“So how do leaders shift from lower states of mind to higher states of mind and improve their effectiveness and performance?” This was a question posed on Harvard Business Review forum I contribute to; here were my thoughts and contributions to the debate
Its simple. It all starts with what you think about. We must listen very carefully to the internal conversations we have with ourselves. The key to moving from ‘downbeat’ to ‘upbeat’ is:
1. Be aware of the internal negative conversation – address it
2. Create space to think ‘fresh positive thoughts’
3. Speak to positive people who lift your spirits
4. Tune in to the things that lift your soul – sport, music, hobbies, personal passions
5. Write down your thoughts and combat negativity with a ‘+ve to do list’
6. Keep away from negative people at all costs
7. Connect with nature – walk the dog, go for a run
8. Remember most of the things we worry about don’t actually happen
9. Think in the present and get on with it, keep experimenting!
10. Die a happy death. Morbid thought, but a powerful motivator to take action now!
The way you think governs the way you behave and act. Beware of what you are thinking about.
The ability to master the mind is what differentiates ‘winners’ from ‘runners up’. The real entrepreneurial stars are the ones who manage to consistently switch into their higher state when needed – I would describe this state as being one were individuals view both opportunity and challenge within a positive and courageous mental framework.