Have you heard the business mantra What gets measured gets managed?
Here’s my serene take on that: to change a behaviour, thought or feeling, we first have to notice it. When we’re swept away by stress or tangled up in emotions, we only stand a chance of changing our reactions if we become aware of them first.
And then, once we notice our negative thoughts or feelings, we can start, ever so gently, to nudge them in a more positive direction. This week I’m busy Paying Attention and I’ve already caught myself being distracted, worrying about things which might never happen, and indulging in absolute thinking. Catching these thoughts is actually the hard part; once I’m alert to them, re-framing isn’t so tricky.
How about you? What do you need to notice, in order to nudge it?