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Without stress there can be no Self-confidence.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 16, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Self-confidence is built, over time, as stressful thoughts and situations are faced and dealt with. 

'Stressors' bring learning experiences that test self-confidence. The capacity to handle situations expands with experience. As increasingly-stressful learning experiences are handled, self-confidence grows. 

Without successful handling of stressors self-confidence has no chance to grow.

[Avoidance may provide relief  but it works against self-confidence.]

[Unsuccessful efforts at handling stressors may injure self-confidence...but, only if you let it...failures provide the opportunity to figure out 'better ways'...sooner or later 'better ways' lead to successful outcomes and then self-confidence grows.]

Bad habits make no one feel good.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 2, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet 

Taking us away from our goals...annoying us and annoying other people.

That's the essence, the definition, of Bad Habits.

When people are annoyed about setting goals, don't fight against the flow - help them make predictions.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 26, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Some people, perhaps many people, are annoyed by the pressure of setting goals. Many people, if not most people, love to learn about and make predictions. There is little to be gained by fighting against the flow. Rather than fighting against the flow, [at least to some degree] Leaders and managers can seek middle ground and help their people make predictions.

People love to make predictions...and People will embrace the predictions they make.

Examples of predictions people love to make and learn about:

  • bets on sports games
  • weather predictions, especially "Ground Hog Day"
  • stock market investments
  • Nostradamus predictions

Why not add business predictions to the list!

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Goals - SMARTACRE Goals | Seeking Simple! | Thought Tweets

Anticipate situations you cannot control & train yourself so you avoid feeling anxiety or stress when they arrive.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 18, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When people find themselves in situations they cannot control their reaction is, naturally, one of discomfort. For some people, the discomfort is extreme. This discomfort often leads to thoughts and actions that lead to dysfunction, stress, and a host of other negative things. 

We can learn how to do better than that.

We can teach ourselves how to do better than that.

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets

Willpower eats up energy - choose your battles with care.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 5, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Perfectionists and micro-managers illustrate interesting facets of the interplay between willpower and energy.

Perfectionists illustrate how misguided willpower has brought about the development of a bad habit that is impervious to willpower.

Micro-managers illustrate the same thing, with external focus.

Knowing it will require energy to break these bad habits, people need to take time outs to rejuvenate before attempting to reduce/remove these bad habits. 

About Decisions: as a general rule, avoid making them when you are stressed or pressed

by Rick Baker
On Jun 8, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Only on rare occasions do we need to deliver decisions with urgency. For the vast majority of situations we can take time to de-stress or reduce negative feelings before we make decisions.

Given a little time for clear thought we can consider options, we can check our gut, and we can perform common-sense tests.

As the saying goes, "If it's worth doing it's worth doing right".

Note: this not intended as an argument against the value of intuition...sometimes gut reactions bring the best decisions. And - there is value in taking time to think about gut reactions...and learn from them.

 

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