I’m releasing an eBook entitled, “Mastering Your Mindset: Nine Negative Habits that Hold Executives Back and How to Break Them for Accelerated Business Performance. It will be available within the next 30 days, but today I want to talk about three of them. The three I’ll discuss are very common in our world of work as well as in our personal life.
Here are my first three negative thinking habits:
#1. Living in the past. This habit hyper focuses on events from the past and determines to make sure it never happens again. Ladies and gentlemen, this is smart and pragmatic, but when taken to an extreme and neglects looking at what is possible in the future you’re bringing the past into the present and soiling the present. Do you bring the past with you, even if it’s not serving you well?
#2. Using defeatist language. Do you use language such as “I have to do this, I must do this or I can’t do that?” When you use contractions at the beginning of a sentence it always ends negatively. I suggest that defeatist language in the world of work creates a defeatist mindset, and when you have a defeatist mindset, you never perform at your very highest level.
#3. Living in fear. Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll raise my hand and say that at times I’ve lived in fear. It’s one of the worst negative thinking patterns I’ve used and it wore me down. Living in fear is irrational, because what we fear 99.5% of the time is not going to kill us. We don’t live on the Serengeti and have to chase our food and kill it to feed ourselves. We have to go to the local market and purchase our dinner. Fear in some instances is justified, but not the majority of the time. Fear inhibits our ability to make better choices and to address our issues in a healthy way.
These three negative thinking patterns will be addressed in more detail along with six more. Over the next four weeks you’re going to have the opportunity to receive a copy and work through the success strategies. It’s something I’m proud of and hope it will improve the quality of your professional and personal life.
Monday Morning Mindset Challenge:
Do you see any of those in the world of work and with your colleagues? Do you see any of those with yourself? What’s one thing you can do today to jettison or reduce your use of this thinking pattern?