25 July 2016
Negativity and self-doubt causes much more damage than people realise; on our life, health and our success in business. Negativity increases our stress levels and causes us to feel disappointed and pressured. So what’s the point in dwelling on doubts?
Positivity creates great momentum, whereas negative thinking quite often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. When you find yourself struggling, it’s good to remember that life isn’t about what happens to you, it’s about the way you manage whatever it is that comes your way.
I previously wrote about choosing to feed the right wolf. It’s an old Cherokee tale where a boy struggles with the internal fight of two wolves. One is evil; he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good; he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. When he asks his grandfather which wolf will win, the old Cherokee replied: “the one you feed”.
You shouldn’t let disappointments or disadvantages control you.
I work hard to create positivity in the workplace, building an environment where my team feels supported and has an opportunity to take time out, whether that’s in the gym or in one of our chill out zones. Being supportive is one of our core values, arguably the most important one. We look after each other and make sure we work towards achieving individual, as well as shared goals.
In my experience, stress is an important ingredient in the process of improving. Without stress, we wouldn’t improve. That being said, it’s something I hate with a passion and avoid at all costs and I wouldn’t want any of my team to have to experience either.
Industrialist Henry Ford once said: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right”.
It is a quote I wholeheartedly relate to. There is no point in setting goals you know or think you won’t achieve. I always refer to Tony Robbins’ motivational books and lessons, because he is the person who introduced me to the value of writing down your goals. With so many of them now achieved, I can say it really works!
In my opinion, it is belief and mindset that determine whether you can achieve something or not. The purpose of goal setting is that you give yourself something to work towards. You quite literally motivate yourself to success.
Staying positive on your journey to success is far more likely to help you achieve your goals.