I want to give you two questions I use to keep myself centered and stay organized.
Ready to level-down your stress and get focused?? Here we go…
1. The Question that Leads to Better Bottom-Line Results
There’s a tendency to always be looking for what’s NEXT to do or what ELSE you could add to your plate. The questions, “What should I do next? What else should I be doing?” – these create a perfect environment for distraction and overwhelm.
The question to ask instead is, “What’s working?”
This reminds you to focus on what is already bringing results. You’re going to get more traction when you double down on what’s already working, instead of always experimenting with something new.
The biggest challenge to making this work for you, is taking the time out of the busy operations of a business to actually step back and evaluate your efforts so you can uncover the answer to this question.
2. The Question that Melts Resistance to Challenging Work
When you want to accomplish a project or goal that is unfamiliar or outside your comfort zone, your self-talk usually runs along the lines of, “This is going to be difficult, it’s going to be stressful, and it’s going to take forever.”
And that’s absolutely natural.
Your brain is getting you prepared for any potential hardship. The problem is that by doing so it’s also building resistance that will keep you from moving forward.
In order to melt that resistance, the question instead is, “Am I willing for this to be easy?”
Anytime you find yourself overwhelmed, stressed, worried or apprehensive about a project, about marketing, or even about simply having a way too long to-do list: use this question.
Repeat it like a mantra, “Am I willing for this to be easy? Am I willing for this to be easy? Am I willing for this to be easy?”
Your brain will be redirected from focusing on difficulty to instead consciously finding the path of least resistance.
Cheryl Heinrichs says
I LOVE this – thank you so much, Mary!! What sage advice. I’m going to share it with two friends who are just starting new businesses.
Mary Cravets says
Glad this hit home, Cheryl! And THANK YOU for sharing with others!