Pollyanna in the Workplace

March 17, 2015 ·

In the last blog we talked about how positive thinking—being a Pollyanna—is not unrealistic or naïve, but rather a step towards allowing ourselves to be happy. Negative thinking, or worrying, only serves to make us unhappy, while positive thinking can make us feel upbeat and confident. As Susan Jeffers said, why choose to be unhappy when with a twist of your thinking you can be happy?

In the workplace, so supercharged with stress and worries, it can be so much harder to find “something to be glad about” on a regular basis. But, that makes it even more important that you do. Wallowing in negativity makes work life insufferable—for yourself and your colleagues.

By choosing to “find the good” at your place of work you will be able to:

  • Keep up enthusiasm for both new and current projects;
  • Better relate to coworkers and management;
  • Be supportive of ideas and solutions;
  • End the day with a feeling of accomplishment.

In the workplace, there are often challenges that require critical thinking and viewing both sides (the good and the bad) before solid decisions can be made. If you are choosing to be “Pollyanna,” this does not mean that you can no longer make these kinds of critical decisions. Thinking positively is more about what goes on inside your own mind. It does not inform your every thought, but instead is a tool that can be used to live a more fulfilled life.

What it comes down to is choosing to be positive when you have a choice about how you feel about something. Your coworker has a bad attitude? Having to work through lunch again? Your upcoming performance review? You can feel angry or annoyed or fearful about these things, or you can choose to find something positive in them. You can be sympathetic (maybe that coworker’s home life is unhappy) or positive (the job will be done sooner if lunch is skipped) or confident (you’ve put in your best effort).

So, if being a Pollyanna creates a happier world for you and those around you, why hesitate for one more moment?

Tags: Corporate Training · Feel the Fear...and Do It Anyway · Leadership Development · Personal Development · Susan Jeffers

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