30Nov
When the holidays roll around, especially during Thanksgiving, many have an overwhelming sense of thankfulness and show appreciation to those they love. We even show more kindness to strangers with a friendly greeting or donating to a cause that means something to us.
During those times, we experience inner joy and naturally feel better. Now, what if you could hold onto that feeling all year? You can. And you’ll find it’s not that difficult to be grateful all year just by changing how we look at life.

GOOD MORNING STARSHINE

Add a little pep to your step this morning.

To start, we need to take a step back to take multiple steps forward. Are you of a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty mentality? There’s no right or wrong answer, as many of us have trained our brains to work one way based on past experiences or the actions of others. For the latter, changing the negative feelings that inevitably enter our brains during the most stressful situations takes work.
Your day begins as soon as you open your eyes; how you look through those eyes is up to you. When that alarm goes off, give yourself a few minutes to look forward to the coming day with excitement. We may tackle many of the same tasks daily, but think about how you could cheerfully approach some of these mundane responsibilities.

For example, you have a standing morning meeting with your team to review the day’s assignments. Usually, you would go through the list of items to accomplish with everyone responding to things that pertain to them.

Before each person reports, ask them to start with what they’re grateful for that day.

To get the ball rolling, you can lead by example with something like, “I’m grateful for my team who helps to keep the company moving forward.”

Not only will this lighten the mood, but it will also show you appreciate the group’s efforts. And you’ll learn more about each other which boosts morale and productivity.

Incorporate this into each meeting, and you will notice a difference in engagement.

You don’t need the thing you’re thankful for to be huge. If we can recognize even the most minor things, we’ll find so much more joy in the day-to-day, which can raise us, so we’re stronger for the not-so-good times. Examples of smaller pieces of joy – some are things we take for granted every day.
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Pets
  • Co-workers
  • Your Job
  • Fresh Air
  • Music
  • Clean Water
  • Good Book
  • Seasons Change
  • Duct Tape
  • GPS
  • Food Delivery
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Spellcheck
  • Good Food
Say these things out loud. When you incorporate thankfulness into your daily routine, your outlook will brighten, motivating others to do the same.

LULLABY AND GOODNIGHT

A simple and classic lullaby can bring back grateful memories.

It’s the end of the day, and some parts were good, but some may have gone less smoothly than we would have liked. Ups and downs are a part of life, but when we try to find the good in the not-so-good parts, it makes everything much more manageable.
When lying in bed, back where we began thinking positive thoughts that morning, you can quietly reflect on your day. What did you experience? Was there something unexpected that made you smile? Did you look at a typical difficult situation differently, and by doing that, was it easier to get through it? If you’re open to it, try journaling before going to bed. It can be as simple as writing down unseen events that brought you joy. Or how you turned around a problematic moment simply by digging deep and finding a life lesson that made you, or someone else, smile.
Ask yourself if there are things you can proactively do to bring more joy to your life. When you break it down into small bites, it’s not as overwhelming, and you’ll find that it can be life-changing.

Are you miserable at work?

Possible actions:

  • Talk to your immediate supervisor to see if you can work together to make it better. If you’ve already tried this or are fearful of losing your job, the following action may be better for you in the long term.
  • Work with a qualified staffing solutions provider to begin the search for a place where you can contribute your experience and talents that will also make you happy.

Am I my own worst critic, where I am known as the "complainer."

Am I always angry?

  • EACH time something happens that makes you happy, say, “THANK YOU” out loud, even if you’re alone. When you realize there are so many things to be thankful for, that gratefulness begins to take over the defeatist mentality.
  • Get others involved. During stressful times, they say misery loves company, but wouldn’t it be good if you had a posse who is experiencing the same thing but with an approach of humor? You can always find something funny about a situation, and talking openly with others who understand makes all the difference in your outlook.

Spending every day with gratitude will draw others to the light you now have. And the bonus is when you lead a grateful life, the positive impact on your mental and physical health is enormous.

Start now and see the change it will bring.
18Aug
Maintaining a “routine” can make us feel safe or the opposite and cause us to long for more spice in our lives. What if you’re somewhere in the middle and want some consistency, but you get trapped in the day-to-day activities that prevent us from following through, leaving us frustrated? If we’re being honest, leaning more toward the “routine” way of living ensures we accomplish our daily tasks with fewer items falling through the cracks.
It is possible to have a routine without it being tedious. Also, repeating tasks will be easier to delegate where appropriate when defined. Otherwise, the task, which could be very important, may not be accomplished because you thought someone else was doing it. Those are the types of things that can keep you up at night.

Start small with one routine if you don’t have any daily habits, which would be rare. You’ll have more than one routine tied to different things you want to accomplish.

Some suggestions to kick start the process of setting a routine that works:

Set An Initial Desired Objective

What is a goal you would like to accomplish? Let’s begin with an example like exercising, which will improve your overall wellbeing. When you feel good, other more mundane tasks aren’t so daunting.

We know that the gyms have their highest level of attaining new members every January, and then people drop off by February. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of jumping in with both feet and doing so much that you injure yourself or find it so difficult to keep up that you quit quickly.

Layout a Plan

When you identify how you want to accomplish this goal, be consistent with the time of day you perform that task.

  • Start small and take daily walks until you can build up your stamina.
  • Pick a time of day that works best for you. Many find the early morning the best time as it increases blood flow to jumpstart your day. And if you set this task for later in the day, it’s easier to blow off the walking if you get bogged down with other things.

Once you feel comfortable walking, you can incorporate other exercises, such as strength training. Remember to take it slow; this routine can develop into a lifelong habit you’ll look forward to completing every day.

Incorporate the Necessary Tools

Purchase a Fitbit or something similar to keep track of your steps. When you can see the progress visually and slowly increase the time you walk each day, it motivates you to stick with it. And, you can set it to receive notifications to get up and move (i.e., 250 steps) every hour within a specified period of time. This reminder is beneficial for those who sit at their desk all day.

Get Excited About Your Progress

If you are competitive and enjoy seeing advancement, add it as a repeating event on your calendar. To make it even more exciting, hang a calendar in a spot you see often and check off each day you accomplish that task. Competitive people are more motivated when they see there is no day not marked as complete.

Make it More Enjoyable

Do you live in a neighborhood where people frequently walk every day? If you don’t know your neighbors, be bold and begin walking, and you may make some friends. Or, if you have a dog, and it’s not too hot or too far, bring the pup along.

Do you have a podcast you’ve always wanted to hear? Make it a part of your walk so that you can listen but still be aware of your surroundings.

A Prize at the End

You’re more apt to push to achieve your goal when you reward yourself. Set a monthly plan, and then treat yourself to something that brings you joy at the end of the month. You’ll look forward to receiving the “prize,” and also significant because you accomplished what you set out to do.

Now that you know how to set up a routine for exercise, it’s easy to apply it to other aspects of your personal and professional life.

What will your first routine be?
29Dec
Personally and professionally, difficult situations can be challenging to spin into a positive perspective. Business mistakes can feel like a roadblock, shifting your focus from success to pessimism and worry. But all isn’t lost!
These are a few key practices you can use to help you learn from these negative situations and start with a fresh outlook in the new year.

Look for the Silver Lining

This may be hard to find amid a” business crisis,” but many problems also result in an upside. Take the time to look for the positives of any negative circumstance. Outline specific choices that led to the issue to become more aware of what not to do again in the future. This knowledge will help you be a better business owner and serve as a valuable learning opportunity.

Make Changes For Better Outcomes

Now that you know what might have caused the mistake to happen, vow to make changes to avoid a future recurrence. This may mean updating a business process, learning a new skill, or outsourcing work to a strategic partner like Lone Star Staffing Solutions. Whatever the outcome, set yourself up for success by taking action.

Mindset Matters

It’s easy to fall into negative thinking about emotionally draining challenges. However, developing a positive mindset is critical to moving on from past mistakes. It may be tough, but do your best to avoid having a defeatist attitude that focuses on the problem and leaves little room for potential solutions. Some steps to change your mindset are:

  • Try starting a business gratitude journal
    Find a motivational accountability partner to help keep you on the positive path

Get Goal Oriented

Now that you know how to succeed, don’t be afraid to set new goals and try again. Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone is brave enough to own up to them and move on. You may fail again, but it’s important to remember that’s a normal part of learning something new. Prioritize by updating your goals to continue positive growth as an employee or leader in your business.
Lone Star Staffing Solutions is here to help you overcome challenges by providing solutions for your employment needs. We are committed to helping employees and businesses avoid mistakes by assisting them to make the right connections. We invite you to reach out to our experienced team today and start securing the best candidates to help you accomplish your 2022 goals!