Ways to Raise Your Game in 2018, Part 2
In part one of our blog, "Ways to Raise Your Game in 2018", we shared how our team creates a focused mindset in order to 'Get it Great' for our culture, strategy, and clients. Today, we want to highlight three lessons our team has learned from Sue that have helped many of us raise our game on an individual level - both personally and professionally!
First Lesson: You Are the Average of The Five People You Spend the Most Time With
Do you ever notice that you have picked up a habit from a roommate or coworker? Or started to use some specific phrase or vocabulary from others that you spend time with? This theory explains that we become like the five people we spend the most time with in our lives. Or, we learn to tolerate influences that might change the kind of people we are.
In recognizing this theory, we should work every day to surround ourselves with those who will help us grow. In other words, look for those who are green and growing, constantly moving forward, and supportive. When thinking about the five people we spend the most time with, we should think about things that matter the most to us in others so that something they do can influence in a positive way.
In order to take full advantage of becoming the average of those we spend time with, we look to those who will build us up as individuals:
Those who are hungry to grow, always looking for feedback, and are natural mentors.
Those who are always a couple of steps ahead, trying to learn and develop constantly and consistently.
Those who are naturally supportive and encourage us to be aspirational and to try, even if sometimes the goal seems unreachable.
If we choose to spend time with people we respect and look up to, we can raise our game by not only improving ourselves, but also by influencing those around us.
Second Lesson: Create Focus Time
We find it is important to take time each day to meditate and get a clear head. Ideally, spending 20 minutes a day to stop and take personal time will improve our mental health. However, we also recognize that we are busy people, and it is often hard to stick to a consistent schedule. During these busy times, it is okay to realize that some days even five or ten minutes can be of major benefit. Just being intentional about taking the time to get clarity and to build a habit out of focusing on self-development goes a long way, especially during stressful work weeks. Not only does meditating help get the clutter out of our heads, but also it helps build confidence in ourselves and our ability to handle upcoming tasks.
Third Lesson: Go BIG, End FIG
In other words, Go - Begin in Gratitude, and End - Finish in Gratitude, every day. Starting and ending each day recognizing what we are grateful for in our lives can lead us to carry a positive mentality throughout our daily routines.
The way this works is to choose 20 things to be grateful for at the start and end of each day. At the start of the day, count 20 things, think about them, and work to maintain that grateful mentality throughout the day. By the end of the day, try to count 20 more things to be grateful for, knowing there will certainly be more than there were at the start of the day. This technique helps to engrain an automatic positive outlook on any situation that might happen throughout the day.
The best way to look at it is, you need to train your brain to look for things you want to see during the day so you can come up with 20 things at night. It takes 30 days to change a habit, and if successful with this method for 30 days, it will trigger us to find the positivity in every part of each day, and help us learn to use the power of gratitude to show others how much we appreciate them. In addition, we can influence those people and others around us to do the same. Even if the gratitude is for simple things, like a coworker holding the elevator for us when we are running late, the appreciation goes a long way. Spreading gratitude can help any group or organization raise their game to the next level.
At the end of the day, we can all take these lessons to remind or introduce a new habit to our lives to raise our games to our fullest potential.
How will you work to raise your game – for yourself, your department, your sponsors or your fans in 2018?