Success does not only come for people who had to fight their way to the top on their own or because they put aside all their competitors along the way. Success comes also for people who regard highly passion and optimism in their work and prefer to collaborate with a team who has similar traits.
Moreover, adopting the convenient attitudes towards work while being competitive and having a drive to succeed can highly influence success.
If you want to have true success, you have to cultivate thoughtfully some key attitudes and character traits.
Hereunder, you can find four attitudes you should try to develop each day in order be happier and more successful at work.
1. Use Positivity As Your Lens
Positivity is the most crucial attitude for your success.
For Shawn Anchor’s TED Talk, a Harvard-educated CEO of Goodthink Inc. who dedicated his career to know the ways in which positivity influences both happiness and success, it is “not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.”
Shawn supported Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar in teaching the most popular class at Harvard, How To Become Happier. In his 7 Lessons On Earning The Ultimate Currency: Happiness, Tal says, “Keep in mind that happiness is mostly dependent on our state of mind, not on our status or the state of our bank account.”
For Anchor, “75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat … Your brain at positive performs significantly better than it does at negative, neutral or stressed.”
Moreover, the brain performs better with positivity because of the dopamine. It is a neurotransmitter released when we feel positive. Which also turns on the learning centers in the brain.
With positivity, we feel we are free from the constraints of a negative worldview. In addition, our brain is activated in a way to let us learn and achieve more than we can.
2. Experience Pride In Your Work
According to Merriam Webster, pride is “a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc. … a reasonable or justifiable self-respect”. It is a positive, healthy attitude.
In addition to this kind of pride, it is very crucial to develop an additional one by taking your pride to work and doing well your job no matter the circumstances, no matter the task. It is about respecting yourself and a reflection of you that will help you continue moving forward.
3. Replace Competition With Having Confidence In Others
Positivity frees us from the constraints of competition whereas negativity makes us fear our coworkers, an attitude which can lead us to negative, destructive behaviors.
People will look for success in the failure of others. This attitude undermines your relationships with your co-workers and sets up a hostile work environment. It may also weaken your chances for success. In addition, a lack of trust in your co-workers can harm your success as well as the company’s.
An environment where confidence in others, trust, cooperation and teamwork do exist, will guarantee your own success. Once the success of a colleague is not a menace, employees can achieve greater success personally and for the company.
4. Develop Loyalty To Your Career
Loyalty to your work is about commitment. It does not mean to stay forever in the first job you got. It is more about doing your best and challenging yourself for the improvement of your company and your career. This is the reason why you should always look for companies whose core values match your own. You have to believe in the work you are doing for as long as you are doing it.
Positivity, pride, loyalty and teamwork help you to do your best work, no matter the circumstances and you can thus overcome the challenges, stresses and negative attitudes that stand between you and career success and happiness.
According to the philosopher Epictetus, “It is our attitudes and reactions that give us trouble. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.”
So cultivate well these four attitudes to maximize your happiness and chances of success in the future.