back from my third-base position for the Little League team White Sox into shallow left
field to catch a fly ball. I missed the ball with my glove and instead caught it with my
Someone said, “Son, you’ve got to keep your eye on the ball.”
Little comfort when your head is killing you and your ego is dead with embarrassment.
And you find out later that regardless of how much you keep your eye on the ball, it
I needed glasses. My focus was off.
How do you know when your focus is off at work? That you’re not catching the positive?
Here are three strategies to focus on the positive at work:
For some people, the sky falls daily.
You know who they are. You cringe when they walk towards you. You sigh when they
come up on Caller ID.
Deflect these distractions of negativity with my 2-Step:
Step 1: Grab the handle
What can you learn from this Chicken Little? You can discover a lesson…at least that the
sky fails to fall daily.
Step 2: FLUSH!
Flush the negativity, and any distracting emotions with them. Clean your mental bowl
You can imagine your business at its best. Or, you can worry. Same mental function.
Dale Carnegie once said, “If you can't sleep, get up and do something instead of lying
there worrying. The worry gets you, not the lack of sleep.”
Define your current reality and move forward instead of sideways with worry. Timeline
your project and do it one step at a time. Examine your cash flow and track back to your
marketing funnel and sales conversions. Where do your customers come from? Go get
more of them.
Do the Unfamiliar
Change your routine and you force focus. Your creative innovation emerges from the
disruption of the familiar.
Do unfamiliar little things first. Commute a different route. Change the way you shave or
brush your teeth or shower in the morning.
When you deflect distractions that may be unfamiliar.
When you define reality, that may be unfamiliar, also.
To focus on the positive at work in this negative world, do the unfamiliar.
And Work Positive as your sales increase and your productivity grows greater so you can
leave the office earlier to do what you love with those you love!