Live happier and better: positive attitude, change thinking patterns


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Just dare something! Julia Malchow, who took a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway with her little son, shows how. Your example can be wonderfully transferred to our everyday life. Here too, positive thinking and courage often encounter resistance and prejudice.

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Just be more optimistic! Is it that easy?

There are days when you only have to log in to Facebook briefly to blaspheme about the nonsense you've just found on the Internet. And on which you then really brilliant in your timeline Article finds that whole mindsets can break open. So in the end you decide to write about both together.

In order: Apart from the absurdity that Coca-Cola maintains a so-called happiness institute in Berlin of all places (of course as a PR gag, what else is it good for?), The same company has now in a survey of over 1.000 Germans found out: 37 percent of those surveyed would like to be more optimistic. It is even 41 percent among women. That says a lot about the mood in our country. And I spontaneously thought: Well then seidema it easy!

Positive thinking is also a productivity tool, without which no change is possible

But it doesn't seem that easy - or does it? After all, positive thinking is a very powerful productivity tool, and the power of self-fulfilling prophecy can either drive or paralyze us.

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In larger companies or organizations in particular, it can be observed time and again that entire departments are paralyzed by negative convictions that have crept in over the years. I find that again and again during advice or in personal conversations with employees. And that is often the reason why the much-cited change doesn't work. Because the first reaction to a new idea is always: “Forget it; that has never worked and will never work. ”

Anyone who tries something new is looked at crookedly

But this also applies to our everyday life and daily life. That is precisely the attitude that resonates against each of us when you do something that is new or different, that is, acts innovatively - even if only on a small scale.

Despite all adversity, it is important to maintain positive thinking and to motivate yourself again and again. And this is exactly where the example cited above comes into play. Because even if it is a completely different area, it is a great example of optimism - but also with a lot of reflection about the fact that our society often lacks optimism.

The opinion of the others: Alone with a child through Siberia?

Julia Malchow was optimistic and courageous because she did something that many in Germany don't even dare to think about: she and her 10-month-old son Levi took a three-month trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. First from Munich to St. Petersburg, then with the Trans-Siberian to Lake Baikal as far as Mongolia; The final destination was Beijing. Alone, only she and the child. And she wrote a book about that.

By the way, the two later went on a world tour. On their website, which is aptly titled “Don't think, travel!” Julia Malchow describes the reactions she got to her project:

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“Friends, acquaintances, strangers will look at you without understanding in the most pleasant case and insult you as an irresponsible selfish person in the most unpleasant case. When asked about the exact dangers for the child, nothing comes, except: you don't do that. The volume and sharpness of the criticism increases inversely in proportion to the travel experience of the critics. ”

Why do we lack optimism so often?

I also liked this quote so much because you can easily transfer it to many other situations in which you want to do something new and different: If you start to question the arguments that sound so logical to the other side, not much comes. But the less idea there is, the stronger the resistance.

If you browse Malchow's website a little and read the various articles from and about Malchow, you quickly realize that this trip also deliberately wanted to break with well-established thinking, role models and clichés. So she writes: "On my trip with Levi as a baby, I was able to leave the everyday life of German as a mother overloaded with rules and beliefs." Because it is precisely thanks to the many false beliefs that positive thinking is so often lost and that stress takes the upper hand instead.

Positive thinking as a disruptive factor, creativity as an illness?

Elsewhere, Malchow sums up why we lose so much positive thinking in Germany. And again, in my opinion, the family example can be transferred to many other areas. Positive thinking is also a disturbing factor. The only thing that strikes me is the former IBM manager Professor Dr. Gunter Dueck, who once said in the Bundestag: "Creativity is considered an illness." You get the impression if you read at Malchow:

“In my opinion, we have a value problem in Germany: children, mothers, families are underestimated. They are more of a disruptive factor, stop the smooth operation and should behave as inconspicuously as possible. In general, our life here is too focused on smooth functioning instead of individual life. In addition, the classic concept of the 'good mother' still dominates in German minds, who is essentially there for the child for the first one to three years of life, puts her own needs behind and overprotects the child. And then the way in which the world of work is organized in Germany and the standards that define career and success in Germany are not necessarily people-friendly or even baby-friendly. ”

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Feel fear but still do it

If you start a new project, realize your own ideas or just want to work productively, you don't necessarily have to travel with a baby through Siberia to get a new perspective. However, it helps a lot to leave established patterns of thinking and to make things new and different from time to time to get away from negative beliefs, social prejudices and internal and external critics. Or what Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®Author Dr Cornelia Topf wrote so beautifully in a post: “Feel the fear and do it anyway!”

Ultimately, this courage is what is important and what drives us to change: in our everyday life, at work, as an employee in a company or as an independent boss - and ultimately as a whole society. Because where should the system-related changes come from if we don't change what makes us unhappy and constricting?


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