Think happy. Be happy.
Our actions are inspired by our thoughts. Most of us chatter with ourselves all day long!
As long as our thoughts are positive, our actions in the workplace will be positive – benefiting the people around us, especially our coworkers and clients.
I recently came across the article 7 Steps to Positive Self Talk from pickthebrain.com that describes ways to achieve positive self talk in your everyday routine. What is self talk? Self talk is that little voice inside of us that controls our everyday thoughts and actions. Unfortunately, those thoughts aren’t always positive.
Author Evelyn Lim defined seven key steps to positive self talk to eliminate negative conversations with ourselves and convert them into empowering thoughts.
- Eliminate internal negative chatter
- Positive affirmations
- Positive scripts
- Replace negative influences with positive ones
- Present tense messages
- Confront fears
- Focus on enjoyable moments
Positive affirmations, presenting tense messages, confronting fears and focusing on enjoyable moments were the steps that stood out to me the most when I read this article, especially when applying them to our workday.
Positive affirmations may be one the most important steps out of the entire seven. We are constantly talking to ourselves in our minds throughout the day. If we rid the negative thoughts in our heads and replace them with positive statements to ourselves, our esteem and actions will benefit not only our coworkers, but also the work we are doing for our clients.
A couple of ways we can use positive affirmations would be repeating positive thoughts to ourselves out loud or posting insightful notes around our desks as a reminder. At Mottis, we have a “What Moves You?” wall where we share inspiring and positive thoughts, as shown in the image above. It’s a fun reminder to the team of what inspires each of us as individuals.
Presenting tense messages is key. There may be certain obstacles standing in our way to reach our daily and long-term goals, whether it’s finishing a document for a client or completing a to-do list for the day. Instead of becoming overwhelmed we need to concentrate on the steps we can take in the present to reach our goals.
Lim suggests asking ourselves, “What can I do right now?”, and to change our internal talk from a future anxiety to one that is more manageable in the present.
Confronting our fears is what will take our work to the next level. We often hold ourselves back from taking a risk because we are scared of the outcome or losing the security we are already comfortable with. But we need to ask ourselves, “What’s the worst that could happen?”
At Mottis, we are always taking risks and challenging our fears. The benefits we gain from taking risks for our clients are much more rewarding than not taking the risk at all.
Focusing on enjoyable moments makes life much happier than focusing on hard moments. We are grateful for our positive culture at Mottis and embrace it to create enjoyable moments for each other, every day. Positive self talk promotes positive actions, which promotes a positive workplace, which promotes a positive outcome for our clients.
A quote to live by: Think happy. Be happy.