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When faced with setbacks or challenges in life, I am sure we have all received the well-meaning advice from family, friends and colleagues to “stay positive.” Positive thinking certainly sounds easy, and surely, most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative, yes? But positive thinking is also a soft and fluffy term that can easily be dismissed. In the real world, and in the working world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like “work ethic” or “persistence.” But research has shown that those views may be changing, and that the impact of positive thinking in the work place can actually have a real impact on your life in general, building skills that will last much longer than a smile and having a good day.

I’d like to think I am generally, and naturally a positive person, in and out of work. When I think about my role as a Recruiter, one of key things you need to succeed and enjoy the ups and down of the role, is a positive attitude. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have heard the term “Recruitment is like a roller coaster. You have good days and bad days”. But I guess that can be said about any job.

But a positive attitude (in my job!) can be affected instantly by a simple phone call. In recruitment, our product is our people. And people can change their mind whenever they want! An example in my role, is working on a role for many weeks, successfully getting an offer and the offer being turned down at the final hour. (Thankfully, this doesn’t happen often). But when it does, it can have a huge effect on my day, my mood, and my positive attitude! If I let it….

Keeping a positive attitude isn’t just good for your health and general wellbeing. There is a strong connection between positivity and performance, many of these studies focus on people being optimistic or pessimistic in their work, and the outcomes of each. And it is believed by many, that the ability to turn pessimistic thoughts into positive thoughts, is actually quite simple and that positive thinking is much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. The challenge for most, is not letting those setbacks & hurdles change your positive thinking and change that glass to being only half full instead of half empty.

Aside from helping you achieve your goals and success at work, there are many other advantages of a positive attitude in the workplace. Being positive creates a positive environment for not only you, but for those around you. It helps improve your confidence which will reduce your overall stress. It will promote better health resulting in less sick days. It improves general motivation & promotes teamwork, which will help overcome challenges and decision making. Overall, it will actually help you produce more energy and increase productivity levels & results. If all the above can be achieved, just by being positive, why would we want to be anything else?!!!

So, I will end with a quote, and a personal favourite of mine…

“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” 
Winston Churchill

Keep positive folks!