I think it's so important to focus on mastering our mindset, changing it for the positive, to drive change rather than stay still and moan about the negatives. Mindset can change how we look at our lives, work relationships all for the better. Don't get me wrong, I've been there and I think it's happened to the best of us - that we listen to that little voice in our heads which either:
• Stops me from pursuing something new, through fear that I may fail • Makes me retreat when I hear the slightest bit of criticism • Helps me to concoct the worst and most unlikely scenarios • Keeps me playing small and safe through fear of judgement • Replays the same conversation, over and over and over again • Tells me everything is about me … etc…. you get the picture!
To name a few experts on this subject; Prof Steve Peters author of the Chimp Paradox calls this the chimp brain. Gay Hendricks talks about this in his book The Big Leap. Mel Robbins has developed The 5 Second Rule to prevent that voice from taking hold, and Tara Mohr discusses this in her book Playing Big.
While I’m still very much a novice in this area and still fall foul of the “voice”, I am able to silence it much more quickly now and believe these 5 simple-to-implement strategies will help you too.
1. Learn how the brain works
Sometimes I think many of us fall into immersing ourselves into understanding the operational and tactical side of business performance and overlook the power of the mind. Learning how the brain works and what it needs for me has been a revelation, and so helpful in both my personal and professional life. To learn more about this subject, check out the books mentioned above.
2. Acknowledge the voice
Now I have a better understanding of how the brain works, my thought process and when my logical brain is in charge and when the “voice” has taken over, I can stop the spiralling thought process.
For a while now, meditating has been part of my daily routine and I use the Headspace App. For me, meditating makes me feel calmer, happier and enables me to slow my thought process down and make better decisions. For more benefits of meditation, check out https://www.headspace.com/science/meditation-benefits.
Healthy body healthy mind right? Physical health has a tremendous connection to our psychological well-being. When I exercise, especially first thing in the morning, I can guarantee a good day. No matter what is thrown at me I am more; productive, happier, creative and I look forward to meeting the challenges of the day ahead. I'm always taking part in a challenge and if I’m not training outside, I’m in the gym or dragging our poor dog out for another walk!
5. Rest and Relaxation
I often find relaxing difficult. With a young family, a business to run, clients to serve, blogs to write, taxes to pay and exercise to fit in, it’s sometimes hard to switch off. However, I now understand the importance of making time for resting my body and relaxing my mind. Thanks to Lush and Jo Malone – I love a bath, getting into a good tv series, a spa session and yoga all tick the boxes for me.
What are you doing to master your mind?
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Tara Humphrey is the founder of THC Primary Care, a leading healthcare consultancy specialising in workforce transformation and the host of the Business of Healthcare Podcast.
Tara and her team also work with GP federations supporting the implementation of clinical services.
Tara has over 20 years of project management and business development experience across the private and public sector and has an MBA in Leadership and Management in Healthcare, is published in the London Journal of Primary Care and is the author of over 150 blogs.