Google searches for “ how to get your brain to focus ” have increased 300% since February. I thought it was just me! The good news is that things are reopening. But there is a big BUT with that. With more of us leaving our homes, returning to work, and eating at restaurants, the new normal is equal parts joy and relief mixed with heightened anxiety and deepening stress from not knowing what is to come. The earth beneath us still feels shaky. Psychologists call it crisis fatigue. The body is well adapted to handle temporary stresses, but it can get overwhelmed by the constant, unrelenting pressures of this difficult year. Someone said: ‘Don’t waste a good pandemic. Use it as a profound moment in each of our lives.’ Here are two things that have had a profound effect on my mental state and helped me combat the difficulties and distractions of the day:
Bring predictability back to your week. Calendar time to take care of your health and mindset with daily exercise and a gratitude practice.
Work to be the role model you want to be.
That may sound weird at first, but think about it. Like Nike says, ‘ Just Do it ’. Do something no matter how small in pursuit of furthering your goals, your business and personal expectations. Be deliberate about it. Be that person you want to be! Being a role model to yourself may be that game changer for you. Now is not the time to fly under the radar. Don’t get lost in the sea of sameness of others. Instead learn to surf and ride the waves. If you want to make an impact, there is nothing stopping you but for excuses. Let's not throw our hands up to the lack of control. Take back the control by doing one thing today and then another tomorrow to add to your life's body of your work. One of my favorite things this week is a Forbes article written and with images from illustrator Jennifer Hagy. Two of the images from the article are here. So simple yet so big. Such a good reminder that when we are role models to ourselves the impact is incremental. ‘Doing only what is expected of you is a great way to fly under the radar and sink into a funk. Taking on other tasks, other hobbies, other practices: those are the things that get you to better places.’
Think about the compounding effect of what you put out there and what you get back for it. Doing more in service of others, serves us so much more. "If you think - I can do better, you're right. If you think - there has to be a better way - there is. The guilty feeling that you could be and do so much more? That's your future, more amazing self, begging for a chance." You amazing future is calling you to be your very best role model. A few of my favorite things this week: Forbes Article: HERE Think Courageously PODCAST 3 Phrases to Stop Using at Work: HERE The Power of Language: HERE
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