Yes, it is true that adversity may drive performance. That frequently heard saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” comes to mind. More often, however, it is the individual who raises their level of performance to meet their own expectations. Good skills and techniques are a given. What is more important is the blend of talent, attitude and hard work the individual brings.
A positive attitude is a start. Those who are renowned achievers are further influenced by the belief that their thoughts and words have the power to create the reality they envision. There are an abundance of specific techniques one can use to tap into the power of one’s thoughts. From ancient Eastern philosophies, to the 20th century Norman Vincent Peale’s every-man appeal about being positive, to Tony Robbins the inspiration guru of the day.
Dr. Wayne Dyer, an expert on self-development, writes about limitless possibilities in his book “The Power of Intention: Learning to Co Create Your World Your Way”. His belief is that everyone has the opportunity to tap into an energy source. Those who have “made themselves available for success,” and those who connect, have the attitude that “I intend to create this and I know it will work.”
His 7 concepts to tap in to positive energy:
1. Creativity – Be inspired in life and in business.
2. Kindness – Have good intentions toward others. Don’t just be nice or kind to those who treat you that way. Reach out, take the initiative.
3. Love – Don’t spend time judging others, it will only lead to anger or frustration.
4. Beauty – Take time to appreciate what is around you.
5. Expansion –Be aware of what’s possible without limits. Reject fear and venture boldly. By envisioning good things, you actually bring good influences into play, both within yourself and in the world around you.
6. Unlimited Abundance –Practice true nobility. Instead of trying to be better than someone else, be better than you were yesterday.
7. Receptivity – Engage and relax to recognize and receive what’s possible. Don’t think, “Conditions are against me,” or “Things don’t look good.” Face reality, but understand a person is defeated not so much by the facts of a situation as by his or her own negative interpretation of the facts. In every problem there is an inherent good.
You might ask, does anyone really use techniques on a daily basis to channel their thoughts? A resounding YES is the answer.
Some practical techniques I have observed recently:
- A colleague mentally goes to his “safe place” for twenty seconds to calm his breathing and immediately improve his focus in the moment.
- The coach for the Chinese men’s Olympic gymnastics team was seen fingering Buddhist prayer beads during competition. They are often used so that one can focus for inspiration.
- The manager in a small company has permission to ask someone “to be here now” if they are distracted by technology at their expense, thus improving the experience.
- A friend wrote and sent herself a letter on her “limitless possibilities” to be delivered 6 months in the future. When she received the letter, it put her back in touch with her energy and aspirations.
- As for me, I pause and congratulate myself or the team I am working with when we accomplish something at that moment. It feels good to appreciate the energy of achievement versus saying “where did the day go, I didn’t get anything done.”
Top performers believe “they can do it” and they tap into the positive energy to do just that!
By, Debra Koenig, President of B2A Consulting | 30 years of experience as a business executive with leadership and consulting skills in Fortune 500 and private equity portfolio companies.