|Your Success Thought for the Week of May 20, 2009
|Strengthen Focus to Heighten Results
We humans are such fascinating creatures. We have a myriad of patterns in our every day
living-some serve to move us forward, while many of the patterns we've established
for ourselves actually work against us. |
It's easy to identify the latter when they are
physical: we gain weight, so we alter
our pattern of eating; we feel sluggish, so we modify our vitamin or water
intake; we have problems sleeping, so we exercise more often or intensely.
What about thought patterns that aren't so easily
observed, the mental ones? I see mental
'focus' patterns in associates, clients and naturally in myself that, when
modified, produce dramatically heightened results. The key is to first identify
the pattern, and then to determine how well it's working for or against you.
Here are some examples.
Scenario: You're having an overall challenging day. Things are not jiving. You feel yourself
becoming more impatient with each new person, request and interruption.
Typical Focus: I'm
irritated with everyone and everything.
Things are moving in slow motion.
Why doesn't anyone simply do their job so that I can do mine?
I'm losing perspective on the results I am after. I'll breath and
regroup; I'll focus on the task at hand with a fresh new point of view. How can I do this? Perhaps I'll ask George for his take on this
strategy so I can get back on track.
It's never too late to start my day all over again. I need to lighten up.
time I ask Chloe to complete a task she complains about how much she has to
do. This makes me angry but I have no
other choice. She's the best at what she
does; it's just getting through that initial irritating phase of making the
request to her.
Typical Focus: Why
can't she just do what I ask? Why does
she make it so difficult for me? I've
talked to her about this but nothing seems to help. I'm angry and annoyed.
Apparently what I've tried hasn't worked. She is great at what she does. What haven't I tried? Perhaps if I acknowledge her more, ask more
questions about her interests and expertise, put my request in different words
or tone? Perhaps I'll ask her how she
likes to be motivated rather than assume I know how.
We have many choices regarding how to focus upon and thus
handle the challenges that take aim at us each day. We can choose emotions-perhaps curiosity
rather than anxiety. We can take more
responsibility in asking how we may have contributed to the results we are
We can choose humor: "Holy cow, how did it come to this?"
We can choose accountability over blame; choose to focus on the solution rather
than the problem. My personal favorite,
we can choose optimism rather than pessimism.
This week, challenge your patterns of focus when
challenged. Ask yourself how well this
focus is working for you and if a strengthened one might produce heightened
Enjoy your discoveries and
have a grand week.|
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