We all deal with sea gull colleagues who focus on the negative,
but what about our own sea gull voices? Here’s a few random tips
on dealing with those pesky negative thoughts that pop up in
our own minds:
– Set aside a specific time to worry about something (we
did this in meetings, and called it the “whine and cheese”
portion of the meeting)
– Always ask this simple question: is this issue solvable?
If not, move on. If so, take one small step in the direction of
– Be realistic. Look for solutions that are actually within
– Focus on the present. Worries tend to arise when we are idle
and start thinking too much about the future.
– Phone a friend. Create a relationship with someone who can
serve as an objective sounding board, someone who can offer
you a more realistic perspective, someone with a sense of humor!
– Practice debating yourself. Go into a closet if need be, or
just do this with your inside voice. Playing devil’s advocate
can help you see things in a more realistic, healthy light.
– Exaggerate the worst case scenario so you can’t help
but laugh and gain some much needed perspective.
– Reflect on the number of times the things you worried about in
the past never actually came to pass.
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Here’s a fun way to surprise your employees or teammates with
a fun bonus. Kidnap your team, take them to a general type
store and offer each member a gift card to the store – but the
deal is they have to spend the gift card right then and there.
Quote of the Week
“Worry is the interest we pay on a debt that we may never owe.”
It’s a Wacky World
A study from Austria published in the Journal of Media Psychology
suggests that stupidity is contagious! The research found that
students performed less well on tests after reading screenplays
about idiotic people. Perhaps the old saying, “You are what you
read” is true?!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com
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