It's Monday and time to set the tone for our week. Since childhood, we have been conditioned to shift our mindset on Monday from the weekend back to the school week. Regardless of our careers, that trigger point remains with us.
Tomorrow, I'm competing in a regional poker tournament, and today could have been stressful for me. I had a choice when I got up this morning, whether to concern myself with my massive to-do list, or take each moment as it came.
During the day, I had a number of opportunities to practice my MindShift exercises when I realized I was re-acting rather than acting. I know if I allow myself to stay in that re-acting do-loop, I will get less done, be unfair to my family, and be ill prepared for tomorrow's event.
I've been practicing this Monday Mindset Moment all day:Activate your energetic radar so that you recognize when a negative thought slips into your mind. Once the radar goes off and you realize you are in that negative place, do three things:
- Forgive yourself for having that thought in the first place.
- In your mind's eye, step back and disconnect from that thought.
- Physically turn your body 90 degrees to the right and ask yourself, "Where would I rather be?"
The act of forgiving yourself is very powerful; you will gain perspective as you stop fueling the flame; and the physical movement of turning your body helps shift your mindset.
Poker MindSet Coach