At times it is discouraging particularly when one listen, read, watch or discuss some of the challenges affecting people, teams, organisations, or nations.
When we hear of some dramatic or disturbing news, it can sap a person’s energy or motivation, or it can fuel another person’s energy or motivation, or it can make another person numb to the news, situation or event.
At the individual level, it is interesting how given the same disturbing news, situation or event, a person is ever so positive, ever so optimistic that you wonder whether he or she is on a different planet or ‘on something’.
Is it possible to be consistently optimistic, consistently positive, or belief that things will turn out well?
The online Oxford Reference list definitions of mindset as (1) “a habitual way of thinking”; (2) “a mental attitude that can influence one’s interpretation of events or situations”; (3) “a frame of mind”; or (4) “the established set of attitudes held by someone”.
From these four definitions, a person can have an established response to news, situations, or events. It is not about numbing response; it is about deciding either to be positive or negative about the news, situation or event.
To have ‘It’s Possible’ Mindset, a person has to have ‘a habitual way of thinking’, ‘a mental attitude’ that decides, “I’m not giving in”, “I’m not giving up”, “I’m going to do something positive about it”.
“Possible” according to the same online Oxford Reference is defined as (1) “capable of existing, happening, or being achieved”; (2) “capable of existing, happening; that may be managed, achieved, etc.”
It’s possible to stay consistently positive.
It’s possible to think positive, take right action, achieve results, and even to positively declare:
I will get a new job.
I will get a better job.
I will apply the learned techniques at work.
If my role is made redundant, I will do well and better.
I will succeed in the test/exam/assessment/review.
I will pay off my debts.
I will have positive relationships.
I will …, I will … I will ….
So, how does a person have ‘It’s Possible’ Mindset?
Belief ‘It’s Possible’.
Be conscious of your thoughts, thinking pattern.
Be determined that ‘It’s Possible’.
Be positive all the time.
Overwhelm one negative thought with many positive thoughts.
Take actions that align with ‘It’s Possible’.
Remind yourself constantly that ‘It’s Possible’.
A person with ‘It’s Possible’ mindset may appear and act ‘strange’ or ‘weird’ in the face of odds piled high against him or her. As Einstein said, “A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”
‘It’s possible’ thinking integrates well with the Law of Attraction. This law states that a person is a living magnet that invariably attracts into his or her life the people, situations, and circumstances that are in harmony with his or her dominant thoughts.
Actions are necessary in order to achieve what’s possible. In addition to ‘It’s Possible’ Mindset, a person needs to take action or actions that align with his or her ‘it’s possible’ belief. To assist an action or actions, a person will need to analyse, plan and evaluate actions in congruence with ‘it’s possible’ belief and expectation.
Consciously think ‘it’s possible’, take action or actions, and it will be possible.
So what’s your response to this information? Note that there are three kinds of people: ‘Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who ask, “What happened?”’ – John Newbern.
Take action, and be one of those people ‘… who make things happen’.
Think ‘it’s possible, take right actions, and expect possible results. ‘It’s possible.
80/20 Management is a book you can read and finish between one to two hours. The book is helpful to a professional or manager interested in working smarter and achieving better results. 80/20 Principle or Pareto Principle states that 80% of results comes from 20% of effort. A professional will need to identify that all-important 20% of focus, and this is a skill in itself.
Julie-Ann Amos in 80/20 Management explains how Pareto’s rule can be applied to: (1) time management and delegation; (2) problem-solving and decision-making; (3) recruitment and training; (4) teamwork and performance; and (5) people problems and change management.
The idea of 80/20 is to help galvanise us to shift our focus on to the 20% of effort that actually achieves 80% of results. Efficiency and effectiveness are linked to Pareto’s rule. Efficiency is doing things well. Effectiveness is doing the right things – i.e. the 20%. Combining the two Es helps us to do the right things in the best way, achieving maximum results with minimum effort.
This is a quality book that will aid our efficiency and effectiveness at work and in life. Email us your feedback about reading 80/20 Management.
“Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day.” – Virginia Woolf
“Make yourself necessary to someone.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together. We must constantly strive to keep our integrity intact. When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” – Billy Graham
“If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong.” – Arthur C. Clarke
“Your character is who you are when no one is looking and what you are willing to stand for when someone is looking.” – Henry T. Blackaby and Tom Blackaby