Whether you’re a supervisor, a project manager, or an employee, there’s always room for improvement at work. Although team-building events are extremely effective and there are many benefits of corporate team-building, there are also several exercises that you can do for yourself, within your own mind and body. Being good at your job requires not only hard work, but the right mindset as well. This internal positive attitude is what truly motivates you in the long run. In order to improve your control over projects, to gain more confidence in reaching your goals, and to feel less burnt out over time, consider practicing these three mental training exercises on a regular basis.
You can think of visualization as a sort of plan, or mapping out of your project -- but within your own mind. Before beginning any project or large task, have a visualization session for yourself. Create a detailed plan in your mind of how this project is going to be completed. Map out a path, or various paths, to your end goal, and then walk down these paths in as much detail as possible to become familiar with the work that you will be faced with along the way. Be sure to focus primarily on the positive results and successes along the way, rather than the obstacles or hurdles you may face.
Unfortunately, it is very easy to get sucked into immediate reaction mode at work, especially when your entire workday revolves around reacting to various surprise situations you’re faced with. This immediate reaction mindset can be quite detrimental to your work, as it leads to irrational thinking and mistakes. Rather than getting completely stuck in this ineffective reaction mindset, take a few minutes out of your day, and throughout the day, to focus on independent thinking, effective problem solving, and inner calm and peace. You can be sure it will help both you and your team alike.
3. Looking forward
As with any aspect of life, it is very important to keep your eye on the prize and to keep looking forward when working on any project or task, rather than getting bogged down by unsuccessful past experiences and negative thoughts. Unfortunately, it is actually quite difficult to train your mind to do this, and it requires many reminders and much focus. Accepting that there are some situations that you have no control over and simply moving onto the next order of business when this happens is one way to start the practice of looking forward. Through it all, try to remember that using this technique throughout your life will certainly pay off in the end.
In essence, in order to improve your overall control, confidence, and motivation, begin practicing these three mental training exercises on a regular basis. Again, adopting this internal positive attitude is what will truly motivate you in the long run.