With Spring in the air, you can spring into action and sanitize yourself of bad habits. Here are 30 meaningful (and what research says are common) places to scour:
This s-word needs to go. When you tell yourself “I should do this or that…” it’s like granting a license to procrastination and regrets. Replace “should” with “did”.
You’re not resource-full, so learn to be resourceful. It’s the skill set to develop in a more with less world.
It’s a good habit to get into versus the alternative–letting fear hold you back. Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
Appreciate all that you’ve done versus obsessing over what you haven’t. See in others all that they’ve become, versus just seeing what they still need to be.
Inconsistency is a big cause of an unhappy workplace, especially when it comes to emotions. Mind yours and keep them positive.
Hold your priorities sacred. Stop doing the easy thing by trying to do everything.
Stop the habit of comparing yourself to everyone else. This nets feelings of inadequacy and inertia. You lose sight of your definition of success. Compare only to You 2.0.
Not all criticizers are created equal, and some shouldn’t even get a seat at the table. Choose who makes the cut, and mentally dismiss the rest.
Nothing is more energizing than the former, or more draining than the latter.
Living by your values turns guesses into good decisions. Never compromise.
Research shows that visions of successful outcomes accumulate and become exhausting when you don’t take action on them.
No more allowing subtle self-doubts to become very real self-limitations.
This, from the school of “Focus On What You Can Control”.
Get off the hamster wheel and commit to stretching, learning, exploring. Focus on becoming versus being.
Be present at all times and make your presence felt.
Write down the kind of things you tend to get sucked into. This list then serves as a reminder to, well, don’t.
Exercise is the deepest well for well-being but is so easy to avoid. Now is the season to turn over a new leaf.
Commit to not getting sucked down into the weeds anymore. Your people need your vision, barrier-busting, and your time spent on seeing around corners.
Our internal dialog helps or hurts us. Recognize when yours is spiraling you downward and change the tone–like you would for a friend needing support.
You’re trying to become the best version of yourself, not the mythical perfect version.
Big meeting tomorrow to prep for? Better rearrange the apps on my phone first! Catch yourself in the act of this robotic behavior and redirect towards work that matters.
Research shows we vastly underestimate just how willing others are to lend a helping hand. So ask for help like you mean it.
Stop trying to be everything for everybody (leave that to Ryan Seacrest). Set boundaries allowing you to take care of your needs first. Think of the You-niverse, not the universe.
Get caught talking about your co-workers, in an upbeat way. The alternative is unbecoming and unacceptable.
Listening is not waiting for your turn to talk. If it helps, practice the W.A.I.T. principle–ask yourself “Why Am I Talking?”
And when counterpoints are raised, let them raise your interest, not your hackles.
We can’t help but get caught up in the attitudes of those we most closely work with–good or bad.
Commit to not causing rework and waste by being clear in the direction you give up front. Unclear direction is supremely avoidable.
Companies known as great innovators have an astounding secret to their success. They keep going. You should too.
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