How does one generate positivity? And why is it important that we are positive in our approach to work? Positivity at an individual level generates its own power, its own energy and contributes directly to well-being, motivation and satisfaction.
Work is as natural to human beings as breathing. We feel bored, dissatisfied if we cannot contribute to the world in some meaningful way. Working in a large and complex system can be challenging and staying positive in our working lives may not be possible all of the time. However the negative voice if sustained, amplified and uninterrupted can be destructive to emotional wellbeing and effective team working. Rather than looking at the larger picture, bring your focus to your centred self. This is where you have core influence and can make meaningful change.
One positive is to focus on the principle of service. Ask yourself ‘Why did I want this job?’ ‘What was my original motivation?’ There is a myriad of reasons that individuals work to deliver public healthcare. Identify what matters to you. These are your values and motivators. From numerous communications sessions across the system, the top three key messages from staff are | Making a difference | Helping People | Improving and Innovating Health Services
A positively oriented employee is one that will be solution focussed rather than continually identifying problems. This leads to innovation, resilience, affirmative results and a happier, healthier work environment. These are career enhancing outcomes.
Finally, being positive is not just important for your health; it matters to your clients and patients, their families, your colleagues and the wider service. We all have a part to play. Asking ‘Did I make a difference this week in my work?’ and being able to answer ‘Yes’ generates ongoing positivity; it is simultaneously self fulfilling and rewarding. Negativity cannot persist where you decide to work with a positive mindset.
“I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original centre” (Seamus Heaney, The Paris Review, 1997)