Does it seem as if you aren’t moving toward your goals as quickly or efficiently as you have in the past? When my computer is operating too slowly it’s often because I have too many programs open and haven’t rebooted my computer in a while. Or, if I’m really having computer processing issues, I need an entirely new operating system. The same holds true for our personal operating systems. When you are moving ahead at a sluggish pace, maybe you need to hit control alt delete on the approach you are taking to success.
Put your attention in the right places.
It’s easy to find talk of all the doom and gloom in the world. Why are so many people focusing on the wrong things? Does it help? No. Does it make you feel any better? No. Does it make people around you feel any better? No! So what’s the win with feeling bad? It’s a good way to not take personal responsibility. How could you get ahead when the economy is so bad? How could you live your life’s purpose when Congress is fighting? How can you be responsible with your money when things are so volatile? Okay, so it’s easy to not move through your fear when you can blame others. Easy doesn’t feel very good for very long.
Flip the switch off fear and on success.
I’ve been accused of being a Pollyanna. I’ll take that title. What you focus on most is often what is drawn to you. So if you want more adversity, then keep focusing on what is messed up in the world. If you want more success, then put your attention on what you desire and the good feelings you will have when it shows up for you.
So how do you pump up your optimism level and begin to see what’s possible?
Put safety locks on the information you subject yourself to. If you are listening to the news and it’s making you feel bad and anxious, turn it off. If you are talking with people who are focusing on all that is difficult in the world, change the conversation. If you can’t switch to something more positive (some people really love playing in the dirt) then get up and leave.
Focus on what is working. If you are feeling uneasy about your future, focus on what is working well now. Find something that you are grateful for. Gratitude is one of the best ways to boost your happiness level and move you ahead. Take this gratitude further and do something for someone less fortunate than you. If you are feeling like things are difficult financially, remember that half of the world’s population lives on less than $2 per day. Are things really that difficult?
Surround yourself with yes-men (or yes- women). I don’t mean the kind who agrees with everything you say and doesn’t challenge you. I mean the kind who says yes to your success. They are there to support you in reaching your goals. You feel good about yourself when you are around them. These people might not necessarily be the people you are most close to (best friends and relatives). They might be people in your business network or a coach you hire.
If you aren’t currently getting the result you want in your life. Consider these simple steps to defrag your operating system and get things moving again.