By Sheryl Nicholson, CSP
As a Professional Speaker, when I first step on the stage, I’m seeing a lot of “deer in headlights” looks from my audience attendees. There’s a lot of stress out there. Everyone’s worried about lost incomes, and/or lost retirement funds. Then there’s the question of who’s going to pick up the kids, pay for the doctor bills, help with elderly parents and still find time to take an evening class to further your own career?
Stop…take a breath. Here are 3 tips to get refocused.
1. List the things you know how to do TODAY that you didn’t know how to do just 2
short years ago.
What counts? EVERYTHING! It shows growth. So a new recipe, rollerblading, taking a computer course, learning about finances yourself, becoming an involved parent, surfing, needlepoint…everything counts!
Life is full of choices each and everyday. Some days we are forced to make a choice by circumstances beyond our control. But if we rise to the occasion and can learn from that experience (even if it was a bad experience) then there is GROWTH! And growth is advancement!
2. Write down your Worst Case Scenario.
Then create a plan in the event that your worst-case scenario did happen. You don’t have to put the plan into action…the goal is to feel prepared and then release that fear because you ARE prepared.
Statistically, there’s been a lot of research around worry. Over 90% of the time our “worst-case scenario” doesn’t happen. And yet look how much time we’ve wasted worrying about the “what ifs” in life.
3. Find and Be a Cheerleader.
Who in your life or on your campus begins the day with a whistle or a song? Find that person and learn from their joyous attitude. People don’t want to be around tired and negative people and it’s pretty impossible to sing or whistle when you’re tired or negative. That’s why kids are loved — it’s their joy of life.
And when you’re having a good day, find someone who needs your positive energy. The ebb and tide of life will guarantee that there will be times when you will be upbeat and times you will be quiet and thought-filled. When you can’t get an enthusiastic beat going, remember we are often cheerleaders of everyone else in our lives, make time to be your own!
About Sheryl Nicholson, CSP: CSP Sheryl Nicholson is an International Professional Speaker and Author. She has been doing training since the 1980s and also has a private coaching business. She is known as a People Productivity Expert focusing on skill development in sales, leadership, time management, goals, communication, and life balance. As a private coach she focuses on Successful Presentation Strategies.