Do you start your week off thinking positive, or negative? Do you find your productivity or performance feeling ‘off?’ How you start your day will determine how you successfully navigate and move through each day.
It’s been especially tough for leaders and their teams through these past Covid months which has led to a stressed-out workforce. It’s easy to take on a negative mindset but not as easy to keep a positive one. If you keep talking about how ‘bad’ things are or how much you can’t take this anymore, even in your head, then it will make you dread getting out of bed.
But, this doesn’t have to be the way you start each week. You developed this ‘bad habit’ by focusing on it. The good news? You can do the same to flip the switch and have happier, more productive days and ones you enjoy getting up for.
I am a big believer in being positive, although I have to admit I have to fight off the negativity myself – everyone does. While there are many tools to do so, I’m going to focus on one of the best ways I have found to keep thinking positive which helps me to have a better attitude and outlook so I can focus on my goals and get things done.
Using positive or motivational affirmations is a great tool to change brain thinking. Affirmation are short phrases, or sentences, that are said either daily or more often. These affirmations are basically reprogramming your brain to automatically think more positively versus negatively.
We have to “train” our brains, which is a muscle that needs attention. It used to be said that it takes 30 days before a habit to become ingrained; Dr. Srini Pilay, a neuropsychiatrist, says that it now takes anywhere from 60-days to a year to develop new habits, mainly that we have unlearn the old behavior, we have to practice the new change, which can get deterred due to distractions, and we can’t magically push a button to make it happen.
Here are a few affirmations to get you started:
- I will have a productive week
- I am successful in all I do
- I am confident and capable
- I will face my fears and think positively
- I am successful
- My day goes effortless
- I have the choice to make my day what I create it to be
If you don’t like any of these, then come up with your own, as there are many apps and books on this subject. The point is to find one(s) that inspires you. Give it a try and make the commitment to work on your personal development and, before-long, you will find yourself taking more action, feeling more confident, and reaching your goals.
One of our services in executive coaching is supporting leaders and teams with stress management and well-being, which is available to their team. If you’re ready to stop the struggle, contact us today. Hope you have a successful week!