Welcome to the The Energy Super Highway and the power of positivity. I have listened to people say to crowds you cannot always be positive. I disagree. I disagree fully. I believe that people gravitate to negativity because it is the easier way to do go. Its like the seduction to the dark side of the force. Believe me it is so much happier to live on the light side of the force. The kids and the people I get to work with today love that we can find happiness and do not have to yell and scream at people to get our point across.
I have had amazing coaches in my life that cherished building gentlemen and ladies from the ground up. I also have had malicious coaches and bosses and co-workers that want nothing but wanting to make you miserable as they are. I am done with that mentality. My friend and celebrity partner Chemmy Alcott showed me that there is a way that we can have happiness in sport and be successful. I am pretty intense and know what I want, but I really am so happy being free and easy and having fun. Positivity is infectious and it helps people live better lives, and I hope for the rest of my life I am like that.
Around 2012 my lung got injured with smoke inhalation and a scar on it for life. This was a tough part of my life and seeing that all of my friends were put into harms way for a television show teaser and no regard for our safety to the cast and crew I was discouraged with the way people work and I know people can be better than that.
Amidst the toughest and most trying part my life our lives were changed. My wife, my friends and I got together to talk about what we were going through. We discussed how to make our work sustainable and enjoyable, changing the way things are done for the better, all while life was not very boring yet trying, we weren’t getting anywhere with the people in charge as they resisted training people to become leaders and expanding their business positively.
Worst of all, we considered the life experience we were in as a positive and we did some great things in our career together but in the end it was negative in the sense of people using our talents to get ahead but we as a collective were not compensated for our expertise properly. Positivity needs to be real. It plagued us and we needed to change the status quo of negativity. We weren’t happy with where things were going and the negativity of the people running the organizations were sometimes awful.
After a very present and in an aware discussion, we came up with a solution to the problem that changed all of our lives. That solution we called “The Energy Super Highway.” What is that? Well, it’s the highway that we all want to be on, where what we are doing in life and work is moving, and moving fast. It’s what we shoot for. Because you know, without a doubt when you are on it, and you know when you are not. Things get jammed up big time.
We all have negative influences, and we all get down at some point. Science even shows we are born with a predisposition.
Cognitive scientist and business consultant Dr. Art Markman reveals that “about 50% of how happy you are is genetic…The other 50% is split between the environment and people’s habits. Both the environment and your habits are (at least to some degree) under your control. So, you can influence your level of happiness in a positive way, even if you have a genetic predisposition to focus on the negative.”
“Setting a goal is one thing, but actually doing the work to achieve that goal is a totally different endeavor. If you want to hit your targets and make lasting changes in your life.”
Where we put our minds when those thoughts and feelings approach makes all the difference, especially in the complicated workplace. The key is controlling that. When things start going to the dark side in your head at work, you can use these three tips to get your mind in the right space, to be more positive…and jump on that Energy Super Highway
1. Have a Gratitude Journal –
When I was searching for the best way to flip my mind from negative to positive, I got this suggestion more than any other. And I tell you, IT WORKS. Every morning when you wake up (when anxious or negative thoughts tend to come on) write down 10 things you are grateful for in your work…genuinely grateful for. After two weeks of this, you will see a big difference. After one month you will feel it. It’s only 10 things! If you are ever in a negative state of mind, flip that journal open and read a past entry…it’s sure to bring some peace to your mind.
2. Schedule the Mundane Tasks –
Not every task or project at work will always be fun and happy. “The best way to get through a mundane task is to make sure it doesn’t bleed into work you really like” Says Vanessa Van Edwards, renowned Behavioral Investigator at the Science of People. She reminds us “We all have tasks we hate doing–bills, paperwork, difficult clients. These cannot be helped. But you do want to make sure that they don’t drag you down. Set aside very specific time each day to tackle the difficult task so you can segment and rock through it as fast as possible”. Once you apply this, the tasks still won’t be great, but they sure will be separated from the fun stuff. Your mind will change from “this sucks,” to “this has to get done…then I can go have fun.” After all, without the not so great times, the great times wouldn’t be nearly as awesome.
3. Dance –
No joke, this is one of the best ways to stay positive. You should have a playlist of your favorite fast songs, that already make you want to shake. When you need to harness good positive energy, put the headphones on (or turn the speakers up), step away from the work, and dance. “Busta-move!” It’s amazingly liberating.
“Fast thinking helps to create a positive mood. Listening to fast music forces your brain to keep up with it, which makes you think fast, which makes you feel better” says Dr. Art Markman.
Furthermore “Exercise like skating also makes you feel better. If you’re feeling down, you tend to want to sit alone in a dark room. Get out and move around… That will help you think more positively.”
You know what dancing is? Exercise too! And its damn fun, whether you are good at it or not. You may be thinking, “that’s ridiculous, I can’t do that at work.” Yes you can, and get that negative thought out of your head already. Go into a room if you need to or take a walk with your headphones. Shake what your momma gave you and laugh. Then go kick ass on your current project.
You don’t need to do all these at once. Pick one that speaks to you most. And this won’t happen over night. Slowly and surely make these habits, and you are sure to be jumping on that Energy Super Highway.
ENJOY YOUR DAY! WOOHOO!