Recently I was traveling to work, I left my home at 7.15am and allowed plenty of time to get to the client site by 9.00am. It was raining and I drove to a train station to park my car. As I drove, I nearly got hit by another car which randomly took a U-turn after a traffic light intersection.
The rain and traffic delayed my day and then I decided to take an Uber into work. The Uber request got cancelled by not 1, but 3 Uber drivers that morning. I finally got an Uber driver who was committed to pick me up and take me to work. I ended up getting in at 9.15am. I felt super rushed and terrible for being late on a client site where I was meeting with two senior managers. Luckily, they too, were having a bad morning and they were also late.
Have you had one of those days?
Everything just seemed like it was going all wrong that morning. I was totally aware of this. I had a choice, either to keep thinking, “The rest of my day will continue to go wrong?” OR “I need to shift my thinking in order to change my day.”
I took the latter. I convinced myself, “I need to change my mindset and ensure I have a better day.”
As the client was also late, I had the time to sit and change my mindset. On a weekly basis, I practice gratitude and journal all the good things that happen in my life. I decided to use a few minutes to think about 5 things that I was grateful for prior to 9.15am.
This is personal but it might simply help the way you think when you have one of these unpredictable days.
- I am grateful that I was able to arrive at the train station safely.
- I am grateful that I was able to buy breakfast just before I got to work.
- I am grateful that I eventually had an Uber driver who was very considerate.
- I am grateful it didn’t rain when I walked from the car into work.
- I am grateful the clients were also running late, which gave me the time to eat breakfast.
Immediately after reminding myself of all these simple and basic things to be happy about, I really shifted my mindset and let go of the thoughts of that morning.
The rest of my day went well and it turned out to be a better day than expected.
Why is that?
Because I was able to succinctly change my mindset from a negative mindset to a more positive mindset. It shifted my day completely.
If I had continued with the negative mindset, then you know what? My day would go horribly wrong because I convinced my mind it will.
So next time when you have one of these days, mentally challenge yourself to see if you can shift your mindset and change the course of your day.
We have 14 days until Christmas, enjoy the remaining days in 2018.
And if you are thinking of getting a new job for the new year, start your preparations now.
Wishing you a wonderful week filled with happiness and joy.
Thank you kindly,
Career Advisor | HR Consultant | Trainer