Harvard Business Review recently published a piece by Elizabeth Grace Saunders in which she explains that our passion for our career can actually sabotage our attempts to succeed. Replacing unhelpful thoughts with helpful ones and then learning to remember, focus on, and meditate on those helpful thoughts (yes, even at work), can make all the difference.
When you go from feeling energized, excited and in control of your work to feeling an overwhelming compulsion to achieve and produce, you've tipped from helpful harmonious passion into harmful obsessive passion.
But when you've grown accustomed to operating from a state of obsessive passion, you may want to act differently, but you just don't know how. Your deeply ingrained mental and behavioral patterns naturally lead you toward seemingly uncontrollable compulsion to work. Paradoxically, these natural reflexes inhibit the quality of your professional output. And when you do make small attempts to change, like leaving the office on time, you experience withdrawal symptoms, which send you scurrying back to your familiar habit patterns.
Fortunately, there is hope. You can rediscover a life of harmonious passion by intentionally changing your behavior and by replacing harmful thought patterns with helpful ones. To help you with this process, I've disclosed the thoughts I most commonly see coursing through people's minds when they feel stuck in a state of obsessive passion and offered suggestions on how to modify them.
Read the rest of her piece, The Thought Patterns of Success, for her specific suggestions on how to replace unhelpful thoughts with helpful thoughts.
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