This morning I caught the train into the city. It was just before 8:00am and there were quite a few people jostling to get to the platform before the train arrived. All of a sudden, a woman’s voice drowned out all other general noise. She was having a conversation with someone on the other end of her phone call. Everyone’s attention was drawn to her immediately because she was so loud. My attention, however, went straight to what she was actually saying.
‘What a f#%king horrible morning! I’ve left my lunch and travel card at home and then was late, just missing the train I wanted. (Pause) No, luckily there is another one in two minutes.’
I smiled to myself as I walked past her. It was a glorious winter morning, crisp with the sun shining brightly. There were no clouds to be seen. I’d been up early, completed my accessories (gym) training, had breakfast, a shower, dressed, said my hellos and goodbyes to my husband and daughter and made it to the train station with two minutes to spare before the train arrived. #winning
Mindset is a wonderful thing. You literally have the ability to create your reality. I could have focused on the fact I got up at 5:30am; only having approximately 5 hours’ sleep; only completed half of my accessories training; ate only 3/4’s of my breakfast; threw on the first thing I saw from my closet; saw my husband and daughter for only 10mins before I left, or that it was cold and there were way too many people on the train. I chose, however, to see the positives in the day so far. This woman on her phone obviously did not.
Science tells us it takes three positive thoughts to counteract every one negative thought we have. You think about how many negative thoughts you have in a day, an hour, a minute. You can be in deficit from the moment you wake up! And then if you are in a bad mood, how do these thoughts affect how you treat the people around you?
At your next meeting, spend the first ten minutes tracking how many negative comments are discussed and focused on:
- Who didn’t meet their target?
- Who’s fault was it that a task didn’t get done?
- What’s the excuse for a decrease in numbers?
And that’s just three examples … nine positive thoughts deficit we’ve racked up already!
High performers look for the opportunities in every situation. Think about how else we can approach the above scenario:
- What can we do to help that person meet their sales target this month?
- Who is capable/willing to complete said task?
- What is another option for getting the numbers back up?
Quite often the task or issue isn’t anywhere near as daunting when you look for the opportunities it presents rather than the roadblocks. After all, without roadblocks we wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn something new … another positive thought right there!
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