Do you hang out with Eeyore or Winnie?
The theme this week for High Performance Living is mindset. Mindset can also be thought of as attitude. For some I suspect that conjures up images of really happy and exuberant people with the “glass half full”. For others the image of really downtrodden and negative individuals with the “glass half empty” come to mind. Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore can serve as your examples. These extremes rarely represent the true individual, who is more likely to be somewhere in the middle, but are a nice framework to talk around.
Now that you have Winnie and Eeyore in mind, think for a minute about how mindset impacts you on the day-to-day basis. Who is the person that impacts you on the day to day? I can think of one really positive and outgoing person (one I prefer to be around) and I can think of one really negative nancy (who I prefer to avoid). The poignant thing is that both of those people are looking back at me from the mirror. I can be Winnie or Eeyore, and so can you. Have you ever considered that when you are having a bad day or in a bad situation, you can still choose how you respond. You may not be able to change the situation, but you can ALWAYS choose what your attitude about the situation is. I find that liberating — You are always in the driver’s seat of your attitude.
So what about you? How are you showing up? And more importantly, how is that impacting the people around you? Do you choose to be Eeyore or Winnie? Do you spend time blaming others for the situations you are in? If you are always the victim I suspect there is some self-discovery and reflection in order. If you are trapped in an environment of gossip and whispers you might want to spend 5 minutes listening to yourself. Are you falling into the habit of gossip too? That doesn’t make you a bad person it might just be time for a reality check and an attitude reset.
You can argue that some people are more naturally positive and others more naturally negative, but what you may not realize is that even the positive people have negative situations in their lives; they simply choose happy. The unique thing about being human is that we have the choice in how we show up. High Performers simply choose to show up with an open mind more often than not. It isn’t always easy but it is always an option. Put yourself in the shoes of the other person and take a breath before you speak or fall into the negativity/gossip trap.
As we move into this fresh week full of opportunity, Ryan and I encourage you to consider the positive vibes you can put out into the universe. It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown, so why not “hack” the attitude inside your head to improve the lives around you? If you want to talk about ways to shift your mindset more specifically, reach out to us at email@example.com