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Positive Expectations Lead to Personal and Business Success

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 131

A positive mindset is essential for success. It makes a huge different to one's motivation.

The global economy is in a tailspin. Hiring has been frozen and sales are down. Stress is increasing and work-life balance is deteriorating, and the case of people who have lost their jobs more work and less "life" suddenly looks attractive. There are no quick-fix to all these problems and the news just seems to keep on being rather glum. It is difficult to stay positive under these circumstances. Ironically a positive attitude and mindset is what will give you the best chance of success.

How can one stay positive? It starts with having positive expectations (a bit like expect the best and you will get it). These expectations should not focus on what you cannot control (the economy, the city council etc.). You should focus on what you can control. Remember the well-know saying of having the grace to know what you cannot control and what you can control, and the wisdom to know the difference.

In general you should develop a positive expectation that any effort and hard work on your part will lead to good performance on your part. In other words if you put in the effort you will actually be able to do whatever you are doing well. Furthermore if you perform this may have a good outcome which you could be rewarded for, which is noticed by others.

Obviously everything that you do and the results are not always within your control. Focusing on what you can control can be very motivating. Often focusing on the simple immediate areas you can control will results in a greater feeling of well-being.

Imagine this...

Example 1: Your day has turned out to be a disaster. What do you expect of yourself? To go into a rage? To shrug and say "so what" and move on? Expect the best from yourself and do not allow yourself to behave in such a manner as to make you look back with embarrassment on your behaviour. What outcome can you expect from a cool and calm response? What will increase your reputation and pride?

Example 2: An employee or customer lets you down or deceives you. What do you expect from yourself? How should you react? Maybe you should express disappointment and then make it clear that you have very positive future expectation of this person.

Expecting the best is a choice. However, it serves to motivate and encourage you since it makes you feel in control.

You can get more information and access to a FREE goal achievement system with goal setting worksheets, or smart goals - just click the links.

Harry Touzel coaches business people to stay on track with their plans and achieve their goals.

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