Michael works as an engineer in one of the top construction companies in his country. His job is fairly routine and he loves doing it. Today, however, he was reassigned to a new position that involves new projects, the type he has never worked on before.
Scenario 1: Michael goes into a depressive mood. He is scared, defeated, and dismayed because he feels he’ll never be able to make a success of this new venture.
Scenario 2: Michael is a little scared because he’s never done this before. However, he believes if it is possible, it will be done. And if not, he would endeavor to learn a thing or two from the situation.
A positive mindset is a mental and emotional state of mind that fixates on the bright side of life. It is the kind of mindset that helps one see the light at the end of the tunnel, the rainbow in the cloudy skies, the stars in an otherwise dark night, and the ray of sunlight in the storm.
A positive mindset has nothing to do with turning a blind eye to existential problems or ignoring facts. It certainly has nothing to do with wearing a cheerful smile all day every day. However, it has everything to do with making the most of whichever situation you find yourself in. It involves seeing the good in potentially bad situations, thinking the best of people, and having a “can do” mentality despite all the overwhelming challenges involved. Clearly, scenario 2 embodies what a positive mindset is.
Do you have a positive mindset? What are some traits associated with a positive mindset and why is it important that you develop these?
TRAITS ASSOCIATED WITH A POSITIVE MINDSET
The definitions of a positive mindset look quite simplistic. One just takes a look at a situation they’re in and sees all the beautiful things therein. But there is more to a positive mindset than that. Perhaps personifying a positive mindset can shed more light on this sought-after quality. Here are some traits associated with it:
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “love is blind” at some point in your life (on Law of Attraction). This popular saying has been countered by another which says: “Love is not blind. It sees but it does not mind.” In much the same way, a positive mindset does not turn a blind eye to the present situation and certainly does not reject reality for fantasies. On the contrary, it is well aware of the facts and accepts them as is but also recognizes that everything changes, even the present situation. Positive mindset reasons- “granted, things did not go as planned but I have learned some vital lessons that will prove helpful in the future.”
IT IS OPTIMISTIC
Optimism is a major trait of a positive mindset. Although it accepts and learns from reality, it believes that things will turn out better. It has a mental attitude characterized by hope and confidence in success. As an optimist, it sees obstacles as stepping stones; paths that lead to its ultimate destination. Instead of shying away from challenges in the belief that failure is sure, a positive mindset takes on the challenges if there is even the slightest chance of success.
IT IS GRATEFUL
A positive mindset not only sees the good in various situations but also shows gratitude for them. This in turn brews further positivity. It’s a chain reaction and as the saying goes: A grateful heart is a perpetual banquet.
IT IS RESILIENT
A positive mindset realizes that failure is not fatal and that it is part of the process. When it falls, it doesn’t lose the will to continue. It bounces right back and keeps trying as if to say “if it is possible it will be done and if it is impossible, it can be done.”
WHY YOU SHOULD CULTIVATE A POSITIVE MINDSET
The benefits associated with a positive mindset are numerous and are mostly backed by research. Here are three of its major benefits:
INCREASED LIFE SPAN
Research has shown that people who possess a positive mindset are less likely to succumb to chronic diseases and die prematurely. In fact, it can lead to an 11 to 15% increase in life span as well as improve the chances of living to a ripe old age, as high as 85. Thus, if you would like to add some years to your life, developing a positive mindset is a good way to start.
BETTER CHANCES OF RECOVERY
A group of researchers who reviewed 16 studies on the attitudes of patients towards their health found that a positive mindset acts as a catalyst to recover from illnesses. These studies spanned 30 years and included a variety of illnesses, from simple back pain to critical heart surgery. In each case, patients who believed they would recover did so faster. Also, this category of persons experienced less pain during surgery. Certainly, the value of a positive mindset cannot be overemphasized.
HELPS WITH STRESS MANAGEMENT
A person with a positive mindset is invariably a good stress manager. This is because by thinking positively, he already perceives the stress as trivial. This perception in turn makes it easy for him to cope with it effectively. Several studies have shown this to be true.
A positive mindset is a treasure that everyone must endeavor to possess and develop. It could start from as little as being grateful for small things to being optimistic; from accepting present situations or self-accaeptance to being resilient and courageous to face them head-on. What’s more, a positive mindset will change your life. Tony Robbins said it best:
“Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience… when you focus on the positive, the whole world opens up to you.”