Positive Thinking Bags a Promotion

8 January 2014

January or July are the best months to speak to your boss about a promotion according to data collected by LinkedIn. So there is no time like the present to request that meeting…

We’ve all heard that positive thinking can help in every area of life, from curing incurable diseases to marrying Mr or Mrs Right but have you seen the statistics behind how it helps you in the workplace?

According to research when promoting an employee bosses base 85% of their decision on your attitude. The same study shows that positive people are paid more, promoted faster and generally have a network of colleagues and friends that want to see them do well.

How and Why?

The reason your boss loves a positive attitude is because it makes their life easier. There’s nothing more depressing than asking an employee to take on new responsibility and being faced with answers such as, “I’ve never done it before,” “I don’t know how”, “I can’t”. Positive thinkers always see an opportunity to learn and grow regardless of the risk involved and this is why many fly higher than others.

Who Are You?

There are four types of people in the world.

  1. Those who expect everything for nothing usually living off hand-outs
  2. Those happy to plod along in a minimum wage job
  3. Those that are happy to climb the ladder at a steady pace and see occasional promotions in a company as an achievement (which indeed it is)
  4. Those that want to OWN the company, BE the boss, take over the world and be the next big thing.

Those in the last category use positive thinking. They don’t see any limits to their ability, they don’t see a final destination for their career, and they will keep climbing that ladder and will never stop. They will not wait for more responsibility or for opportunities they will volunteer for tasks that show their skills and go looking for ways to excel. This self-belief allows for risk taking that others may shy away from, while bosses love to harness the power of the positive thinker to make their own businesses excel.

All you have to do is see the silver lining of every cloud, find a positive spin to any situation and have faith that you can do anything you set your mind to. Try it for a week and see how your life changes.

Ellen Modin

Ellen Modin