Just Stay Positive! It Does More Good Than You Might Think

Written by Jay McDonald on .

Few things make as big an impact on everyday life as work. We’re fierce competitors, and we strive for excellence, exhausting our minds and bodies to stay out front, ahead of the curve. In many cases, we end the day mentally, physically and emotionally drained. But is it enjoyable? Absolutely. Sure things will go wrong, and challenges, disappointment, or even tragedy will test our stamina and endurance.
The trick to getting through it all is positivity. An overlooked key to success, staying positive through the worst of times promotes mental and physical health and contributes to overall fulfillment, personally and professionally. Enjoying What You Do Keeps You Sharp If someone were to ask you if you enjoy what you do for a living, what would you say? Would you hesitate, thinking through the stress, aggravation and mental anguish in your career or would you smile and respond without thinking, “Yes, I love my job”. For those of us lucky enough to truly enjoy what we do, smiling through the stress and staying upbeat through challenge is easy. We know every low point will pass and we trust that there are good times ahead. What do you have to gain by being positive? Focus, sharp mental clarity, and the ability to see through the fog; leading to better, more productive outcomes. Positivity is Empowering Have you ever noticed that people who are happy and fulfilled are somehow always more successful than those who prefer to dwell on the negative? Happiness and positivity is empowering, giving you the strength to create those opportunities for success and recognize those “lucky breaks” others may miss. Staying positive is an easy way to foster the passion you have inside yourself and the reason why you get out of bed every day. Short Term Setbacks Are Often Long Term Opportunities in Disguise You may have a hard time believing it as you live it, but often, it’s the setbacks in life that unlock the opportunities for personal and professional growth. Did you lose a big account, but stumble on an even better client through the process? How about the executive who was happily filling orders for an overwhelmed crew only to meet his wife-to-be during one of the deliveries? Whether it’s in the office, at home or anywhere in between, positivity opens doors for beneficial long-term opportunities. As leaders, when we live our values, work tirelessly and do it all with a smile, it’s easy to be successful. The focus, strength and opportunities that come from staying positive despite setbacks build character, good fortune and ultimate success- every time.

Jay McDonald

With a unique breadth of knowledge earned through decades of hands- on experience, Jay is recognized as a strategic visionary whose high energy, quick wit and straight talk combined with a passion for mentoring others allows him to help executives achieve greater results and enjoy more rewarding personal lives. Connect with Jay McDonald on Google+

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