We all have our bad days, days when we feel like the world is falling down around our feet, and we’re losing control. If you feel bad days are becoming more and more common, then maybe it’s time to change the way you think.
If you’ve been struggling to achieve your targets this could be due to the way you’re thinking. If you’re a glass half empty kind of person this will come across to others that you interact with. A recruiter’s job is one based on sales, selling a business to a candidate and in turn, selling a candidate to the business. If you’re constantly being pessimistic and focusing on what can go wrong, it will be difficult to attract the top talent, and in turn, fulfil your clients’ recruitment needs.
Don’t worry though; making a few small changes to the way you think will ensure you smash those sales targets!
How to Change Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones
One of the most important things to do when changing your attitude is to stop thinking negative thoughts. We all have negative thoughts but it is those of us who linger on them that will struggle to overcome them. The more you listen to those negative voices in your head, the more real they become. One thing to remember though is that they are only thoughts, not facts and you can change your reaction to them.
It’s easy enough to tell someone to stay positive when they’re feeling down. But how does a person actually alter the way they think? Human brains are trained to automatically go into defence mode when something goes wrong - this is the flight or fight mode we hear all so often. In order to change our reaction to negativity, we have to learn to differentiate real threats from imagined ones. A good place to start? Each time you have a negative thought, write it down and look at what went wrong. Is it really as bad as your imagination tells you it is? Chances are… it’s not.
In recruitment, there are many challenges that may leave you feeling negative such as losing a great candidate to another recruiter. Of course, this is distressing at the time but instead of dwelling on the negatives, think of something positive you did that day. Perhaps you secured a new client or successfully prepped a candidate for an interview. Anytime you feel a negative thought creeping into your head try replacing it with something that makes you smile!
Becoming a more positive person will not only improve your health but improve your career and personal life too!
The Benefits of Positive Thinking
It’s contagious – Like a yawn, if someone sees you coming into the room with a spring in your step and a smile on your face it will rub off on them.
It helps you to solve problems – If you are already thinking in a positive way when you come across a problem then you will find it easier to solve.
Improves performance – Recruitment is a tough industry and those who work in it are always looking for ways to improve their performance. There are lots of technology and software out there but one of the things that will improve your performance the most, and doesn’t cost anything, is positive thinking. If you’re in a good mood you will be more creative, more conscious in the moment, and more energetic than if you’re feeling low.
Improves health – It’s well documented that positive thinking improves your health. If you’re healthy and happy in your work then you will be able to achieve anything you set your mind too.
Improves relationships – The most important aspect of being a recruiter is building up long-lasting relationships with both clients and candidates. If you’re one of those people that walks into a room and instantly brightens it up, people will be drawn to you and not the recruiter hiding in the corner that never smiles!
If you have been struggling to achieve your targets, think about what you can do to improve and don’t dwell too much on what went wrong. Positive thinking breeds success, and, if you incorporate this into your daily life, you’ll smash those targets and achieve anything you set your mind to!
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Jenna is a freelance writer and journalist. When she's not at the keyboard Jenna likes to follow politics and current affairs and loves a good debate!