All too often people think in terms of what’s not working as opposed to what’s working. They see the proverbial glass as being half empty as opposed to half full and expect the worst will happen. There are nine negative consequences to this type of thinking.
1. Our mindset shifts to playing not to lose as opposed to playing to win.
2. Our energy plummets as does the energy of those we interact with.
3. Our customers become reticent to engage with us fully.
4. Our ability to use our talents and skills in compelling and powerful ways is diminished.
5. We live in a place of scarcity as opposed to abundance.
6. Our creativity dries up.
7. Our personal relationships suffer.
8. Our health and well-being are eroded.
9. We attract even more of what we are thinking about.
I’m not suggesting that when there is an issue that is negatively affecting you, your team or your performance you stick your head in the sand and avoid the issue.
What I am suggesting is that even in the face of downturns, setbacks and the loss of your biggest advantage, there is an opportunity to convert what isn’t working into something that works even better.
Don’t believe me? Think of Viktor Frankl and his experience in German concentration camps and recounted in his book Man’s Search for Meaning. Think of Thomas Edison and his 10,000 experiments with the storage battery. Think of Wilma Rudolph who contracted polio at age four and went on to win three gold medals at the Olympics.
Today, find one thing that you find exemplary, excellent or inspiring and keep that in the front of your thinking all day. Use it as a meditation of sorts for what is possible and what’s been achieved by yourself or others.
If you do, not only will you enjoy the day more, but you will accomplish more and be an exemplar to others.
What is the one thing you will focus on today?