Focus on the Positive

You’ve got to accentuate the positive

Eliminate the negative

Latch on to the affirmative

But don’t mess with mister inbetween

–          lyrics by Johnny Mercer

What we focus on grows. It’s an age old saying which means that the more you think about all the things that are going wrong, the bigger they become, and the more likely it is that they will happen again.

How many times do you reflect on your day, or your week, and recall the things that did not go quite right, or which went wrong.  Turn that around.  Start focusing on the good things that happen and watch how your whole attitude gradually changes.  Whatever you focus your attention on, grows.  SO focus on the positive aspects of your job – what you enjoy, the people you like, and the good work you do. Keep focussing on that and the negative things will fade away.  And after a while when something bad happens, it disappears because you are so used to focussing on the positive.

Our brains are fascinating – we can choose our thoughts just as much as we can choose our behaviour.  And how we behave is important in the workplace.