The phrase of Nature’s abhor of a vacuum that always manages to fill a void is undeniably true. When an undesirable habit has a replacement by a habit that leaves a more pleasant taste in your mouth, it is generally a challenge that takes some time to accomplish. You already know that “bad habits are hard to break,” but how did you acquire it in the first place? That all comes down the subconscious, subliminal, and other in-depth processes we cannot cover in this short period, however, let’s take it one step at a time.
Your mind is like a glass bottle, in that when the contents of the bottle cease to be, the bottle is not truly empty–it is now full of air. The same goes for your mind as it will be full of something, whether you put the information in, or allow someone else to channel you. The hard truth is the more you allow certain thoughts to take up residency, the more often those thoughts will occur until you have developed a habit, and changing that habit is extremely difficult, but not impossible with patience.
You must make a conscious effort in order to recondition your mind. For instance, if you know you have anger issues to where your temper takes over at inappropriate times, this could end up costing you a lot whether it be a relationship, a large purchase, or even a working position. This thought needs to be rechanneled by first realizing and taking responsibility for the action, and then neutralizing it with a positive affirmation such as, “No one has the right to decide how I will react but me, no matter what she says, and no one can make me angry or feel guilty without me feeding into her sales pitch. No one has the right to control my emotions without my permission.”
Stop and look at the last day or so and ask yourself how many times your emotions make decisions for you. It is time to turn the vacuum off and reverse it to blow the bad habits out, creating more room for good ones.
When you know about computers, you know that GIGO refers to “garbage in – garbage out” because a lot of unnecessary information is placed into storage until deliberate removal takes place. There are programs to assist in the process that can run automatically during the night while you sleep, or you can manually begin the programs deleting history, viruses, or other issues your computer is not agreeing with, which may cause it to slow down.
Your mind is your body’s computer, and suspiciously enough, it is similar to a computer in many ways. Your mind will be fed, whether you intentionally feed it or not, and it is not just what passes down the esophagus. Sure, what you digest is certainly important in keeping your mind healthy, but even more important than food is what you entertain or exercise your mind with during the day, or even while you sleep and dream.
When you allow your mind to have healthy and nourishing input, it will become strong and responsive, but if you restrict it to negative, unhealthy, and unproductive input, you are essentially feeding it “junk food.” This garbage out would be better off not being exposed to your mind in the first place.
Feed your mind a healthy, balanced diet including information in a variety of fields, or the latest trends. You will be happily surprised to realize how much more positive a person you become by “defragging” your mind to fill it with ideas to benefit you, instead of take away from healthy thoughts.
Suggesting solutions or compromises can save a working relationship and lay new ground for a stronger foundation. This direction takes a piece from all the workers making a decision and weaves them into an all-encompassing blanket, giving everyone “warm fuzzies,” as long as the answers are of a reasonable nature. When everyone is happy, they may feel encouragement enough to continue working within the project, rather than sabotaging a situation that seemingly rejects the participants. In other words, people may unknowingly reject themselves because an idea of their own is not of an acceptable nature. As a supervisor or manager, the importance of having your team feel as important as the next member of the team is crucial, as the employees cheer together for well-deserved accomplishments.
In a company, a “boss” tells a person what to do, while a “supervisor” watches over the progress and makes tiny changes here and there in order to guide progress. In the race of business, the supervisor who always crosses the finish line first does so with positive business results and ecstatic employees.
(For ideas on strenghtening your team, click Joe Paterno’s statement below.)
“When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.” — Joe “JoePa” Paterno, Penn State Football Coach of 46 years
Doing a little extra can benefit you in two different ways, both of them inviting opportunities, an increase in understanding and in building a positive reputation. By paying attention to what is going on around you, many opportunities are so plain everyone else skips right over them without giving a second thought. Paying attention to small intricacies in methods or equipment can save the company you work for money hand-over-fist, and you can believe that others will notice. In understanding the equipment and functions better than the other members of your team, you’ll be in the know of the functionality and processes.
Good leaders pay attention and make notes of those who will benefit them, so they will first think of those who do a job effectively. When others respect you for the work you put out in quality and quantity, the others who are not as valuable will go by the wayside when the going gets tough. By putting yourself and your ideas out there, you will discover more than adequate compensation for yourself, as well as opportunities most can only dream of securing.
“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.”
When you pull out the thesaurus and look up this word, what do you think you will find? This is one of those words that if you say it aloud, and consider what it means, the answer will appear to you as undeniably as you staring at the words right now. Everyone has the ability to be successful, so why aren’t they? Most people who are not successful really don’t care, but some do and don’t quite know how to accomplish the feat.
These articles are for the smaller group–the ones who are unhappy, know they are worthy of more, and have an interest in discovering how to get it! When you fall into this category, climb aboard and hold on tight, as you are on your way to a “Successability”–your ability to have the success you deserve.