Do you remember the last time you faced a major setback–when you felt so low, that nothing seemed to make you happy? No matter how hard you tried, you just felt like the world was against you. Perhaps it was a bad relationship or the loss of a loved one… maybe something bad happened at work? Whatever it may be, could you recall how your attitude was towards that situation? Unfortunately, some people can remain in that terrible situation for weeks, months or even years; while others may come out strong and ready to start over–or continue from where they left off–fairly quickly. Your response to situations around you is a determinant of how you bounce back from that situation. Here’s how:
Find your inner coach
What you think about yourself, your abilities, financial gains (or losses) and your assessment of your ability to succeed become what you might actively live out. Actions follow thoughts. To be successful, choose your thoughts wisely and deliberately. When your attitude is unproductive and you need to shift from a negative thought pattern, draw upon your inner coach: reprogram fearful, defeatist thinking toward thoughts charged with power, conviction, and faith. Focus on your ability to meet your goals.
Discover what motivates you to take action. Think back to what has inspired you to make changes in your life and pursue your goals. Knowing why you do what you do is vital to your current motivation and passion. Is your incentive financial gain? Is it self-preservation, stability, anger or fear? Having clear incentives can instantly shift your attitude to a positive one.
Select benchmarks to help you visualise goals so they seem to be right before you as you strive to develop your skills. To maintain an attitude of enthusiasm, create benchmarks of success and think about them intentionally and consistently. The more deeply you believe a goal will come to pass, the more likely it will be.
When challenges surface in business, you might experience a loss of control over emotions and thoughts. To remain optimistic, discipline your mind to stay clear of catastrophic thoughts and what if the slippery slope of anxiety.
Anxiety is simply fear projected forward
Remind yourself that a “what if” is not happening now: It is just a story. Focus on what you can control right now. Each thought is a seed you plant that programs your attitude and your subsequent behavior. To keep a great attitude, learn to focus your mind on solutions, not problems.
Create a positive impression
To reach your peak potential on the climb to success, be driven and shrewd but also happy and enjoyable to work for and with. The heights of success attained grow the more infectious your energy appears to other people.
Show your hunger
Be hungry for success. That way a natural eagerness will permeate your attitude. It will seem that you cannot wait to get to work and put that hunger into motion. This hunger becomes the emotional speaker of the house. This energy serves as the driving force behind your attaining your goals when you have 100 percent commitment to what you are doing.
By Damilola Faustino
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