There’s always an opportunity to pivot — from how you approach your work to how you live on purpose to how you make time for exercise, relationships and health. We’ve got you covered with a few simple tips:
Take Five Minutes
Every day, give yourself a little time to just be and live in the moment. Your only effort is to slow down. Try staring out the window to observe nature; or, consider sitting in a comfy chair and simply following your breath. Whatever you do, be sure not to pressure yourself into thinking this meditation must be perfect. Simply breathe in, breathe out, and repeat.
Ask “What” vs. “Why”
Discover what’s possible when you openly communicate in ways that promote creativity and innovation by shifting to ask questions that start with what instead of why. “What was your thinking when you sent that reply?” vs. “Why did you send that email reply?” can eliminate defensiveness and result in a more thoughtful, considered response.
Follow Your Curiosity
Questioning something? Pause and ask yourself (or those around you) what that’s about. What do you like about working at your place of business? What makes that piece of equipment generate that sound? With anything and everything you wonder about, share your curiosity. It promotes engagement with others, keeps your brain active and is a healthy way to stay connected. It’s OK to be vulnerable and admit that you don’t know something.
Resisting the urge to manage or judge things that are uncomfortable or unfamiliar can reveal a world full of possibilities. Try turning your attention directly toward the things you typically dismiss, ignore or gloss over. Then, ask what vs. why, sit with yourself, get curious and see what happens.
Remember, Perfection is an Illusion
What kind of hindrance do you think is being applied to your life when you work so hard to achieve perfection? Vince Lombardi once said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Give yourself a break, be kind and gentle with yourself and strive to be your best.