Spring Cleaning Your Self-TalkApr 12, 2022
Hello! I’m Lori West, founder of Business Brilliance, and I empower people like you to take charge of your career. I do that by showing you how to master your mind.
Welcome to Video Two of my spring cleaning series, in which I will be leading you through a process to help you refresh your perspective on work.
Now I’m sure you know the benefits of spring cleaning, but have you ever thought about giving your workplace perspective a good spring clean?
And how does the idea occur to you? Does it fill you with delight or dread?
Maybe you’re somewhere in between. Maybe you’ve never done it so you have no notion of what it means.
Think of it this way. Imagine what your workplace experience could be if you were able to remove some of the unnecessary or unproductive distractions from your day.
See yourself sitting at your desk or leading the weekly team meeting, free from the concerns that normally niggle you.
Feel yourself moving from one action to another with a clear, focused, purposeful mind that creates a natural sense of flow.
Do you believe it’s possible?
Consider this: if you can conceive it, you can achieve it.
And stop to listen to the self-talk that’s right there, present in your conversation with yourself when you hear me say that.
Grab a pen and paper and write down what’s present. Include all the thoughts you have about your experience of the workplace.
In particular, record all the words and phrases that arise that you know are preventing you from feeling good about your workplace performance.
And recognise that, in this moment, you are consciously applying mindfulness to your workplace performance. This is what applying mindfulness looks like!
And this is where every opportunity for transformation starts — by noticing what’s occurring.
Now you might feel a little alarmed by the prospect of spring cleaning your perspective on work. That’s perfectly natural!
The thought of letting go of ways of being can be scary, especially if you’ve relied on them for your success.
Let me reassure you. The purpose of this exercise is not to radically overhaul your entire working life, but rather to examine some of the little things that get in the way of you moving from feeling OK about work to feeling brilliant about work.
You are in complete control of what you think, feel, say and do.
Just notice the self-talk around change.
What do you notice? What are your key concerns about changing things up at work?
Here are some things you could be thinking that will get your grey matter moving.
- It requires too much effort.
- I don’t want to upset the apple cart or a particular person.
- I don’t know where to start.
- I don’t like change.
Whatever you’re experiencing, write it down.
When you look at what you’ve written down, notice how this perspective impacts you.
Does it make you want to get started straight away, or do you find yourself saying, “I think I’ll do it next spring?”
Wherever you are is fine. The important thing is to bring clarity to your starting point.
And consider that it may be just the conversation that keeps you from moving forward in your career.
Well, one of the things I’ve noticed in my years of leading and coaching people is that attitudes and perspectives are not limited to one set of circumstances.
Often exploring and transforming one area will have a knock-on effect on another area.
In this case, we’re talking about spring cleaning your workplace perspective. How could that be construed as uncomfortable? It’s just spring cleaning!
Or is it?
Have you noticed that people want certain things, like tidy cupboards or clean, healthy bodies, but they’re not always prepared to do what’s required to have what they want?
They’d rather complain about things than take action.
The same is true in the workplace. It’s true that complaining around the coffee machine can create bonding opportunities.
Or muttering under one’s breath offers a momentary experience of relief.
But neither of these things solve the problem. So the problems continue to persist.
What is there to do?
Get into action, sure, but doing what?
This is what you’ve got to get clear about, right?
And knowing what your attitude to taking action to spring clean your perspective will tell you everything you need to know about what’s stopped you from taking action already
AND what will stop you to take action in future if left untouched.
I want to leave you with a little homework between now and the next video. Consider what areas of your workplace experience could do with a good scrub?
How would cleaning it up support you as an individual?
How might encouraging a good clean up of your corporate wellbeing programmes support a new workplace culture perspective?
What would it be like to invest in a leadership development programme that encourages regular transformative action?
Bring your considerations to next week’s video, during which I’ll take you through a process that will lift the dirt and grime and help you feel lighter in the process.
In the meantime, share what you discover by popping your thoughts in the comments or DM me.
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I look forward to working with you!
Until next time... be brilliant!
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