I continue to peel back the onion on why things happen from a social scientist perspective (ok, maybe mad scientist perspective). Lately, I’ve focused on the hard wiring that took place in our bodies and minds thousands of years ago that are still there today. The environment has changed but the wiring remains the same.
So what actually happen when we accentuate the positive as opposed to focusing on the negative?
In research conducted by Richard Davidson, he found that:
¨ When we are upbeat and positive, the left pre-frontal area of the brain lights up
¨ This is the area that reminds us of how great we’ll feel when we accomplish a goal
¨ This leads to a feeling of happiness which fires off the ventral straitum in the center of the brain
¨ This is where dopamine hangs out and is released reminding us how great it will be to finish what we’ve started and nail that goal
OK, kind of technical as well as enlightening.
The more I read, whether it is about getting in better physical health, setting appropriate goals, becoming more efficient in sales or even a becoming a better parent all of the research comes back to the same thing—perspective.
What are the thoughts going through your head on a regular basis? Are they positive or negative.
Daniel Pink found that the best ratio of positive to negative thought is 3 or 4 to 1. More positive than negative. What are you doing to keep your thoughts in balance?
Whether you are a business owner/manager in North Carolina, Connecticut or Manilla, your outlook is the first step in determining your success.
If you need help keeping your thoughts on track, reach out to your local ActionCOACH business coach.
Have a great week,