Begin the day with a resolve.
“Today I will become more aware of one particular action.” Then place your attention on it throughout the day. Some simple suggestions: opening doors, greeting customers or clients, reaching for the phone. This will broaden your sense of self-awareness and can help you to identify aspects of your work personality that you have previously ignored, such as what you struggle with and what you truly enjoy.
Before beginning a new project or meeting or conversation, ask yourself, “What do I most want to see happen from this?”
Whenever stress becomes a distraction nightmare, remember this goal and steer the conversation or workload back in the right direction.
If you find yourself straining to think “outside the box,” explore what made up that box.
Understanding how you got to where you are is the first step in going beyond that point.
Take a few minutes to think about how you would like to be perceived at the conclusion of a meeting, an email, a call.
Would you like to come across as fearsome, gentle, resolute, inclusive, open-minded, unwavering? How do you feel when you perceive others that way? Strive to become a coworker that you would want to interact with and more opportunities will come to you.
Notice how you are holding something in your hand—a steering wheel or a cup, for instance.
What is the quality of your grip? Sometimes we exert so much force holding things, it exacerbates tension without our realizing it. Learn to recognize tension right as it begins so you can resolve it before it leads to a melt down.