How positive thinking actually help entrepreneurs succeed

Ever heard of The Science of Positive Thinking? It is a fact that a healthy attitude coupled with positive thinking enables you to build your skills, improve your health, as well as adjust your work ethic, and much more. Here we look at how positive thoughts can improve productivity, invite success and create real value in an entrepreneur’s life.

How positive thinking can benefit you

Some side-effects of positive thoughts may include: joy, hope, amusement, gratitude, interest, appreciation, awe, love, contentment and other buoyant expressions, which help you see more possibilities in your life. So why not try applying it more often?

Constructive catalysts that ignite the feelings described above initiate the “broaden and build” theory in life. When we were children, the positive feelings of play and joy prompted physical skills, social skills and creative skills that built the foundation for our adult life.

The times when one feels strong positive feelings and emotions and are able to explore life’s possibilities unhindered, are often the moments when we are able to visualise how past negatively perceived experiences fit into life’s plan.

Positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles, in general. They usually participate in regular physical activity, follow a healthy diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol.

Other effects of positive thinking include: an increased life span, lower rates of depression, lower levels of distress, greater resistance to colds and flu, better psychological and physical well-being, reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.

A positive attitude can also help you achieve your goals and attain the success you seek by recognising opportunities. As it brings more happiness into your life, it produces more energy, increasing your faith in your abilities.

When you are imbued with hope for a brighter future you are able to inspire and motivate yourself as well as others. You then often encounter fewer obstacles and difficulties in your daily life, and you even receive increased respect and love from people.
Remember that positive thinking counters negative thoughts. A positive mind frame has been shown to increase self-esteem and confidence, help entrepreneurs negotiate better, improve decision-making, boost creativity and drive high-performance behaviour, all by believing in yourself.

How negative thinking affects you more than you realise

 How positive thinking actually help entrepreneurs succeed

Negative reactions, for example: anger, blame, panic, resentment, and shame, essentially program your brain to react in a specific way. Negative thinking narrows your thoughts by shutting off much of your perception and limiting awareness. Its purpose is linked to the human survival instinct in times of danger.

Studies show that pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being, where negative self-talk detrimentally affects your feelings, how you perceive yourself, and how you interact in the world.

The following are some markers to identify negative thinking. Filtering: One magnifies a situation’s negative aspects. Personalising: When something goes wrong you tend to blame yourself. Catastrophising: Losses loom larger than gains and you anticipate the worst. Polarising: You see predicaments in black and white, with no grey area for doubt.

What you can do to start a positive thinking routine

How positive thinking actually help entrepreneurs succeed
How positive thinking actually help entrepreneurs succeed

Surround yourself with positive people. Practice positive self-talk by adhering to one basic rule: treat yourself as you would others and be gentle and encouraging with yourself.

When a negative idea enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with positive affirmations. An easy way to dissolve a negative thought loop is to stop blaming others and cease complaining without offering up solutions.

Connecting with a spiritual system nurtures your spirit as well as your business. Research reveals that people who pray/visualise/meditate daily (for as little as 5 minutes at a time) display more positive feelings and emotions, as well as increased mindfulness and purpose in life, than those who do not.

A study examining people who wrote down positive experiences each day for three consecutive days, found that the group had better mood levels, fewer visits to the doctor, and experienced fewer illnesses.

Schedule time to exercise, participate in sport or play into your day and explore, experiment, and seek adventure in everyday routines. This vital practice leads to happy hormones being released, with you experiencing contentment and joy, which are the forerunners to bright ideas, creative solutions and inspiration.

Make a conscious choice to be happy by looking at the bright side of life. It can take repeated attempts to get it right, however. Choose an optimistic attitude. Find reasons to smile more often and you will keep on finding more reasons to if you search for them.

The deeper the connection you feel to your business, the more you will experience your higher life purpose as being expressed through your work, positively impacting others in the process.