We have the power to prevent ourselves from being an obstacle in our way. If we focus on the positive, we avoid negative thoughts from impacting the outcome.
Did you know you have more than 50,000 thoughts per day, and there's a special connection between what you think and feel, both physically and emotionally?
Regret, guilt, worry, anxiety. Do any of these emotions play a role in your thoughts? If so, those thoughts are negatively affecting you. They are thoughts and feelings that are obstacles disrupting and preventing you from moving forward.
The thoughts that cloud your decisions
Do you ever find that making a simple decision isn't simply due to thoughts such as, 'but what about' or 'what if' or 'I feel bad' – all of these thoughts cloud decision making. These are obstacles that stop you from focusing on the positive and trusting in yourself and others.
What if those obstacles weren’t there?
You can remove obstacles if you keep your thoughts positive, trust yourself and focused on moving forward to reduce negative thoughts. Due diligence is necessary to stay motivated. Begin by managing your emotions and logically consider the situation. Then allow positive thinking and trust to lead you.
Simple steps to becoming more self-aware
Remember, negative self-talk is an obstacle that can rule your thoughts, derail you and plunge you into a descending emotional spiral! That’s why developing your emotional intelligence, and in particular, your self-awareness is essential. It will help you learn what the obstacles are that are holding you back and how to self-manage your inner thoughts.
6 tips to ensure you’re NOT the obstacle in your way:
- Train your thoughts to be positive.
- Change the words: always or never into just ‘this time’ or ‘sometimes’.
- Make sure you treat situations as unique and separate from other situations.
- Be careful not to transfer one mistake to all situations.
- Use factual statements like, “I made an error or mistake” instead of judgmental words like “I’m an idiot.
- Always accept responsibility for your actions and don’t blame others.
If you’re the obstacle in your way, adjust your behaviour and change your negative thoughts to positive ones!
Keep in mind, we believe the story that we tell ourselves each day! Marshall Connects offers Emotional Intelligence Assessments and Coaching to enhance skill development in all areas, including self-management techniques like visualizing your success to improve overall productivity.