Is Positivity Sabotaging Your Success?

If you do a google search for positive quotes you will find 164 million results, #positive on Instagram has 7 million posts and Facebook has hundreds of group pages dedicated to positive outlooks, attitudes, and adventures. 
So I think it's pretty safe to say that positive thinking is a pretty important part of our lives.

But is positive thought holding us back from accomplishing our goals? 

A study, performed at New York University, looked at positive thought or what they called positive fantasy and compared it to positive expectations. 

**You guys know that positivity should maybe be my middle name, (Sven think in Happy Feet two is like my life mantra).**

So imagine my surprise when I found out that positive thought, or dreaming about a positive future will actually bring you worse results. Whether it is about a test, recovering for surgery, or even getting into a relationship. 

Positive expectations about what you think will happen, proved to align much more with higher success. 

Ok, so HOW can we bring more positive expectation into our lives? 

For that, we turned to another study at the National University of Singapore, who looked at willpower. 

And what is willpower other than ensuring that we act into the expectations we set for ourselves! 

They found that when clenching your muscles, you can act your body into having more willpower.

In other words, you can use your body to increase the chances that you will meet your expectations. BINGO!



So with both these things in mind, let's bring it back to how we can use these studies to improve our lives. Here are our top 3 takeaways for making positivity work for you.

  1. Try to create positive expectations, realistic positive outcomes, for yourself rather than solely dreaming of a perfect future.
  2. Take 1 small action each day towards meeting your expectations
  3. Channel your willpower! **Note: Willpower doesn't have to be only a mind game, use your muscles, either clenching your fist or forcing a smile to stay strong. 

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Share the quote of the day (well quote of the week really): 
Winners make a habit of manufacturing positive expectations. 



Comments on this post (2 comments)

  • Jessica says...

    Thanks Lauren! We are so glad you liked it. It’s amazing how such little changes can make such big differences!

    On February 25, 2016

  • Lauren says...

    I really liked this video! Helpful distinction between positive thoughts and expectations. I have never thought about it like this before. Thanks so much, Align!

    On February 25, 2016

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