Achieve Success by Following Tinker Bell’s Advice.

Positive thinking is the key to success. This belief makes many of us scoff or roll our eyes so far back in our heads that we almost pass out. Can something as simple as thinking happy thoughts really have such a profound effect? Can a person really change their life or trajectory of their career by simply thinking everything is sunshine and rainbows?

While it is easy to be skeptical, there is a reason why the power of positivity has been mentioned repeatedly by titans of industry, world-renowned artists, and every major religion – it works!

Our life is the creation of our mind. – Buddha

There has been a constant stream of research which has shown that happy people are more productive, efficient, and creative. According to a study by the University of Warwick in Britain, happy employees are 12% more productive. The 700-person study also found that happy employees use their time more effectively while still maintaining the quality and integrity of their work.

These kinds of studies reinforce the idea that successes in life are greatly determined by our mindset. Positive thinking is directly related to happiness. Being happy has been shown to improve performance. And nobody would argue that better work leads to less success.

Companies are fully aware of the correlation between happiness and productivity and are investing more resources to boost employee happiness. This is great news because company policies and culture certainly affect you. However, at the end of the day, you are the only one in control of your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. To reach your full potential, it is essential that you are relatively happy.

Happiness starts with positive thinking. Good fortune will come and go, but the power of positivity is always available.

How do you react when your project proposal is rejected or you get passed over for a promotion?

Do you pout, become despondent, and lose your drive?

Or do you learn from the experience, find ways to stay upbeat, and keep working hard because you are confident that there will be more opportunities for success down the road?

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. – John Milton from Paradise Lost (discussed in The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt)

Positive thinking gives us more control in a chaotic world. We can see opportunities where others see only dead-ends. We see learning experiences and stepping stones where others see only failure. We have greater endurance and perseverance because we have faith that our hard work will pay off.

Positivity does not come naturally to everyone. Some of us must constantly remind ourselves that being alive is an amazing thing and not every failure or unfortunate situation is the end of the world. Keeping a book about positivity on your desk, putting a simple post-it note on your wall, or keeping a picture of loved ones nearby is usually enough to get the job done.

Take a moment each day to remind yourself why you are lucky. Find silver linings in difficult situations even when there seem to be none. Smile and try to find humor wherever possible. These simple things make life so much more enjoyable but also increase our chances of realizing our dreams.

At the very least consider this:

“A positive attitude may not solve your problems — but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” – Anonymous

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