Lots of slush, salt and grime splattering around too. Real and metaphorical. Enough to keep anyone’s windshield washers busy.
Now the spring urge for clean has arrived. Shining surfaces, clear windows, whether it’s your home or the vehicle you drive. Things just seem to run better after a good cleaning.
So what about your mind?
A quick couple of minutes checking out your mental vision could be time well spent. Are you clear and focused? Enjoying what you see?
A quick self-test
Grab a piece of paper and you can put it to the test. Jot down three things in your life that are important for you right now.
That done, you can easily check for sludge and slush that could be blurring your thinking, impacting your decisions. Do this by looking at your beliefs about the relationships you have with the important things/people in your life.
Take your career. You have a relationship with your company, with your coworkers and with your clients. You also have a relationship with the actual work you do. Which ones are most important for you?
What about family and personal relationships. Or your health? Again, jot down the most important – with your spouse, your children, your friends.
What do you believe about those relationships? Are they getting better? Are you spending enough time with those people? What is true for you?
Once you see those beliefs in black and white, you can decide if they are useful or not. If they have a negative aspect, they are probably hindering your progress. And if they are not moving you forward, challenge them!
Removing you own roadblocks
Now that you’ve identified the beliefs you’d like to challenge, can you take a minute and play? Run one of those beliefs through the following questions. (One belief at a time works best.)
- What are you focusing on when you believe that? What image comes to mind? Are you focusing on a task, a person, number or result?
- Begin noticing what else is in that picture? Who else?
- Now ask yourself, what is happening that you were not noticing? As you bring that ‘something else’ into focus how does it begin shifting that belief?
- What about time? Are you focused on the short term? Then switch to the long term.
- Ask yourself what you have learned from the feedback you’re getting – what will you do differently the next time?
- Now go ahead and imagine the future – one, three, even five years have passed – and you’ve been using what you learned.
- How valuable has that feedback become over time? How much better off will you be now because of what you learned? Think about that for a minute.
Thanks for taking time to play. Because a simple shift in perception is often enough to dissolve the sludge from our mental vision … so you can see clearly when opportunities call, and they will.
I’d love hearing about any ‘aha!’ discoveries you made, just don’t expect them immediately. It can take a day or two before you begin noticing you have more clarity around important issues.
And if you have a few stubborn smudge spots left, perhaps you’re ready for Performance Breakthrough Coaching, an investment in yourself!
If you have questions about the process, you can contact me at 416-492-3200, or visit the Innergize website.