A positive thinking motivational technique for self-improvement in your business and personal life

Positive thinking gives you the ability to see the possibilities in any situation. By using this one simple motivational technique, you can make steady progress and reap the benefits that others miss. You will be able to stop other people and influences beyond your control from bringing you down. Use this technique and you will be seen as a positive person who influences others with your motivated attitude. Motivated people are liked by others and you will get great benefits in relationships and career building. Being able to use positive thinking in all situations, both personal and work, will open up more choices for you. While others sit back and blame influences outside their circle of influence, you will look for potential and move forward. People will love being around you, and your motivational technique will rub off on friends and colleagues.

As a manager and coach, I have used this positive thinking technique with the salespeople and staff I have led with great success. I’ve taken motivational techniques from the world of NLP and performance coaching and developed this easy-to-use idea, so here’s how it works. When we perceive any situation and form an opinion, we do so through our mental filters. We use past experiences, our beliefs, and true or false evidence to shape our version of a situation on an internal map of reality that we create in our mind. These internal filters affect what we look for in a situation. This motivational positive thinking technique works by retraining those filters to find the good in a situation instead of focusing on the negative effect the situation might have on us.

One simple way to retrain your mental focus and start thinking positively is to ask yourself one simple question in every situation. Ask yourself what is good about it? Ask yourself what is good in this situation and your mind will search for answers within the parameters you set in the question. Your mental filters will sort through the incoming information and find what might be potentially positive in the situation you’re looking at. Once you have found the positives, you can ask new questions and find dangers or negatives if necessary. Taking control of these mental processes leads to constant self-improvement and motivation. Asking what’s good about it gives you the opportunity to find positives where others see only negatives. It removes the defensive reaction of blaming others. You regain control in situations where you blamed influences beyond your control.

People in a competitive role, such as sales or marketing, will have a huge advantage over colleagues and competitors because they will see opportunity where others see only negativity and obstacles. Asking yourself what is good in a situation is a really effective motivational technique that can have both financial and personal benefits. If you manage people, can you imagine your team using this motivation technique. Instead of the usual moaning about decisions others have made or whining about factors beyond their control, they will look for ways to benefit from the situation. Instead of blaming the company, the client or you, they will let others lose motivation and look for how they can benefit.

It is not easy to suddenly change and see the positive potential in all situations. You are literally retraining your mind to focus in a new direction. Once you manually focus your perception, you find that this process becomes automatic. At first it’s uncomfortable and you go back to your old habits. Then use positive thinking a few times without any effort and hear yourself listing potential positives in positions where in the past you would have only seen negatives. Then you become unconsciously capable and you have acquired a new skill of positive thinking.

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