matching, positive chemical and physical responses, such as increased mental alertness and physical energy, improved respiration and circulation, and increased beneficial endorphins. Thinking positively actually boosts your ability to perform and project enthusiasm, energy, competence, and confidence - the qualities interviewers look for when they hire and promote candidates.
Negative thinking causes the brain to stimulate matching negative chemical and physical responses, such as increased blood pressure, reduced mental alertness, increased anxiety, decreased physical energy, and flight or fight reactions and responses.
These responses decrease energy, creativity, and performance and simultaneously erode self-confidence.
Follow these steps to form the habit of positive thinking to boost your success:
1. Deliberately motivate yourself everyday
You are what you think you are. Think of yourself as successful, and expect positive outcomes for everything you attempt.
2. Project energy and enthusiasm
Environment matters, so create a desirable environment by projecting energy and enthusiasm. People want to work in positive environments. Develop the habit of speaking, moving and acting with these qualities.
3. Practice this positive mindset until it becomes a habit
Applicants and business owners who project enthusiasm and positive behavior generate a positive chemistry that rubs off. Positive energy can influence clients to do business with you. The habit will help you reach your peak potential.
4. Dwell on past successes
Focus on past successes to remind yourself of your abilities will help you to attain your goals.
It does no benefit to yourself or your future if you dwell on past events. Focus on the future and you will get there. Focus on the past and you will relive and repeat it. As an example of focusing on past successes, no one is ever born learning how to ride a bicycle or certainly to repair and diagnose computer problems.
Carmen Ventrucci’s motto is Follow Your Road. She knows small business owners create their business so they can make an impact for their clients, community, family, and life.
Nicknamed by her clients as ‘The Girl with the Golden Shovel’' due to results, Carmen helps her clients scale and grow their business so they can magnify their impact. Carmen is a small business consultant based in St. Paul, MN, and serves clients across the USA with her company, True SISU Life, LLC.