Workplace is never devoid of elements such as stress, politics, gosspis and criticism. Amid all these negative vibrations, it becomes a challenge to stay positive and keep looking at the brigher side even if you meet failure in the projects. Remember the famous movie ‘Phas gaya re Obama’ wherein the protagonist suffered the wrath of recessions and came to save his life in India. It was his positive attitude which kept him aflot even when he was kidnapped by the mafias. It is merely the power of optimism that acts as a silver lining in the cloud during the times of adversity. Several human resource experts and researchers have affirmed that ‘professional growth of an individual is the outcome of his/her positive attitude towards various situations’. Positive thinking can produce positive attitude and positive attitude leads to positive results.
So here are a few tips that will let you maintain positive attitude at the workplace:
1. Be solution-oriented rather than problem oriented
The first step to win over your personality is to look for the solution when in problem. Problems are never ending and they are the ordeal of your strength and resilience in the times of adversity. The ones who look for solutions, rather than focusing on the problem, emerge as winners. If your manager says that the targets have been escalated in the mid year to accomplish the projected figures, then it will be good to work towards achieving the targets with the available resources rather than worrying about the outcome. You can control your actions, but not the results. They would automatically flow when you give your best.
2. Avoid whining and complaining all the time
People who waste their constructive energy on complaining all the time rather than working towards accomplishing the goals, often make people around them less productive too. So the next time you face obstacles, instead of complaining about the same to the HR manager, your manager or your peers, offer a solution to solve the problem.
Your ideas might work wonders and it will be a win-win situation for both the people involved in the trouble. A positive mind can breed positively and undoubtedly, your positivity will be rewarded sooner or later.
3. Never Criticize
Not because criticism makes the other person feel bad, criticism should be avoided because it focuses on what’ s wrong. On the contrary, ‘feedback’ focuses on how to make improvement on what already has gone wrong. To keep up with a positive attitude, it is important that when someone criticises you, listen to them and take down the points where there is scope of improvement. If you hold a senior position, make sure that rather than criticising the work of your juniors, provide a feedback so that changes can be incorporated with immediate effect and there is no further delay in the work.
4. Stay away from Gossip and rumours
Gossip and rumours’ have their own charm because you get a feel that no one knows the workplace better than you. On the contrary, gossip has the potential to wreck careers and reputations. They breed negativity all around and are often build on a false basis. Getting involved in the gossip about your co-workers and colleagues will drain your constructive energy into wasteful knowledge. A person, who wants to remain positive at the workplace, seldom takes interest in the gossip. As gossip weaken the trust in your team mates and colleagues, so it must be avoided if you want to accomplish the objectives successfully.
5. Practise Self-control
The best means to remain positive is to take control of your own attitude. Watch your thoughts and when you feel that negative thoughts brood your mind, shut them away. Self-talk is more important to remain optimistic. When you wake up and before you sleep, think about the best and positive moments you experienced in the day. Don’t let you mind reiterate negative experiences overpower your sleep. And here we have something to learn from Snoopy:
When at the workplace, there are unexpected situations that test the true shades of your personality. Co-workers, clients/customers, seniors, manager or any other professional relation, while dealing with them, it is important that you do not loose your cool. However hard the situation, positive thinking will help you to look beyond the deadend.
Share with us, your story in the comments section below, about how you manage to stay positive when there are tough times in your office. Your story might become an inspiration for others! You can also read other interssting articles on managing professional life, in our career section.