STAYING POSITIVE IN A NEGATIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
People want to be happy. On Amazon you can find about 24 000 books dealing with happiness, yet the use of anti-depressants increases every year. The question is thus – why is it so difficult to be positive and achieve happiness?
FROM NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE
Dr Rick Hanson, a neuroscientist and author of the book Buddha’s Brain (2009), said that human beings are wired to be more negative than positive. The reason is that creatures learned through evolution that being aware of the negative will enable them to live another day! Unfortunately most of us still cultivate this behaviour. We focus on the negative, which has a negative impact on our businesses, rather than focusing on the positive and growth enhancing. The good news is that neuroscientists also found that human beings have the ability to “re-programme” these deep neural pathways, because of our brain’s plasticity or ability to change.
To be more positive we need to thicken the insula, a part of our brain that increases our awareness of self and our empathy for others. Basic exercises like a workout in a gym, yoga and dancing will enhance the process.
Prepare for positive business conversations. Identify several positive issues in business and in the world and start your conversation with that to set a positive tone. If need be, turn the negative conversation around and make it positive and energetic.
In nature it is interesting to note how the differences in diet determine the differences in personalities. The chirpy, singing and hopping ones feed primarily on seeds, fruit and the odd insect or worm for proteins. The grumpy, aggressive creatures feed primarily on meat. To be positive – eat less meat and more fruit, vegetables and grain.
JOURNAL POSITIVE EXPERIENCES
List all the positive things you did and solutions you found. List your plans for the next day and for the future. From time to time – read your journal!
These suggestions might sound trivial, but everything possible should be done to ensure that your deep neuro pathways are reprogrammed.
“An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.” Goi Nas.