Positivity plus

Today’s blog post is by 10Eighty CEO and Founder Michael Moran. He has a passion for helping people maximise their potential and believes everyone should have job Michael Moransatisfaction and a successful career and helps organisations design jobs and career paths that maximise employee engagement. 

We’ve long been champions of the power of positive thinking and it’s scientifically proven: The sense that one is living a worthwhile and meaningful life is fundamental to human flourishing and subjective well-being. The more meaningful you believe your life to be, the faster you will walk, the stronger your grip will be and the less chronic pain you will suffer, says a study by professor Andrew Steptoe of University College, London.

The health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

When Harvard researchers studied 70,000 women over an eight-year period, the most optimistic quartile had an almost 30% lower risk of dying from several major causes of death compared with women in the least optimistic quartile.

10Eighty’s top tip for positive thinking: look for the positives in your situation. Make a practice of looking for good things and expecting good things to happen; it will have significant impact on how you approach life – difficult decisions become learning opportunities as you find some good in every situation. The key is to try to relish the opportunity instead of fearing the challenge!

 

Positive and productive

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you bury your head in the sand and ignore challenges or difficult situations. Positive thinking is about approaching life in a more positive and productive way as positive thinkers have more energy. Whether you see things positively or negatively, a personality trait called “dispositional affect”, scientists have concluded that those of a positive dispositional affect have more energy and enthusiasm than those who have more negative affectivity.

I pays to encourage and coach staff to adopt a positive approach to work and problem-solving. Think about how you think, chart your thought processes, and ask yourself an important question: is the way I’m thinking beneficial or likely to bring about a positive outcome? Henry Ford said that: “if you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right”.

Choosing a positive approach is a lifestyle choice you make, and if you’re happy then that will make you successful, at work and in life. Happiness drives success and performance. Happy people are more positive, more engaged, creative, resilient to stress and productive. Also, happy people tend to feel more confident and optimistic.

Making it work

Shawn Achor in his bestseller The Happiness Advantage provides this tip: Create a two minute daily habit of thinking of three new things you are grateful for each day; share these thoughts with your partner or a journal. You can raise your happiness level by connecting with those around you and by finding meaning at work and these are also things that lead to improved employee engagement.

For organisations, we know that investing in employee well-being can lead to increased resilience, greater innovation and higher productivity, simples – it makes good business sense!

Wishing all my readers a happy and positive 2019

Michael is Chief Executive of 10Eighty. 10Eighty is a career and talent management consultancy that helps organizations maximize the contribution of their employees by ensuring satisfying jobs and careers for their employees. Michael is a Human Resources professional, having worked in the National Health Service, Insurance, Commodities and Derivatives industries. He has worked within the career coaching business for fifteen years, both managing a £7 million business and delivering bespoke, one to one career coaching. In the last 15 years Michael has run businesses that have helped 75,000 people make successful career transitions. He is a frequent commentator in the press/media, which includes a range of topics on “successfully managing your career” and talent management. Most recent media mentions have included BBC South, CNBC, Radio4, Financial Times, City AM, Financial News, Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Grapevine and HR Magazine, to name but a few. He writes a careers column for People Management, a blog for the Human Resources Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Thompson Reuters HR Portal. Michael is known as a thought provoking speaker in the HR industry. In the last 18 months, Michael spoke at the Careers Partner International Conference, NHS breakthrough conference, NHS North West Leadership Academy, London School of Economics, University of Westminster’s Talent Management Conference, ICAEW Finance Directors Conference, CIPD learning and development conference and CIPD branch seminars. He is also Chair of the CIPD’s Central London Branch. Additionally is a non executive director of Marshall ACM, an e-learning company and the Total Reward Group, a compensation and benefits consultancy. Michael plans to publish his book “The guide to everlasting employability” in the Autumn 2012. He has just launched an iphone app “careers snakes and ladders” and an online interactive version of the book in collaboration with Marshall ACM to coincide the launch of his new business 10Eighty. Michael has a degree in Economics, a MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds an accreditation from the British Psychological Society for the use of psychometrics. Michael has completed the Fairplace Internal Accreditation Programme, the training element of which is externally recognised by the Association for Coaching. Michael Moran was until January 2012 Chief Executive of Fairplace and a main board director of Savile plc, the career and talent management consultancy. Fairplace is part of the Savile Group, an AIM listed plc. The Savile Group was placed 16th in the Sunday Times top 100 small companies in 2010.

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