Positive thinking in problem solving

Research shows that people who think positive have a greater capacity to take on board new information. Having positive thoughts about a problem brings the ‘Can DO’ attitude. Positive thinking frees the mind of these and helps you look at the possibilities. Negative thoughts weaken the brain’s capacity to think broadly and find creative solutions.

A popular story goes like this:

Two sales executives from the shoe industry have been sent to explore a possible emerging market in Africa. Both were eager to seize any opportunities.

A month later each returned to report on their observations. Both executives noted that hardly anybody in the country they’d visited wore shoes.

The first executive had been frustrated at a wasted journey, and reported that there was no demand for shoes, and therefore no sales opportunity.

This story illustrates a stark difference in viewpoint. Both executives saw the same situation but while one saw opportunities, the other saw only problems.

Mind zooms in on what you focus. You focus on the problem, mind zooms in and the problem grows bigger, instead you focus on the solutions or possibilities, the mind zooms in on the solutions/possibilities.

Seeing things differently is a characteristic of leadership we discuss in another article. Astute leadership begins with adopting a mindset which focuses on possibilities rather than on issues or problems. This possibility thinking is then translated into the right language: possibility speaking, by using questions such as:

  • What if…?
  • Wouldn’t it be great/wonderful if..?
  • How might we…?
  • Why not?

Therefore you need to be positive in any situation. you will be happy if you think positive .

Start thinking in a positive way for any situation/problem that comes into your life

If you have someone who gets overwhelmed by a problem; find solutions by adapting a positive approach towards it.

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