Thanks to the marketing phenomenon of books like The Secret, it’s almost become widely accepted public opinion that positive thinking leads to positive outcomes in both our professional and personal lives. But, as it turns out, negative thinking has its benefits too. In fact, there might be more to the power of negative thinking than meets the eye.
Some of the most successful Fortune 500 companies in the marketplace today have implemented negative thinking into their professional ethos. By having employees constantly envision the worst possible outcome for everything from their latest marketing plans to product development, these businesses are always prepared to handle even the worst possible consequences of a job well or poorly done. Called a “premortem,” imagining the worst possible outcome before it happens allows businesses to have a strategy to deal with what could go wrong before it does — therefore ensuring that even the most horrific consequence has an escape plan.
Better still, given that the worst possible results rarely happen, everyone from bosses to low-ranking employees feels good about the conclusion of their latest initiatives when they tend to fall closer to success on the scale than they do to failure, leading to a more optimistic work atmosphere in general.
Anyone can apply these rules easily to both the office or personal life circumstances. Stop doubting the power of negative thinking and start embracing the very power of doubt.
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