How to Create a More Positive Company Culture
By: Brian Tracy, co-author of Kiss that Frog: 21 Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives (Berrett-Koehler, 2012)
People have extraordinary mental powers that they seldom use that can bring them all the success and joy they want in life.
The truth is that they are where they are and what they are because of the way they think, which is largely habitual. When they change the way they think, they change both their inner life and outer life.
It is too easy for some people to stop taking in fresh, healthy, positive ideas and messages, rehashing and reliving negative thoughts and becoming generally negative and unmotivated about their lives. But this is not for you or your employees -- and certainly not something you want for your company culture.
You can teach your employees to deliberately feed their own minds with positive thoughts and images that start to make their life the way they want it -- enabling them to be more motivated employees.
A Reason for Everything
The Law of Cause and Effect says that every effect, or result, in a person's life has a specific cause. Nothing happens by accident. A person's life today is the result of all their previous thinking and could not be other than it is.
The Law of Sowing and Reaping, says, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." This law means that whatever a person is reaping today, in any area of their life, is the result of what they have sown in the past.
Teach your employees that if they want to get a different crop in the future, they have to sow different thoughts in the present. Their outer world is always a reflection of what they are thinking in the moment. "Garbage in, garbage out," as is said in the computer world. But "good in, good out" is also true.
When managing your team, remind them that fortunately, they have complete control over what they think, and by exercising that control, they can become a completely positive and productive person.
Programming and Reprogramming
A person's mind is like an extraordinary computer that they can preprogram to accomplish amazing things. Perhaps the most important application of the Law of Cause and Effect is "Thoughts are causes, and conditions are effects." This is why people become what they think about most of the time.
Ask your employees, "What do you think about most of the time?"
Positive, happy people think about what they want and how to get it most of the time. Unhappy negative people think about what they don't want and who is to blame most of the time.
Their goal should be to think about what they want, to program their mind so that they are functioning at their best and feeling terrific about themselves, most of the time.
Provide your employees with clearly-communicated positive goals and targets that are both achievable and challenging. Don’t be afraid to repeat your workplace communications often so that employees keep them foremost in their thoughts and actions.
The Power of Positive Affirmations
There is one key way to develop the mental habits of optimism and self-confidence. This is called the Power of Positive Affirmations -- you can teach this new, positive way of thinking to your employees.
Just as a person becomes what they are thinking about, they become what they talk about, what they say to themselves, most of the time.
With the power of affirmations, their potential is unlimited. When they repeat positive, uplifting words to themselves, they soon begin to take on a power of their own. They begin to think and feel in harmony with their new, positive messages, or programming.
Their new positive attitudes cancel out and repel negative thoughts and experiences. They develop a powerful "mental immune system."
As an employer, you can create positive mantras for employees -- which can be displayed around the office and shared in company emails and other communications.
The Three P's of Positive Affirmations
Teach your employees to phrase their affirmations in the three Ps:
- Positive tense
In the personal tense, they precede each mental command with the word "I." They say, for example, "I can do it!" or "I like myself!" or "I earn X number of dollars per year."
In the present tense, they state each affirmation as though the event is a current reality and has already happened. "I earn X number of dollars in 2012" or "I weigh X number of pounds."
Since their subconscious mind can only accept commands phrased in the present tense, these words are immediately accepted by their subconscious computer and begin working twenty-four hours per day.
The third P refers to the positive tense. A person's subconscious mind cannot process a negative command. They say, "I am a nonsmoker" rather than "I don't smoke anymore." They say, "I am patient and loving" rather than "I don't blow up anymore."
Adapt the three P’s in your own communication style with employees -- and soon you’ll have created a great place to work.
© 2012 Brian Tracy, co-author of Kiss That Frog: 12 Great Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work
Brian Tracy, co-author with Christina Tracy Stein of Kiss That Frog: 12 Great Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work, is chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International. As a keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year. He is the bestselling author of more than fifty books that have been translated into dozens of languages.