The week gone by, in spite of my hectic schedule, I created the space for some regular reflection (Time Out) on positive energy. What distinguishes individuals who appear to be always upbeat whilst achieving their full potential, from those who appear to have the world upon their shoulders, those who always have something to complain about – the people in the office, the government, the children, the movie stars (as if they were personal friends), the drivers on the road, the preacher on the pulpit, the service at the restaurant; or those who appear to be not achieving their full potential?
The first thing that struck me was that one common denominator is, the differential between time devoted to activity and active discussion versus the time devoted to reflection and introspection. The latter was minimal or absent. The other was the direct correlation between the number of complaints being articulated and the inaction. Action was equated as an outcome of having all the issues identified being erased. Albeit these were all outside of the individual’s control.
And then there was the composition of the subset – the birds that flock together. Misery loves company – so the conversation within the group has an echo effect, again resulting in inaction. The echo actually creates a scenario in which there is so much negative energy within the group, that none of the group members can function at their full potential. My other reflection was on the repetition of affirmations that were not balanced by the implementation of related action steps. So again – inaction.
For me the emerging mathematical formula was, if you want to ACHIEVE YOUR FULL POTENTIAL and remain UPBEAT, then:
Minus – Negative energy (dream killers, complainers, fears, denials and persistent inaction)
Add – PURPOSEFUL ACTIVITY + POSITIVE ENERGY (people, affirmations, solution oriented discussions) + TIME OUT (introspection and reflection)
Take a Time Out…….. the intentional cessation of an incomplete task – and see the mathematical formula that emerges for you.
Judy Joseph Mc Sween is the Principal Consultant/CEO of Meredith Mc Sween International – facilitating internal transformation in individuals, teams and organisations. Contact Judy for information on her “Time Out Corporate Interventions” Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 684 9827