After speaking at a recent western-themed staff appreciation event, I was inspired to do a little mining for the golden nuggets in my popular presentation “How to Stay Positive and Focused in Uncertain Times.” Here’s what I dug up!
- In times of uncertainty and challenge your big picture serves as a “true north” which can be helpful in making decisions. Do you have a big picture for your life, not just for your career?
- The Top 5 people we associate with are who we become. Do you need an upgrade?
- Use your sense of humor to cope and connect. Can you see the levity in a difficult situation? Are there “inside jokes” that only you and your closest colleagues understand?
- “Speak in such a way that others love listening to you and LISTEN in such a way that others love speaking to you.”
- People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. -John Maxwell
- Use consultative phrases to pull rank when you have no rank to pull: “Would it be possible to?” “What do you think about?” and “Would you be willing to?” (See 50 Phrases for All Occasions)
- If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain. – Maya Angelou
- Use the 3’ps for staying positive. Remember: It’s not PERSONAL. It’s not PERMANENT. (This too shall pass!) Don’t let a negative situation ruin your big PICTURE!
- Set a worthy goal—and meet the challenge—to rekindle your passion. To determine your worthy goal, complete the phrase “someday I will…” (i.e.-build my dream house, write a book, buy an RV and travel…) Now, what ONE step can you take this week to start moving in in that direction?
- Use your “resiliency resources” to stay positive. In other words, what activities or hobbies nourish you and give you the all-is-well-in-the-universe feeling?