The Power of Positive Thinking

power of positive thinkingHave you ever noticed that it’s a lot easier to say something negative about someone than it is to say something positive? We all want the people around us to do their jobs and do them well—but if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of criticism, you know that it isn’t always the best motivator.
People are more likely to work hard and give energy to a project if they feel as though they are a part of it, and as though their efforts make a difference in the grander scheme of things. Whether you’re a team leader, manager, or business owner, it’s important to hone your compliment-giving skills and practice employee recognition.
Here are some ways to make your positive feedback go even further:

  • Don’t wait. When you see something going right, say so with positive feedback.
  • Don’t be vague. “Good job, Bob” can sometimes feel like a pat on the head. Tell the person why they’re doing a good job, and why their efforts matter.
  • Don’t hush it up. Don’t pull someone into your office to congratulate him or her. Do it in front of a group—and if possible, in front of superiors.
  • Don’t be afraid to jazz it up. If someone’s efforts were a big deal, make the acknowledgement a big deal too. Balloons, a catered lunch, an applauding boardroom—all these go above and beyond to make sure the person knows he or she is appreciated. Just make sure that the scope of the acknowledgement fits the scope of the achievement, so things stay fair.
  • Don’t ignore the small stuff. Sometimes, it’s the little details that keep a big project on track.
  • Don’t say it just to say it. Insincere complements feel at best like lip service and at worst like insults. If you’re going to praise someone, make sure you mean it.

If you have a hard time giving sincere complements, ask yourself why. Do you feel that good work should be expected, not praised? Are you uncomfortable accepting complements yourself? Are you afraid that your employees will get “big heads?” If any of these are the case, just ease yourself into the practice of offering acknowledgement. And while you’re at it, make sure you’re giving yourself credit for your own good work, too.

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5 Responses to “The Power of Positive Thinking”

Andrea Woolf August 23rd, 2011 at 2:12 am

Hi Dawn,

I love your post and that you connected the power of positive thinking with positive words of appreciation. It’s a really great think of these two practices as extensions of each other!

You have obviously given this subject a lot of thought and it’s great that you’re sharing your knowledge with others. You’re truly making a difference in the world. Keep doing what you’re doing!

To your magnificence!

Andrea Woolf
Founder, Ignite Your Life Book
Co-Founder, Wake Up Abundant
Ambassador of Manifest Money,

Resume Format September 6th, 2011 at 3:24 am

With positive attitude you can really have a peace and joyful life! Great articles you have!@bose

DQ September 20th, 2011 at 8:00 am

Thank you Andrea. Will we be seeing you at the ICF conference in Vegas later this week? August 1st, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide
credit and sources back to your blog? My blog site is in the exact same
area of interest as yours and my users would certainly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here.
Please let me know if this ok with you. Regards!

Dawn Quesnel August 5th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Of course as long as you let me know where you will be posting it and give a link back to my site.

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