It’s gray and rainy here on Prince Edward Island, and usually I hit the deck running hard on a Monday morning. But not today. Is it the rain? The gloom? The wind? Whatever it is, I am not running at peak performance. And, because I have the luxury of not having to do something vital today, I can wallow in the grayness with virtually no visible pain.
But what if I had to give a presentation today? I would certainly have to snap out of it. Reframe my perspective. Pull up the ol’ bootstraps and psyche myself into peak performance. Sure, 90% of this is about thinking positively about your day. The optimum outcome. The journey you will take.
But there ARE things you can do to get you in a happier, sunnier place. Go someplace quiet; take a deep breath and close your eyes. Imagine yourself in a literally sunnier place with happy memories. Linger on the images, the connections, and the smell of the day. Connect with the peacefulness and happiness…and smile! Laugh if you like. And when you open your eyes, continue to smile. And the next person you see, give them an even bigger smile (or a hug if you’re like me). Say hello to the people in your audience and you’ll find your happiness becomes contagious!