The Skill of Positive Presence is your natural ability to adjust for and create a positive and energized mindset within yourself through conscious thought processes.
Our proficiency for Positive Presence is different for each of us …. greatly dependent on our life experiences, on our beliefs, and on the paradigm within which we live. For many of us, our thought patterns are automatic and we give them little notice …. but if we want to give them notice, and if we consciously practice how we think, our brain will re-wire for that, and the new process becomes automatic again (unconscious, if you will…)… in really no time at all!
We all know the human form is a complex chemical manufacturing plant for energy – neuro-chemical electro-magnetic energy, to be exact. Relatively recent research in the neurosciences has shown there is this continuous looping and re-looping of energy both positive and negative, between our two dominant human energy fields — the heart and the brain.
It is this looping and re-looping of energy that makes each of us a unique individual. Joseph Chilton Pearce, in his book “The Heart-Mind Matrix” refers to studies showing that when our energy is positive we are experiencing positive thoughts and feelings such as kindness, happiness, optimism and love….and on the flip side when thoughts and/or feelings are negative (like, anger, frustration, jealousy, and cynicism) … our energy is also negative. Pearce also explains linkage between positive energy (positive thoughts and feelings) and an increased ability to ‘connect’ and ‘mesh’ with others …. an increased ability to work together, if you will. So it takes a positive energy flow for people to be tuned into one another and to work together collaboratively.
Evidence is coming forth suggesting too, that a person’s negativity not only diminishes the benefits of someone else’s positive flow … it can counteract it altogether. Our brain determines what we think, what we feel, what we say, and what we do. To ensure survival, our brain evolved a negativity bias, described by Dr. Rick Hanson in his book “Hardwiring Happiness”, as “making it like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones.” The good news is — every one of us has the ability to re-wire (through the neuroplasticity of our brain) for positive thought habits … and even better – unlike most everything else as we age — our ability to do this, if we have a healthy mind, does not diminish with age!
So, when we are in a positive flow of energy …. It is then that we are able to really connect and mesh within our self, and with others. What’s more, the more time we spend in a positive flow, the greater our capacity for achieving peak performance, for building and maintaining good relationships, for experiencing good health.
With the enormous advances over the last decade in neuro-imaging technology (watching the electro-magnetic activity in our brain) …. research in the field of neuroscience has exploded. Neuroscientists looking at cognitive functioning and behavior have suggested, simply put:
• We can assess our personal energy flow through our feelings.
• Feelings such as happiness and optimism can be linked to a positive energy flow, and feelings such as anger and frustration can be linked to a negative energy flow
• We can change our feelings with our thoughts.
• It is through our thought process that we choose how to behave.
• And the bottom line is …. the measurable result of a person’s energy flow is reflected by one’s choice of behavior.
So it is that in order to develop a collaborative and productive workforce one of the key performance indicators will be workplace behaviour.