Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What Do You Focus On?

Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting "I Didn't Sign On for This! Change In the Workplace" for a group of CPAs.

At the end of the program I offered four suggestions for dealing with change; the first two are especially helpful when dealing with the stress caused change.

Here they are:
-Make sure you exercise, but don't overdo it.
-Stay hydrated.
-Minimize your exposure to the media.
-At the end of each day write down 5 things you have appreciate in your life.

The third and fourth suggestions are based on the fact that what we give our attention to persists in our experience.

Media professionals have a saying, "If it bleeds, it leads. Bad news sells." That's why you see, hear, and read all kinds of bad news first on TV and in newpapers. And the more you are exposed to the bad news the more you believe that that is all there is.

The fourth suggestion is based on a study from the University of Miami. Researchers discovered that people who, at the end of the day, wrote down five things they appreciated in their lives experienced fewer depressive episodes, some had lower blood pressure, and almost all the test subjects experienced more positive thoughts.

A disturbing thought is that compelling research shows that over half our thoughts and conversations are negative in some way. You've got to make an effort to focus on positive issues if you want a Positive Workday.

What do you focus on?

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