There have been several stresses and strains at the office over the past few weeks and I find myself focusing on the continuing issues rather than the solutions I desire – the vision of what would be better. Although I counsel others to hold the vision, I still have to monitor my own thoughts like anyone else so that I don’t fall into the default thoughts about a string of historical issues that are not yet resolved.
I was pondering the awareness that we attract what we think about – like to like, metal to metal, not metal to glass or metal to wood – when a flash struck me: what we visualize has an impact on our productivity.
As you may realize, I’ve been thinking about productivity quite a bit in anticipation of D’vorah Lansky’s upcoming Productivity Class that starts on November 3rd. As a speaker in one of her Master Classes, I’ve been thinking about what makes for a productive environment and how we choose the systems that help us maintain it. Having been on a management team that pulled these systems together, I know that it starts when you know what you want and why, so that you can plan accordingly. You can choose well when you have the vision that accompanies the desire. When your own thoughts pull you off course, you are able to redirect them so you stay focused on the desired results.
What we often fail to realize is that we can think of the negative or we can think of the positive. We have the power of choice. However, the mind defaults to the problem that causes us pain. In our desire to eliminate pain, we spend too much time thinking about it. When we seek solutions, it’s a little touchy, a fine line that easily draws us back into the issue. That causes us to get in our own way.
To prevent that, it helps to use specific techniques to follow a train of thought that leads us to what you would like the desired results look and feel like: Noah St. John uses a reframing technique that involves examining existing contrasts with preferences and then asking positive Why questions that he named Afformations. Sharon Wilson teaches the use of P.S.L.s, perceptual shift logs. Lisa Nichols uses creative visualizations, and the Abraham-Hicks books describe a variety of exercises to move you from being immersed in a contrast (aka conflict). Bob Proctor’s slogan for years was “If you can tell me where you are and where you want to be, I can tell you how to get there.” Our emotions get tangled when we experience sharp contrasts between where we are and where we want to be.
The challenge to shift and stay focused on the desire result is the crux of conflicts that negatively impact productivity. That’s why I start my day with meditation and journaling. I want to open to possibilities early in the day, before distractions and activities intrude.
What do you experience when you use these techniques to “flip your thinking?”
- The immediate result is emotional relief – you feel better. The emotional tangles smooth out. The knots give way and the emotional tugs cease so you can move through them without resistance.
- Without emotional obstacles, your mind can think through, imagine and follow trains of thought that inspire action, steps and systems, connections that remind you of previous situations and solutions that might apply to your current challenge, and other ideas out of the blue that are the exact solution you need. Thomas Alva Edison was known to “sit for ideas.” (I might call it meditation or centering.)
- Received in a dreamlike state, these ideas are elusive and quickly forgotten. It helps to capture them on paper or in the computer as soon as possible.
- You feel inspired to take some sort of action. Do it as soon as possible. Evaluate how you can implement the ideas you receive. Work it into a plan. Have you ever done something like this before? Make that phone call. Talk to a friend. Watch for new people, things, circumstances and events that tie in with this new perspective. They’ve been there all along, but your focus needed to shift to become aware of them. Then a path appears.
- “Overnight,” your productivity increases. Obstructions and thoughts of “impossibility” vanish and you are doing “it.” Progress can be incredibly fast.
Since beginning to use these visualization techniques as part of my daily routine, I have seen my personal productivity soar, as well as becoming part of a highly productive organization. If you are looking to see greater productivity yourself, I would suggest that you start there.
And you are welcome to explore the subject in more detail during D’vorah’s class. It starts with a webinar and extends over several weeks. I’ll be speaking at one of those later discussions. Here is the link to learn more about 5 Productivity Secrets of Savvy Authors: http://goo.gl/4otZsu
To Your Success,