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#2TIPS4TUES: Optimism FTW

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Efficiency is the name of the game at Agents of Efficiency (obviously) so we’re making it even more efficient for you to improve your business. Every week, we sort through all the boring stuff to bring you only the best tips from the wide world of the web. For this week’s #2tips4tues, we explore the value of optimism.

 

Choose Your Words Wisely

Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’re already looking at the glass half full. Optimism is a trait entrepreneurs are known for. We see the best in the world. As Megan Wycklendt writes, much of this comes down to the language we use. “The words that we use have a lot more power than we think. How you talk about your life is how your life will be. Your mind hears what you say. If you describe your life as boring, busy,  mundane, chaotic, that is how you will perceive it and you will feel the effects in your body and mind. If you use the words simple, involved, familiar or lively, you will see your life in a whole different light and find more enjoyment in the way you chose to shape your life.” She also cites a study that found a correlation between positive attitude and earnings potential — more proof a positive outlook is worth your while!

 

Keeping Your Head Above Water

We entrepreneurs are also familiar with failures big and small. The best tool in our arsenal to overcome failure is remaining optimistic. This approach helps us stay elevated above setbacks and obstacles, and it keeps us true to our venture’s mission and focused on solving problems rather than succumbing to negativity. A great article in Entrepreneur.com discusses the push and pull from the negative to the positive and the outcome this has on solving problems: “Negative emotions diminish the brain’s capacity to think broadly and find creative solutions. The vise grip of fear and stress and the emotions they generate — anger, blame, panic, resentment, shame — limit thought to a narrow field that obscures options. ‘Positive emotions help speed recovery from negative emotions,’ says Barbara Fredrickson, author of Positivity and a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. When people can self-generate a positive emotion or perspective, that enables them to bounce back. It’s not just that you bounce back and then you feel good — feeling good drives the process.’”