On a recent business trip, I asked my taxi driver how his day was going. In a lethargic tone he replied “today is not my day”.
Even though he had just started his shift, he seemed resigned to writing off the whole day. He was generous enough however to suggest that “it might be happening for someone else”.
His comment made me think of how many of us go through an hour, a day, a week or even longer with limiting thoughts impeding our performance.
In a competitive environment can we afford to operate below our best for a prolonged period of time? Do we want potential clients to form an impression of us based on a performance below our own expectations?
If you feel unproductive and it is not “happening” for you, stop and intervene.
It is better to take the time to change the way you feel and give yourself the opportunity to operate at a higher level of performance than carry on in a state which produces a performance below your best.
Here are some interventions that you may like to try.
The most effective intervention for me is exercise, in particular swimming. “Is this guy nuts? I don’t have time for a swim!” I hear you say.
After a swim my mind is clear, I feel good and I can perform at my best. I would rather ‘lose’ an hour to exercise and then interact with clients for five hours in a positive state than interact with clients for six when I am not at my best.
If the swim option isn’t accessible or desirable then try a less time consuming exercise.
Different types of music can help you achieve different states.
Read inspiring quotations or a passage from an author that has experienced a similar path to one that you want to travel.
Reassociate with your vision of what you want to achieve and with things that have gone well.
Move to a physical location that is more conducive to performance e.g. book a room or venue for a set period of time to work on specific projects and outcomes.
I hope some of these work for you. They will only work if you try them. I would love to hear about interventions that you find useful.
So next time you are feeling that it is not your day, intervene and get more out of the rest of the day.