It’s easy in life, and in your profession as a translator, to focus on the negative.
There are a lot of people that I meet that focus on everything that is going bad in their lives and have a hard time being positive.
In fact, I was talking to a colleague the other day and I couldn’t believe that practically everything that came out of her mouth was a downer.
Her work was uninspiring.
She didn’t like her boss.
The traffic was always terrible.
She didn’t have anything good to say and I her outlook on her life, both socially and professionally, was affected.
All for the worse.
Why You Shouldn’t Focus on the Negative
Focusing on the negative will never lead to anything good in your life. The reason is because you’ll be so focused on the bad that you won’t ever see the good in your life. You’ll never take a minute to see the positive things in your life.
When you focus on the negative:
- you alienate other people because nobody likes a negative Nancy
- you stunt your own growth because you’re never looking forward
- you don’t see opportunities for growth
- you think everyone is out to get you
- you’re always reactive and never proactive
- you always think you’re a victim
- you don’t learn to take responsibility for your own actions and results
In essence, when you focus on the negative, you don’t progress.
And progression is the key to happiness.
When we progress towards our goals, our happiness increases and we have more room for success.
So what does this mean specifically for you as a translator?
It means that when you focus your thoughts on the positive, you will find that you are a more successful translator.
You will find more and better clients, for instance.
In addition, your confidence will grow.
How to Focus on the Positive as a Translator
Next, try these:
- Assume noble intent from your clients
- Treat your customers with respect
- Don’t assume everyone wants to screw you over
- Go the extra mile for your customers (overdeliver)
- Say positive affirmations to yourself every morning
- Smile more
- Exercise regularly
- Think of your successes and accomplishments
- Remind yourself why you became a translator in the first place
- Write thank-you notes to those you work with
These are just some things you can do to try to change your mindset to a positive one.
Do it and see if your outlook changes and how that affects your results.
Then let me know below in the comments.
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