Mind Over Matter: Choosing Your Attitude


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Virginia Forum 2010

Do you think you could accomplish more if circumstances were different? Attend this program to discover and take away three specific approaches for enhancing your "outlook" and answering the question, "What is 'mind over matter' anyway?" Arrive prepared to laugh and be busy doing an "attitude tune-up!”

Presenter: Barbara E. Williams – Managing Partner, Global Associates, Inc.

Forum 2010 Event Page: http://wp.me/P4HrB-1Mk

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Mind Over Matter: Choosing Your Attitude

  1. 1. ““Everything has been said before, but sinceEverything has been said before, but since nobody listens, we have to keep going backnobody listens, we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.”and beginning all over again.” ——Andre GideAndre Gide
  2. 2. • Crucible -Crucible - any life altering event,any life altering event, positive or negative, that changes yourpositive or negative, that changes your view of the world.view of the world. • Adaptive capacity -Adaptive capacity - your ability to takeyour ability to take that event and learn and grow in athat event and learn and grow in a positive way.positive way.
  3. 3. • 3 Major Influences:3 Major Influences: 1.1.NewspapersNewspapers 2.2.TelevisionTelevision 3.3.Other peopleOther people
  4. 4. 1. Change your interpretation of facts.1. Change your interpretation of facts. • “Our experiences are much less important than how we choose to think about them.”
  5. 5. How many BMW’s do you have inHow many BMW’s do you have in your organization?your organization?
  6. 6. Actions:Actions: 2. Check Your Focus!2. Check Your Focus!
  7. 7. 3. Create your own mental space.3. Create your own mental space. • Turn off your car radio.Turn off your car radio. • Turn off your crackberry, cell phone,Turn off your crackberry, cell phone, television, etc.television, etc. • Go for a walk.Go for a walk. • Spend some quiet time in nature.Spend some quiet time in nature. • Apply the 20/80 rule to listening.Apply the 20/80 rule to listening. • Rest your mind!Rest your mind!
  8. 8. • It’s not what you say, but whatIt’s not what you say, but what you repeatedly say.you repeatedly say. Action: Make aAction: Make a language shift.language shift. 1.1.Talk yourself up.Talk yourself up. 2.2.Speak with strength.Speak with strength. 3.3.Ask the right questions.Ask the right questions.
  9. 9. • You cannot always control yourYou cannot always control your feelings, but you can control yourfeelings, but you can control your words and your actions.words and your actions. • Action: Make aAction: Make a behavior shift.behavior shift. 1.1.Change your reference group.Change your reference group. 2.2.Start an attitude crusade at your homeStart an attitude crusade at your home or office.or office.
  10. 10. Emotional IntelligenceEmotional Intelligence 1.1. Self-awarenessSelf-awareness 2.2. Self-regulationSelf-regulation 3.3. MotivationMotivation 4.4. EmpathyEmpathy 5.5. Social skillsSocial skills
  11. 11. What’s your sentence?What’s your sentence? Examples: • “No one can make you feel unimportant unless you let them.” • “We shall overcome.” • “I’ll be sober in the morning; but you, Madam, will still be ugly.”
  12. 12. Some Take-away practices:Some Take-away practices: • Read books/listen to CD’s—choose what’s on your mind! • Practice visualization—strive for significance vs. success. • Write down your goals—review them weekly.
  13. 13. Final Quote:Final Quote: ““Do or do not. There is noDo or do not. There is no try.”try.” ——Yoda,Yoda, Star WarsStar Wars