In the words of Winnie the Pooh, I am in my thoughtful place. Yes, I am at Starbucks writing this post. Not only is the location my thoughtful place, but so is where I am mentally right now.
So, my thoughts for the day revolve around change, and how to move yourself from where you perceive you are, to where you want to be. This is easier said than done, however, it can be done.
It is easy to be like the crowd, and live in Negativeville, but it takes effort to move yourself from there. So, here are a couple of characteristics of Negativeville.
- Do you find yourself finger pointing and focusing on what others are doing, rather than what you are doing?
- Do your interactions with others generally focus about you, or your frustrations?
- You are not able to extract any positives from your day.
So, how do you attach a U-Haul to your tuchus, and move out of Negativeville and land in Pleasant Valley, or Positiveland. Hint: You don’t have to travel through Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Here are some perspectives that have helped me in the past. You may recognize some of these perspectives from baseball or other sports movies.
- Don’t think, it only hurts the team. Meaning, the more I over analyze the situation, the more negative energy I am wasting. Negative energy is draining and unproductive.
- I don’t have to be the center of attention. I can be a positive influence by working behind the scenes.
- When someone gives you a gift, thank them. In other words, be sincere and appreciative of the work of others. Whether or not this is reciprocated does not matter. Be true to yourself.
- Feed the monster! Everyone likes their ego stroked. By taking the time to do so, you ensure your number gets called.
- The greatest recognition that an athlete can receive is that they are recognized by their peers as great teammate, not that they hit the most home runs, or scored the most goals, etc. Be the great teammate.
In my thoughtful place, I am taking the time to listen and observe others. I keep my focus on what I am doing, not what others are doing. If someone has a perception that I may not agree with, I can’t change their perception with words, but I can with positive actions.
No one is perfect, however, if I strive to improve a consistently positive outlook, I may be able to perfect outcomes. If I focus on situational outcomes, results improve. Once results improve, I am at that point able to unhook that U-Haul from my tuchus and enjoy where I am.
Remember, your positive actions and attitudes can have a far reaching impact on those who you may not even be aware are paying attention to you. No matter how impactful you may perceive you are, I guarantee you are leaving an impression on someone, why not make it a positive one.
Have a great week!