How will you cope until the next leave?

Posted on January 13, 2011. Filed under: Mindset, new possibilities, PMA, Positive Mental Attitude |

“One of our biggest time thieves are some of our more negative colleagues. They just complain and complain. I can not stand listening to them! What can I do? I try to avoid them, since they drain my energy.”  The young woman from the South of Sweden talks vividly about the work atmosphere in the open office.

“Yes, and as if that was not enough, it is the dark season and 13 weeks until the next leave!” Exclaims an elderly gentleman with white beard and a weather-beaten face that tells stories about fresh air and long walks in the nature.

Can a winning attitude get you through the dark winter? How do you turn failures into success with PMA? What is PMA?

Easter Day is always on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after March 21. Therefore, Easter Sunday is between 22 March and 25 April. This year Easter starts April 24, which is unusually late, and that means 13 working weeks until the next holiday. How will you manage it?

“Anyone who has a wife and young children knows that tennis is one of the easier things in life.”
John McEnroe (1959 -)

Decide to have a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)< 
A Positive Mental Attitude is an absolute condition for those who want to succeed in sport. I remember with warmth Sweden against Finland in ice hockey world championships, in 2003, when Sweden turned 1-5 into a winning game of 6-5 (sorry Finland, I know you hate it when we bring this to your attention) I have no idea what the team did during the 15 minutes breaks, but I am pretty sure they focused on solutions instead of dwelling on their problems.

With a positive mental attitude and a talent, anything is possible. How far can you go with your talent?

Focus on your future. Find solutions to problems that arise and focus on what you can learn from the situation. Take the opportunity to study how successful athletes behave, how successful people – those you admire – do. What qualities do you / can you emulate?

It is not just what you do, but why you do it.

I remember when I was 25 and started my first employment as an efficiency consultant in Stockholm. With respectful gaze, I went up to introduce myself to the consultant at the company who had made a tremendous career and was the big star. “Hello, you have to be Helen, I have heard so much about you.” Helen shook her head doubtfully and looked at my outstretched hand saying “Oh, and you have to be Petra, and I never would have hired you!” I looked curiously at my new idol and asked “Why not?” Helen shook her head and said sternly “You are too young! How will you be able to deal with a management team at Ericsson? “The situation was very new to me, but I asked, spontaneously. “And how old are you?” Helen replied briefly: I am 55 years old. ” ” Well “I said  “I would never have hired you!” The respectable consultant looked absolutely stunned and said “Why not?!” ” You are too old. “I gave her a wide and warm smile” However, the average age on us is perfect, so what do you say? Can I start working with you? “Helen was known to curse sometimes and said “Dammit, yes, you both have a sense of humour and a mind of your own. I’ll teach you everything I can. ”

Helen is still my mentor and I have so much to thank her for. She is a great teacher and an amazing business woman. Still going strong!

She has taught me that curiosity is the mother of learning, and repetition is the father of knowledge and she has taught me that it is OK to fail, because that is how I learn and that is the road to success.

It is not just what you do, but why you do it.

The moment you decide to start thinking in terms of solution, you become a different person, more constructive thinking – in every problem there is also a possibility!

It is a new year 2011 – what opportunities will  you focus on now? If you do not know where you want to go, you can end up anywhere. Make sure you have your goals ready and that they are specific, so that your mind is set on the next step.

Now my brain will get a relaxing weekend.

See you next week!

Best wishes

Petra Brask

“A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)


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