“I know that by the time I’ve finished reading this, I am going to feel fantastic!”

Just writing that line has immediately changed my mood for the better.

The ‘Power of Positivity’ is at work in real-time!

So is your glass half-full or half-empty?

At times like this, while we’re all reeling from the unprecedented events caused by the Coronavirus, it can be difficult to stay positive.

We can convince ourselves that life is all doom and gloom as easily as we can convince ourselves that things are going to work out and be fantastic.

But, where does this half-empty philosophy get you:

  • Decisions take twice as long
  • Staff are demotivated and there is a high staff turnover
  • Creativity is stifled
  • People feel undervalued
  • There is a fear to make a decision
  • Apathy prevails
  • Managers have no real credibility and are constantly undermined in front of their teams
  • Negotiations are win-lose
  • Suppliers rarely deal with the company twice

The half-empty philosophy simply isn’t sustainable and will not help you through this crisis, so why would you ever choose the half-empty option?

The one thing in our control right now is choice. Whatever our positions in life and business, to choose our attitude and to have a positive impact on our own lives and the lives of those we impact is within our gift.

Yes, if we are fortunate to be in leadership positions then a positive attitude can have a wide influence, but don’t underestimate the knock-on impact that an outwardly positive attitude can have at any level within your organisation.

It’s as simple as making the decision to think differently. It costs nothing except a commitment to change.

When I said at the beginning of this article “I know that by the time I’ve finished reading this, I am going to feel fantastic!” I genuinely felt my spirits lift.

Just changing my language changed my mood and my mindset. Simultaneously I also changed my body language, I felt myself sit up straighter and type faster, with more enthusiasm.

All these positive changes from one simple statement!

Remember, you are what you think!

So it’s time to be honest with yourself and think of when and how you could be more positive through this crisis.

  1. 1. What will you do differently?
  2. 2. How might you change your actions?
  3. 3. What language will you use to be more positive?
  4. 4. How might this impact those around you?
  5. 5. How might the outcome change for the better?
  6. 6. How good would you feel if you made these changes?

At the extremes, people have used positive thinking to beat health conditions, motivate underdogs, defeat huge armies and overcome the worst of personal tragedies - we can also use positive thinking to help us overcome this crisis.

Choose to stay positive.