The food industry is one of the most competitive industries in the world. If you want to maintain a high performance level, you need a strategy to develop a positive outlook. Energy as well as motivation are finite. Take the time to adopt habits that replenish your stores, so you are able to face the day from a place of strength. Here are three practices to help you develop a positive mental outlook.
Record Your Wins
Failures, big or small, imagined or real, have a way of tainting everything around them. Think about how a drop of black dye dissipates into a glass of water, eventually clouding the whole glass. If you want to stay on top, you need to stay clear-headed. Keeping a record of wins is a good practice for maintaining a positive perspective. The key is consistency. Don’t overthink the process. Invest a few dollars in a small pocket notebook and get in the habit of recording positive things that occur over the course of the day. Then, when you end your shift or work week, take ten minutes to review your collection of wins. If you are having trouble identifying wins, you really need to make this practice a habit. Every day is full of wins if you have the proper perspective; sometimes a win is simply beating traffic to make it to work on time. Invest in this habit and watch your perspective gradually shift towards positivity, thereby enhancing your productivity.
Invest in the Moment
Obstacles will inevitably present themselves. The chef will call in sick, appliances will break, or guests will complain. It is critical that you identify activities that quickly boost your mood. Listen to an upbeat song, take a brisk walk, or simply close your eyes for ten minutes. These are great methods for drawing yourself to awareness in the moment and transforming the moment into a positive experience. Experiment with a few options, and have a strategy for implementing them into your work routine. Most of working strong is about working smart. Prepare for obstacles and they won’t knock you out.
Nurture Your Relationships
Humans, even introverts, are social by nature. Work should not be the only focus of your life. Balanced people perform better. This is particularly dangerous for single people who don’t necessarily have familial obligations pulling them to realities other than work. Nurture the relationships in your life. Investing in your relationships prompt you to grow in ways that are not possible in the workplace environment. Relationships require high levels of sacrifice and empathy. These are important characteristics to develop as a person and also as a professional. Although it might seem counterintuitive, direct some of your energy towards strengthening your relationships, and watch your work life improve
Every person is unique, so each person needs to discover what measure of these activities suit their situation. The universal principle at play is the need to implement some sort of practice to build a positive mindset.
So, take a few minutes, sit at a table with crisp fresh linens and a cup of coffee, and consider what would be best for you.
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