Developing a Positive Focus
Updated: Apr 1, 2020
I know the current health crisis is weighing heavily on all of our hearts and minds.
Something I noticed — a few weeks ago especially — was how much of our focus seemed to be on the things we could no longer do because of the coronavirus. I get it. I've been guilty of this thinking too. Our lives have been completely disrupted.
The first chapter of my book, Conscious Communications, is called “Cultivating a Positive Focus.” Re-reading it this past week has really brought me comfort, and it has reminded me to focus on all of things I CAN do during this time as a business owner, as a mom, as a friend...
I want to share a quote from that chapter on the chance that it will bring you some comfort or spark your own thinking.
“The more complex you make something, the more impossible it will seem, as it breeds a feeling of impossibility. On the other hand, clarity breeds a feeling of infinite probabilities. Can you imagine what it will feel like to know how many things are possible for you, instead of focusing on what you think is impossible?" (page 23)
It can be so easy to slide into negative thinking during this time and focus on the problem instead of the possible solutions.
Asking myself the following questions has been helping me cultivate a positive focus, continually seek out solutions, and keep moving forward.
Those questions are:
What CAN I do about this?
What is my possible solution? (Examples for business owners might be establishing a remote work policy; communicating transparently with customers, clients, and team members; shifting work schedules/responsibilities; brainstorming new offerings or exploring new opportunities; focusing on things you previously haven't had time for.)
And how can I focus on that instead of the problem?
Whether you’re a business owner trying to right the ship, a parent trying to manage her family's situation, or someone who is trying to navigate quarantine, these are powerful questions you can ask yourself.
Tell me in the comments, what are some things you CAN do?