“Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour?s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What do you think is your normal operating zone? By zones I mean “victim zone”, “excuse zone”, “performance zone” and “high performance zone” where you spend most of your time.
What zone do your thoughts and actions reside in most of the time?
With stress increasing daily and more and more jobs being lost in an anemic economy many people (over 10%) have lost hope, at least the hope that they would fit into a job that would pay the bills and offer some type of security. When hope is lost the focus is in making excuses about “why” they are in the position they are in. As time passes the feeling moves from excuses to being a victim. The victim mindset is characterized by withdrawal and giving up. At times the victim will lash out in anger with that anger being directed externally (it is someone’s fault) and with a strong need for sympathy.
What we need today is fewer victim’s and excuse makers and more performers. Shifting the mindset from victim to owner (performer) takes work and a lot of work. It takes recognizing that there are opportunities and it takes a desire to step towards opportunity rather falling into the pit of despair.
John Milton wrote, “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” What we feed our minds we soon become. If we feed our minds and endless stream of excuses that is what we become. If we don’t believe we are good enough we will shortly become that as well. If we rise to the level of our thoughts then when are thoughts are decidedly negative our results will be as well.
We choose our thoughts as we choose our performance. Even though our circumstances may be challenging or very challenging we have a choice to make about out thoughts. Are our thoughts going to meet the challenge or be beat back by the challenge?
Maybe you know someone who has given up and fallen into the mode of being a victim. You might know someone with similar circumstances finding opportunity and taking action. The difference between a performer and a victim are the thoughts rather than the circumstances.
Take a look at Louis Zamperini’s life and see how he was able to overcome physical and mental abuse by keeping a positive attitude, a high performance attitude.
Next time, how to become a peak performer.