Positive thinking is making a conscious effort to think with an optimistic attitude and anticipate positive outcomes. Positive behaviour means purposely acting with energy and enthusiasm. When you think and behave positively, you guide your mind toward your goals and generate matching mental and physical energy.

Positive thinking and behaviour are often deciding factors in landing a top job — your first job, a promotion, a change of employment — whatever career step you are targeting.

The function of your subconscious is to support your thoughts and behaviours by triggering matching psychological responses. Research has proved that positive thinking and behaviour have a powerful impact on personal performance, confidence and even health

Positive thinking causes the brain to generate matching, positive chemical and physical responses, such as increased mental alertness and physical energy, improved respiration and circulation and increased beneficial endorphins. Thinking positively actually boosts your ability to perform and project enthusiasm, energy, competence, and confidence – the qualities interviewers look for when they hire and promote candidates.

Negative thinking causes the brain to stimulate matching adverse chemical and physical responses, such as increased blood pressure, reduced mental alertness, increased anxiety, decreased physical energy, and flight or fight reactions and responses. These patterns reduce energy, creativity, and performance and simultaneously erode self-confidence.

Follow these steps to form the habit of positive thinking to boost your success.

1) Deliberately motivate yourself every day

Think of yourself as successful, and expect positive outcomes for everything you attempt.

2) Project energy and enthusiasm

Employers hire people who project positive energy and enthusiasm. Develop the habit of speaking, moving and acting with these qualities.

3) Practice this positive expectation mindset until it becomes a habit

Applicants who project enthusiasm and positive behaviour generate positive chemistry that rubs off. This positive energy primarily influences hiring decisions. The practice will help you reach your peak potential.

4) Dwell on past successes

Focus on past successes to remind yourself of your abilities will help you to attain your goals.

It does no kind to yourself or your future if you dwell on past events.

Who cares, for example, that you had dealings with ungrateful individuals who were former lowlife criminals returning to their lifelong behaviours that took advantage of your good nature and skills by refusing to pay you even for the cost of products and supplies. Focus on the future, and you will get there. Concentrate on the past, and you will relive and repeat it.

As an example of focusing on past successes, no one is ever born learning how to ride a bicycle or indeed to repair and diagnose computer problems.

Through training, practice, and trial and error, you master new abilities. During the trial-and-error phases of development, remind yourself of past successes: look at mistakes as part of the natural learning curve. Continue until you achieve the result you want, and tell yourself that you have succeeded in the past and can do so yet again. You will fail only when you quit trying.

The importance of positive thinking and behaviour will impact your job search, career and new job promotions. Remember that every day is a new life to a wise man.

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