Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Holding on to Hope

Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Holding on to Hope

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Find your focus. Jane Tomlinson was brimming with hope, despite being given only six months to live.

Seven years later, she'd completed some of the world's most gruelling challenges for charity, saying her job as a mum had fuelled her fight Find your reason to look forward.

Think yourself lucky. Psychologists Seligman and Schulman found in 1986 that insurance agents with an optimistic outlook sold 37% more insurance than the pessimists.

Reframe. The only thing that all successful people have in common is that they made mistakes (lots of them). See setbacks as an opportunity to learn.

Count your blessings. Positivist psychologists have found that hope is both influenced by circumstances and a trait that can be learned. Strengthen your natural disposition by regularly writing down the positive things that happen to you. Whether it's spending a relaxing evening with friends or persuading the board to take on your proposal, think through how your actions made these events possible. …

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