Thinking optimistically and spotting opportunities are the first 2 parts of our strategy to create your own luck. This week we focus on the last element, taking responsibility.
- Think optimistically
- Spot opportunities
- Take responsibility
Before we move into action, let’s recap on the first 2 stages;
|Think optimistically||Frame negative experiences as temporary and specific|
Frame positive experiences as permanent and universal
|Spot Opportunities||Anticipate the positive potential in events and take advantage|
· Define the situation
· Brainstorm initial opportunities
· Generate alternative opportunities
Taking responsibility and moving to mindful action
Taking responsibility means taking control of the situation and generating actions. You’ve identified your best opportunities, so let’s take them and start turning them into results. Three important steps to think about
- Consider the situation and your goal.
- List the actions you can take to get the result you want – what can you do about it?
- Carry out your actions mindfully, with focus.
Write stuff down
A big part of this is writing these situations, goals, actions and desired results down. The process of writing tends to slow you down and create a more mindful approach. This in turn helps you be present in the situation and give it your full attention. Write down your actions and put them in a prominent place so you can see them. Create a couple of themes for yourself that not only remind you of your goals and actions, but help you stay optimistic, focused and apply a mindful approach.
Practice, practice, practice
It sounds easy but if your normal day is anything like mine, it’s all too easy to lose that clear focus approach within 5 minutes of sitting down at your desk and opening up your email. Our attention gets pulled in all directions and a day typically will pass with very few of our original priorities being accomplished.
The good news is you can train your brain to avoid this by incorporating a few top tips into your working day and practicing. Here are our top 5;
- Remember that you can choose the way you think – so try to think optimistically
- Start your day off right. Instead of jumping (or dragging) yourself out of bed, when you wake spend 2 minutes in bed simply noticing your breath. As thoughts of the coming day pop into your head, let them go and return to your breath.
- Practice spotting opportunities, and develop alternative opportunities. Go for quantity over quality at first – you can always ditch some later when you start to select the best options.
- Create some space for yourself by getting away from your mobile phone. Nothing ruins your focus like constant notifications and messages on your phone. If you really want to give 100% to something, turn it off.
- When you get to work try to take 10 minutes to boost your brain, create focus and raise awareness through a short mindful short exercise like the one below. The trick here is turning a new experience into a habit. Once it becomes a habit you’ll start to notice the changes.
Remember, we create our own luck!
Here’s this weeks tried and tested exercise to help you on your mindful journey.
Work can be a stressful place but use these 6 techniques and ideas to keep yourself looking on the bright side.
- Be constructive. Giving yourself cruel and unwarranted criticisms will not only put you in a bad mood it surely won’t help you improve either. Be constructive in your criticisms of yourself so you can grow and learn.
- Visualize a successful outcome. Sometimes it can be helpful to picture yourself completing a project successfully or getting the promotion you desire. This can encourage you and make you feel better about the situation.
- Sit up straight. Slouching down in your chair isn’t going to make you feel any better about anything that’s bothering you. Sit up straight in your chair and see if it improves your thinking.
- Surround yourself with positive images. Make your desk your own private happy getaway. Put up pictures of things that make you happy or that remind you of your goals to create a calming and positive environment.
- Relax and let things happen. Sometimes the best way to deal with problems is to relax and let them take their course. Things can often appear to be a bigger deal than they really are and reminding yourself of this can help you to relax and not feel so stressed.
- See it from another point of view. Change your pattern of thought by trying to see things from another point of view, whether it’s your coworkers, your bosses or just someone impartial. It can help you see where you went wrong and understand why others might be upset.