“Learned optimism” – the ability to interpret negative events in positive terms-can boost your productivity.
To give yourself a mental edge:
- Devise three solutions to any problem. By forcing yourself to identify a trio of options, you leave less time for anxiety. You’ll also gain momentum by seeking more creative solutions.
- Reframe upsetting situations. That’s better than allowing your mood to deteriorate. Example:Replace thoughts of “That customer was so rude” with “That person must really be having a bad day.”
- Embrace each challenge on its own terms. Don’t assume problems are here to stay or that negative, unbreakable patterns must block your success.t
Source: Communication Briefings, as adapted from Shape, Weider Publications