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Leadership In An Anxious And Uncertain World

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Be a Leader in an anxious world

 

"We are in a restructuring process in most parts of our company: we are changing teams and leaders, we’re reacting to the current situation. The question that comes up all the time is: ‘Where do I go from here? And how do I lead people through uncertain situations?”

We are living in challenging times indeed. Times that push us into the new with little preparedness. All organizations are affected, from businesses, to schools, civil service structures to governments. Some organizations react and others respond to your questions.

People who are leading others are expected to provide strategic solutions and measurable results, hence forgetting the human aspect of the quotation: the underlying anxiety and uncertainty.

Imagine that nobody has been in such a situation before. Hence, there are no maps guiding you.

I realize that any solution to this current situation is not based on economic knowledge anymore, but on the ability to deal with complex and uncertain situations.

Let’s look at some aspects of how you can bring certainty and motivation to the people.

Brain Hacks To Lead in Ambiguity and Uncertainty

 

1. Self-Awareness
If a situation is uncertain and perceived as stressful, the amygdala — the primal region of the brain associated with fear and anxiety-related memories — is activated. This awareness starts with you. Are you suppressing thoughts like: “I am not in control?” or “I am overwhelmed?” If you want it or not, people are sensing these feelings inside you.

Therefore, the best thing you can do as a leader is to express these feelings to yourself by journaling it or even express it to your team like: “These are challenging times. I have not been in such a situation before. I believe nobody has. Let’s go through this uncertainty together, step by step, in the best way we can.”

 

2. Purpose and Direction
Purpose is one crucial key motivator that shifts the focus to action and moving forward instead of remaining in the fear zone. Purpose shifts the attention to the we. Give your team a strong reason to hang on and go with you through current and future threats. Ensure that your team members understand this purpose through interpersonal talks.

Best leaders provide a clear direction and are honest about the fact that the direction may need to be adjusted if circumstances change.

Define clear roles for team members and set with them their individual goals. Give regular brief feedback about their current status and acknowledge their valued contributions.

 

3. Autonomy and Creativity
Another important motivator is autonomy. After you have defined roles and goals, let go of control and trust team members to schedule their own time and activity how to reach their goals. Let them work when they are at their best to produce the best outcomes. Novel new solutions are coming when you are loosing the grip from your cognitive control system to find paths that have never been taken before.

Create moments of creativity by leading brainstorming sessions with your team or teach team members ways of intuitive insights like meditation or intuition exercises. Start the creative process by asking: “Where do I go from here to there?” Imagine all what you don’t want to experience and what you wish to experience as an outcome.

 

4. Action despite Feelings
ACT action commitment therapy focuses on showing the client that they can act in accordance to their values in high states of anxiety, depression, stress. As a leader you can transfer these principles to your organization. If employees are aligned with the purpose of the organization and find their values reflected in it, they are more likely to prioritize actions to fulfill their values. The question you may want to ask  is: “What makes it important for you to stay and work?” Relating to their values makes it easier to commit to actions.

 

5. Reassess
While you are navigating towards the given direction, be open to additional information that could help you evaluate whether your direction is working out or not. If one option does not work out, see this as part of the creative learning process.

Keep your team informed and remind them you are doomed to make mistakes as nobody has the golden map. Know that for mastery you have to try out what works and what does not work all over again.

 

6. Remain optimistic
Best leaders are believing from within that something good is going to happen. At the end of the day they write down with their team three amazing things that happened to them to keep this optimistic view present as things are already good in the now.

 

Summary

Let me close with a quote from Winston Churchill:

“Continuous effort, not tenth or intelligence, is key to unlocking your potential.”

From the above tips select two you want to put continuous effort in?

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My goal as a coaching psychologist is to provide rapid and long-lasting changes for goal-seekers. No matter where you are in the world, the sessions are held online on a secured health line.

With my unique ground-breaking BrainBoss Method you are able to uncover the deeper roots of thoughts, feelings and behavior AND instantly Rewire your brain for success ad well-being.

An over 15-years career in counseling and coaching provides you a safe space to for your personal transformation. 

Contact me today to learn how I can help make things better!  www.brainbossmethod.com

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4 Instant Ways To Have A Better Mindset

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You Create your own Reality with your Mind

 

"I really try to tell myself that I will get a job again. But there’s always a voice telling me: It won’t work out. The work situation is really bad. And I’m over 40. What can I do?”

Thank you very much for this important question. What if I told you, that this voice in your head is your own voice. And this voice can tell you anything about how ugly you look, that things won’t work out, that you’re not qualified or that you are amazing, brilliant, ready to receive etc. 

It is your choice which of these voices you want to listen to.The mind cannot hold two conflicting beliefs at the same time. Therefore, you have to choose. Which one will you follow?

Let's look at four ways how you can reset your mindset for a better outlook.

Proven Tips For a Better Mindset

 

1.Make your thought a funny comic character

Take this voice out of your head and put it on your thumb or on the floor. Now imagine it as a funny cartoon character like Dagobert Duck chatting with you in its funny voice about all the bad things it has to say. Will you listen to its “chatter”?

 

2. Question your thought

Start a debate with your thoughts: “Interesting. From where did this come from? Who told you this? How did they come to this conclusion?” Then you can bring arguments for your antidote based on life experiences like “I was unemployed before. It was not my best time, but also not terrible. I stayed open minded and positive and in the end someone came from nowhere and guided me to my job.”

 

3. Choose the right words

Your subconscious mind is programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do or to be. If you fill it up with negative words about yourself and the situation, it will give it back to you as commanded. It believes you. Therefore, be wise with choosing words that lift you up and make you who you want to be: “I am getting it. I am brilliant. I am enough…”

 

4. Good or bad - who knows

Let me tell you an old Chinese story about a farmer who used an old horse in his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

A week later, the horse returned with a herd of wild horses from the hills, and the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. He replied, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone again sympathized with the farmer over his bad luck. But the farmer’s reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and drafted every able-bodied youth they found. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him stay.

Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?

It is often our labeling of the situation that creates all the negative feelings associated with it. Identify the situation that you have labeled as bad. 

Now write this question: “Could this turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to me?”

Write down your thoughts.

Also write down: “Is there anything I can do to make it the best thing that happened to me?”

 

Summary

Whatever is created in your reality happens between your ears: in your mind and brain.

It is up to us how we create this reality by using mindfulness, re-framing or dialogue with our mind. In the end the best thing is to observe rather than giving it any meaning.

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Do you need to make some changes at work, a different job, or a more satisfying relationship? Could it help you to speak to a professional? 

My goal as a coaching psychologist is to provide rapid and long-lasting changes for goal-seekers. No matter where you are in the world, the sessions are held online on a secured health line.

With my unique ground-breaking BrainBoss Method you are able to uncover the deeper roots of thoughts, feelings and behavior AND instantly Rewire your brain for success ad well-being.

An over 15-years career in counseling and coaching provides you a safe space to for your personal transformation. 

Contact me today to learn how I can help make things better!  www.brainbossmethod.com

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Motivation: 6 Dopamine Infused Ways To Get and Keep It

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Why a positive mindset may not be enough to get up and go

 

"I want to be healthier and start exercising… I want to be more successful and launch my new course… but I do NOT ACT on it."

For 15 years I’ve been coaching people to change their deep rooted limiting beliefs to supportive ones using the power of hypnotic suggestions.

Then I realized that people thought positively and felt great about themselves and still didn’t do the actions needed to move forward.

They waited for the motivation to push them from the sofa to change their eating habits, to go to the gym, to start writing their book, to launch their business…

Having the desire is not enough to make you move and act on it.

Sometimes you may desire something (a thinner or successful you), but only the imagination of any extra effort makes your brain switch back to channel “comfort groove”.

What is Motivation

 

Motivation is the process to initiate, direct and maintain behavior to reach a desired outcome.

Motivation involves according to verywellmind three aspects: 

  1. Activation: You have to make the decision to ACT on a certain behavior e.g. write a book.
  2. Persistence: Continued effort to move towards your goal though it may take your resources, time and energy. You may have to schedule daily time for writing in order to finish your book. 
  3. Intensity: The vigor you put into pursuing your goals. You write on a regular basis, attend some writing courses and get an editor to accomplish your goal.

If you reach your goal depends now on the interplay of all three components. If your activation is high, congratulations, you are getting up and going. How far you will go depends on your persistence and how much effort you put in.

Dopamine infused Tips to increase your Motivation

 

1.Know your why. The brain likes to be set on a passionate long-term goal and it responds well to imaginations. Create a strong image of your goal and outcome. See, hear, feel, smell and taste it with all your senses. The brain does not know if you’re making it up or experiencing it in reality. It responds to the images you feed it with.

 

2. Launch daily activities towards your goal. A client started her book journey by writing whatever came to her mind into a journal for 30 minutes every day. Another client followed this ritual to go to the gym: He set a wake-up alarm away from his bed so that he needed to stand up. Additionally, he placed his sport shoes In front of his bed room the night before. No excuses.

 

3. Set the right dose. You work on your optimum level if something is not not boring (no activation) and not too challenging (over-activation). Therefore, find your optimum activity so that you stay on track. Writing 1000 words daily or running for 60 min on the treadmill may be too much and going to the gym may be too boring for some people.

 

4. Use powerful words. Our brain loves dopamine and it is not very selective in its choice. Take this to your advantage. Though you may not want to write or go to the gym at all, tell your mind things like: “I love to do it!” “It’s such a pleasure to do it!” “I choose this to look adorable/become famous.”

 

5. Set a cue. For a faster habit formation set a “‘bell’ to initiate your behavior. It can be a reminder on our phone, a message from a friend, or the alarm clock.

 

6. Reward yourself. After you have done what seemed like an obstacle for you, evaluate how you feel now. Often people feel so much better. Honor this state and tell your brain: “I feel so great…” And do you know what? The brain thinks you are experiencing something that is better as you thought and… releases dopamine. The drug that makes you seek more of that experience.

 

Summary

Without any action there is no move.

As you have read this information what is your first action?

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Interested?  Let’s work together.

Do you need to make some changes at work, a different job, or a more satisfying relationship? Could it help you to speak to a professional? 

My goal as a coaching psychologist is to provide rapid and long-lasting changes for goal-seekers. No matter where you are in the world, the sessions are held online on a secured health line.

With my unique ground-breaking BrainBoss Method you are able to uncover the deeper roots of thoughts, feelings and behavior AND instantly Rewire your brain for success ad well-being.

An over 15-years career in counseling and coaching provides you a safe space to for your personal transformation. 

Contact me today to learn how I can help make things better!  www.brainbossmethod.com

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