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Turning Eeyore into Mary Poppins

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If you’re the office Eeyore who says, “We tried that before and it didn’t work,” highlighting the negatives isn’t likely to get you noticed—at least, not in a good way. Your colleagues will probably avoid you entirely to escape your outlook. And the person who sees the positive possibilities is more likely to get the promotion over the naysaying Eeyore.

Instead of pointing out the downside, try using these tactics:

Condition yourself to expect positive results by making “ideal statements.” Example: “So, ideally, this new plan will help us learn more about our customers and help do away with mistakes.”

Voice support of someone else’s good idea during a meeting, rather than throwing up a roadblock (and watch them return the favor in the future).

Check the odds you give for a good result
against those of your co-workers. If yours are lower than everyone else’s, you’re probably being too negative.

Take stock the next time you start to assume that something will turn out badly, and make a mental list of all the pros (even if you have to force yourself to find them) and cons to take a more objective look at the situation.

Avoid these complaints: “Why doesn’t somebody …?”, “Just once, I’d like to see …”, “When are they ever going to …?”, “Here we go again,”  “Well, this is typical.”

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