DR. E. CAROL WEBSTER’S
E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
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When you’re mindful of what’s going on around you and how you’re responding physically and emotionally, you’re likely to manage stress better and enjoy healthier living. But mindfulness helps you manage your personal brand too, so consider it a key success management skill. Increase awareness of what you’re doing and how you’re doing it to present yourself at your best.
Watch Your Mouth
Though people expect a rapid-fire response to things these days, don’t start talking just because someone asks you a question or starts a conversation. Take your time. Give yourself a chance to assess what’s being asked of you, how you feel about it, and just how you care to respond. Your words matter and are a direct reflection of you, whether you’re speaking or writing. Take a minute to think. Sometimes you’ll conclude that the best response is no response at all.
Think Before You Act
As with speaking, take time to contemplate decisions before springing into action. There may be several ways you can respond to things, so evaluate your options. Just what is going on? How do you feel about it? Some things may cause you to feel angry. Others may cause you to feel depressed. And others may fill you with joy. But don’t just respond with emotion and act on impulse. No emotion requires a certain action, so give yourself time to decide the best way to proceed. Sure, you may feel so annoyed with your staff that you want to fire everyone, but once you think this decision through, it’s not likely to be your best move.
Quiet Your Mind
Life on the fast track is hectic and requires continual deliberation and decision-making. But learn to quiet your mind. Some people enjoy formal meditation and look forward to their sessions with great anticipation. Even if you don’t have such a healthy routine, learn to tolerate some silence – including in your head. Mute your cellphone, shut your office door, and turn away from that desk full of clutter to rest your eyes and clear your mind. Take a few deep breaths. And before you jump back into the fray, take a moment to gaze at something of beauty outside your window or around you. Anything that brings a smile to your face will do. Though you may only have a minute to spare, even this tiny shot of time out and positivity will uplift you!
Mindfulness helps you manage your life and will help you manage your brand too. It’s an important success skill that you can use “on the go,” so add it to your success management tool chest!
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About the Author:
Dr. E. Carol Webster is a clinical psychologist consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
She is author of the book for those dealing with the stress of success ―
Success Management: How to Get to the Top and Keep Your Sanity Once You Get There,
The Fear of Success: Stop It From Stopping You! ―
the book to help you overcome fears that may be holding you back in your life and career
The Private Practice of Clinical Psychology in: Voices of Historical & Contemporary Black American Pioneers
To contact Dr. Webster visit online at http://drcarolwebster.com or call 954.797.9766.
E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Consulting
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