How to Change Your Mindset Using Words

Words have tremendous power and influence. Short, simple statements such as “I love you,” “I hate you,” “You’re hired,” and “You’re fired” can change a person’s life. But it isn’t just what we say to another person that can have a tremendous impact. The words we choose to say can change how other people perceive us, and change our own mindset.

Never underestimate the power of words. 

Compare the following statements. What does each pair of statements say about the speaker’s mindset? Which words are confident? Which words are apologetic?

Sorry, I’m late.

Thank you for waiting.

The first expression is very common. However, you are starting off with an apology (nothing wrong with that). But by saying, “Thank you for waiting,” you are acknowledging the other person and speaking in a more positive way by not beginning with sorry.

Don’t do that.

Remember to…

Giving an order with “Don’t” is quick and to the point. “Don’t step on the grass.” But using “don’t” also emphasizes the negative. You can make the same point using positive wording: “Remember to avoid the new grass.” Or “Remember to log off before you leave the office.”

I didn’t hear what you said. Could you say it again?

Could you repeat what you said in a different way? 

A slight change in wording changes your meaning and intent. In the first example, you’re admitting you weren’t paying attention and the speaker must remember what he or she said. In the second example, you’re implying you were listening (even if your mind drifted) and you want to make sure you understood what was said.

How do I know if I can finish the task correctly?

What if I make a mistake using the new software?

These two examples have the same negative mindset in common. The speaker is focused on failure or possible failure. The speaker is leaving the outcome to chance and fate.

What can I do to ensure I finish this task correctly? 

What are some common mistakes and what can I do to avoid them?

Compare the negative mindset examples to the sentences above. Notice the change to a positive mindset. The speaker is taking initiative and controlling the outcome. The speaker doesn’t know what to do, but is telling the listener that he or she wants to be prepared and will make sure the outcome will be the best possible.

Key Takeaways

The words you choose to express an idea are part of your mindset. You can express an idea in a way that makes you appear negative and lacking in confidence. Or you can choose words that show initiative and positivity. Your words are a powerful extension of your personality and mindset.

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Managing Your Time and Staying Productive

If you could control time, would you go back to change the past so you could revisit a memory or redo a mistake? How awesome it would be to freeze that moment and have all the minutes to do everything you want with hours to spare! Managing your time and staying productive would not be a problem for you.

A 60 Minutes/ Vanity Fair poll in 2015 found that people would like to go back in time to prevent catastrophes such as the sinking of the Titanic and the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Some people would like to witness firsthand events such as the opening of King Tut’s tomb and the first landing on the moon. Overall of those polled, 53% were more interested in their future than in what went wrong in the past.

Each morning, you have the future ahead of you. If you manage your time well, you’ll finish the day feeling like you’ve been productive.

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Lunar New Year: Rabbits and Prosperity

It’s the lunar new year, also called Chinese New Year, and the perfect time to think about prosperity, health, and good fortune. Inflation is the word on many people’s minds, not prosperity, but we can still celebrate the bright side of darker times.

What does prosperity and good fortune mean to you? You could be rich in family, friends, and other relationships. You could be rich in luck. For example, you pop into a store and the item you’re looking for is on sale. Or you’ve planned an important event and it’s supposed to snow that day, but turns out to be sunny instead.

This year may be harsh on the finances, so it may be the year to plant seeds. Invest in your education and skills so that you have a higher-paying job next year. Or meet people who will teach you about investments, or partner with you on a business venture that becomes profitable in the future.

Rabbits in the Chinese Zodiac

This lunar new year is the year of the rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. The rabbit is considered the luckiest of the zodiac animals. Other cultures around the world also consider the rabbit as a symbol of luck that leads to success. It’s an animal associated with prosperity and new beginnings.

People born in the year of the rabbit (2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, etc) are thought to have more chances to make money than those born under other zodiac signs. However, this also means they can make a big profit or have little to no return on their investments.

The best careers for rabbits are in healthcare, education, religion, medicine, law/law enforcement, or culture. Rabbits are skilled at hands-on activities such as painting, calligraphy, cooking, and tailoring.

Is the No-Interview Hiring Model Changing Talent Acquisition

Both interviewers and interviewees dread job interviews. Interviewers can spend hours reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates, and checking references, only to find that none of the hundreds of applicants is the right fit. Interviewees can send out hundreds of resumes and receive zero responses or get a handful of interviews and still be jobless at the end of the month.

It’s an exhausting process for companies that hire for several jobs on an ongoing basis. How many hundreds of candidates do they need to interview to find a handful with the job skills they are looking for?

The no-interview hiring model is changing the talent acquisition process.

The no-interview hiring model allows companies to hire many candidates for many positions in a short amount of time. Also, with this approach, companies are assured that candidates have the skills required for the job.

Skills-based assessments using artificial intelligence (AI) eliminate the need for interviewing multiple candidates for multiple jobs. It also reduces the costs of lengthy hiring processes. With computerized testing, companies can test if candidates have the communication skills and job skills needed through computerized testing.

Candidates will save the time spent on cover letters and resumes, and preparing for job interviews. After writing an assessment, they will receive their assessment score and immediate feedback about whether or not they are hired for the job.

The no-interview hiring model will change how companies will hire for multiple jobs in industries such as customer service in 2023. More about the no-interview hiring model is detailed in this article.

How to Deal with Distractions While at Work

Distractions can be relaxing. Distractions can be harmful. How you deal with distractions determines if you can manage your time or watch it slip away from you. If you are distracted while at work, try these tips on how to deal with distractions to keep yourself focused.

1 Put Your Mind into Work Mode

Imagine your mind as a bunch of rooms. If you can, divide your life into compartments to avoid distractions. If you work from home, there is plenty to distract you from doing your work. Your family members may want your attention. Or your delicious lunch is tempting you to go to the kitchen. That TV series you’re hooked on is beckoning you to finish one more episode.

A mental switch into work mode can include changing into work clothes (your work sweater, your work hoodie) and starting your routine, such as getting your cup of coffee, opening up your computer, and checking your work emails. 

If your job involves a lot of brainstorming and creative thinking, it’s easy to take a moment to check messages on your phone, wander off to get a quick snack, or peek out the window to see what the neighbors are doing. “I’m doing some research,” you say. The break might inspire you with a breakthrough.

The ding! of a work email can be super exciting if your mind is completely blank and you’re stuck on your creative work task. What should you write next? How do you tackle this problem? Checking a work message can be a nice distraction. After all, you’re still in work mode. You’re just off task. Having a timer helps keep you on task.

2 Prioritize and Time Your Tasks

Sometimes, despite your best intentions, it is difficult to stay in work mode. You might be concerned about a sick relative. You might be worried about your finances. You might have fought with your spouse that morning. However, office hours have begun and you need to get some work done.

Start by mapping out what work tasks you absolutely must complete and what tasks would be nice to complete. Prioritize tasks that must get done by a specific time or end of the day. 

Use a timer and block off your day in 15 or 30 minute chunks – decide what increment works best for you. It’s easier for your mind to wander if you think you have all day to finish your work. Set a goal to complete a specific task within your time block. With short-term goals, it’s easier to stay focused.

3 Set Aside Time for Self Care

Sometimes telling yourself to switch to work mode or prioritize tasks isn’t enough, especially if you’re dealing with something that affects your mental or physical health. 

For example, you just found out you have a major health issue to deal with in the coming months or you’re dealing with a conflict at home that’s giving you sleepless nights.

Provide yourself with something to look forward to, such as a favorite snack or lunch to reward yourself when you finish part of the work day. If you can, take a nap or listen to some music. Go for a walk during lunch. Talk with a friend during your break. What you do after work is important as well, such as spending time with friends or family, or going to the gym. Check if you’re getting enough sleep. Plan an activity so you have something to look forward to at the end of the work week.

Distractions can be fun, but sometimes too much distraction can lower your productivity at work.

What do you do when distractions pull you in multiple directions?

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