By Matt Dillon | Business Developer | Pureflow, Inc.
Optimism is one of the leading attributes of a successful leader. My definition for optimism is looking ahead in preparation for additional opportunities. As leaders, we do not have time or mental capacity to get sidetracked by one deal or mistake. As professionals, we have to continually move forward and keep our heads up to see positive outcomes ahead.
Some people are naturally prone to be more optimistic than others. However, all of us can use the following methods to keep us from withering away in despair and have a positive mental attitude.
- Write down three positive items you experienced each day. Your mind relives those experiences and increases your positive thoughts.
- Exercise 3-4 times per week. Exercise makes you feel better about yourself, and it releases endorphins which reduce the amount of pain your body and mind feel. It gives you a positive outlook that can help you overcome the daily struggles all leaders face.
- Speak truth into reality. Look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I am the greatest leader in the world!” Try this before your next team meeting and see what happens. Not only will it give you more confidence, it will also increase your positive thoughts about yourself and your abilities. I would also advise you to remain humble and to not say this in front of your team (or spouse)!
A positive side effect of optimism is creativity. As a leader, creativity gives you the ability to always find an answer. When you have a positive mental attitude, your mind is free to think about life differently. You are able to brainstorm and solve problems faster and with more clarity than a leader with less creativity.
Optimism looks at problems as an opportunity to learn and succeed. When issues arise, the optimistic leader sees a chance for improvement and an opportunity to serve the customer or team well. Serve your team well by seeing through the obstacle and casting a vision to guide them through it. Optimism gives hope and carries your team through the tough times.
Optimistic leaders have no limit to their success. Intentional daily practice is the key to growing your optimism. You have the power and ability to choose today how optimistic you will be.
Matt Dillon is an Account Manager at Pureflow, Inc. and has been a member of the Pureflow team for four years. His project management background and extensive field experience have helped him develop a well-rounded understanding of the water treatment business. He has a passion for people with a focus on management, team building, and customer care. Currently his focus is on the development and growth of Pureflow’s Pre-engineered Division with an emphasis on the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.
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