In my past, I had a boss that used to say, "Bring your best everyday, no matter what 'your best' is that day."
That really stuck with me, and I now tell others that as well.
The idea is to put forth whatever amount of positive energy is the best you can give that day, knowing that some days 'your best' will be better than other days.
Like you, and everyone else, I'm human, so that means we experience life and an array of information and emotions that have an effect on us and how we interact in the world.
Sometimes I feel like I'm running on all cylinders and everything falls into place smoothly, and other times I can't seem to do anything correct.
So far, today has been a day where I can't seem to get things together. I've felt behind from the moment I woke up.
A little spark to get you moving in the right direction
Then I did something that helped me change my mindset a bit -- enough to infuse a little positive energy and self-talk.
The result is that I now have a little momentum to build upon to turn my day around and give 'my best' at a slightly higher level than I previously thought possible today.
Knowing that I'm likely my own worst critic, and you probably are your own worst critic too, I went out to my LinkedIn profile and realized I have several Recommendations there.
Recommendations on one's LinkedIn profile are from others you've worked with who have given a nice testimonial about you/your work.
I read through a few, and it helped me realize that I am good at what I do. I do bring value to others. These people who I admire and respect have documented it for the world to see.
When you need a self-talk pick-me-up read a few of your LinkedIn Recommendations.
Another approach is to keep a folder in your email account where you save positive emails from those you work with/for who thank you for a job well-done and read them periodically as affirmations that even though you may have some not-so-good-days, you have and will have good days.
posted by: Nick Venturella