Positive Thinking & Career Goals


To reach your destination, you must know where you want to go and formulate a path to get there. Setting goals increases the likelihood of taking your career to the next level. Even the best-laid plans encounter the occasional bump in the road. Your frame of mind can make the difference between reaching your goals and failure.


The little voice inside your head can cause a lot of negativity. You know the one. It plants doubt and causes you to second-guess yourself. You can use positive self-talk to aid you in your success. Instead of dwelling on “what-ifs” or doubting your abilities, change the way you mentally speak to yourself. Changing the mental dialogue you engage in goes a long way in building self-confidence and helping you achieve your career goals.

Weed Out the Toxins

People who hold a negative attitude tend to inspire the same negativity in others. If you have people in your life who put down your thoughts or feed your self-doubt, take a step away from them. Surround yourself with people who support your goals and bolster your self-esteem.

Moving Into Action

When you think in a more positive manner, you call yourself to action. Instead of wallowing in all the reasons you cannot reach your career goals, change the way you approach the situation. Positive thinking leads you to ask yourself how you can get around an obstacle. Looking for solutions under the belief that solutions do exist makes a huge difference in the outcome of your struggles.

Get More Done

Gossiping in the workplace causes lost productivity and tension between colleagues. Adopting a positive attitude allows you to remove yourself from the water cooler gossip and reduces your stress level. While co-workers spend time gossiping and spreading negativity, you can use your time to get more work done. Your efforts will not go unnoticed, and it could mean a promotion or a new door open to you.

Re-frame Your Perspective

At times, you cannot change the circumstances or avoid a problematic situation. Choose to re-frame your perspective. Making a decision to view something in the best possible light enables you to control your response to a situation over which you possess no control. For example, choosing to view criticism as an opportunity to learn can lead to personal and career growth. Re-framing your perspective allows you to let go of issues falling outside of your control and frees up your energy for more productive things.

About this Author

Jenny Good began writing in 1995, focusing on health, children, marketing, social issues and business. Her work has appeared on The Life Coach for Women, Seductive Lyrics and The Pregnancy Life Coach. Good has taken extensive coursework in medicine and holds a Bachelor Arts in elementary childhood education from Urbana University.