Staying positive under pressure sounds like a great idea, but actually doing it is another story. When the heat and the pressure is on, negativity and overwhelm can creep in and compromise our focus, break down our perspective, and discourage us to the core.
This week I am going to share with you a simple habit that has worked wonders for me and has empowered me to stay positive under pressure.
I call it my accomplishment habit. When you read what this habit entails, you may be tempted to dismiss it as insignificant, but trust me, it is not. It has made a significant impact on my mindset, my energy, and my ability to forge ahead, even in the midst of pressure.
The accomplishment habit only takes two minutes and is simply a daily reflection, where I remember and write down the little things I accomplished throughout the day.
I know it sounds too simple to make a big difference, but it does and here’s why.
Whether we are aware of it or not, reflection is at work in our minds every day and all the time. Our minds are constantly and unconsciously replaying events that we have experienced. Only problem with this is that most of our reflections tend to be on the negative experiences we have had.
Our minds unconsciously replay the poor conversations we experienced, the disappointing news we got, or the criticisms we read. It’s just the way our minds work. We tend to focus on the negative if left up to default.
So, this accomplishment habit is a way to retrain our brains to reflect on the accomplishments and not the defeats. It not only helps you in the one or two minutes it takes to reflect, but it will also cause you to take greater notice of the little accomplishments you achieve throughout the day, uplifting your mood and raising your energy.
Try it today and this week. At the end of your work day or at the end of your day, write down all the little accomplishments you experienced. You can do this in a notebook or a journal. Don’t just think about them, write them down. It will help you crystalize your wins of the day.
Give yourself permission to write down the things that might not seem like a big deal to others, but was a big deal to you.
Some examples of the types of things that have made my list are things like:
- Sent a love text to my daughter and son
- Gave my Nana my undivided attention
- Gave myself permission to take a nap
- Expressed gratitude to my boyfriend for listening to me
- Paid off a bill
- Went for a run when I didn’t feel like it
- Paid a compliment to the cashier at the store
- Left the last bite of food on my plate
- Made the sales phone call that I was avoiding
- Initiated the difficult conversation that I hoped I wouldn’t have to have
- Waited a day before responding to an e-mail, so that I could gather my thoughts
- Felt peace and happiness throughout the day
After reading my list, I hope you can see that these accomplishments are things that are important to me, but probably not to others. That’s the whole point to this habit.
Try it today and this week. After a few days, let me know how it works for you! Have a wonderful week!
With Love and Volition,