“What you focus on magnifies.” ~ Udo Okonjo
As the month and the first quarter of the year draws to a close, emphasis moves from movement to measurement of results for most people and businesses. In our company, we do a quarterly assessment. It is important to watch out for two types of feelings or responses; Despondency or Complacency- both of which are to be avoided at all costs.
1. A SENSE OF DESPONDENCY: A sense of despondency usually comes with the pressure of unmet goals and expectations which invariably leads to a dread of Mondays. However, instead of feeling stressed out and dreading Monday as a result of unaccomplished goals, why not adopt a winning attitude by reframing your response to the current situation? Why not have a different conversation with yourself? Ask a different set of questions. What can I do differently? Are there any areas I can make quick adjustments? Are there areas where I have procrastinated? What opportunities have I not tapped into? Who do I need to contact or engage to meet my goals or targets for this month and quarter? What radical steps can I take that will make a massive difference to my results if I were to start right now? Give yourself permission to think outside the box. Enlist your colleagues, supervisors, friends and even family for suggestions. You never know who might give you a pointer in the right direction. Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed.
Just by asking new questions and reframing your reference point, you can tackle that disempowering feeling of despondency. When you feel empowered, you are more likely to achieve success at work and at home.
Remember, “Questions are the new answers”. Learning to ask the right questions ignites a resourceful and result-oriented state of mind and creates magic rather than despondency.
2. A SENSE OF COMPLACENCY: Some may be feeling a sense of accomplishment and I recognise that feeling successful can encourage you to do more. As a success speaker I always emphasise that you are only as good as your last success, and camping out on your last accomplishment is the starting point of complacency and the curse of the comfort zone.
If you have achieved a few good results, why not go all the way and achieve great or even phenomenal results? Ask yourself, “What has been my most significant achievement to date this quarter?” “How can I exceed that? How can I go the extra mile and hit a home run? How can I become unstoppable?”
Remember to stop to acknowledge how far you have come, give yourself a “personal high five” or a pat on the back, but by all means get up and keep on moving towards the extra mile zone- where magic happens. Remember that this is just the first quarter. Why not stack up more results so that you are way ahead by the time the second quarter rolls around in April?
Ignited Champions know that yesterday’s victory is only a take off point for greater heights. Make your past achievements leverage for more resounding victory. Become unstoppable by staying focused on the finish line in whatever goals or targets you have set for yourself.
Let’s make Mondays magical not dreaded or despondent.
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