Setting an alarm on your phone can improve your attitude and focus. Considering the worst possible outcome can improve your life.
Last week I was speaking to a friend who said that something he’s been doing has made him feel better.
He pre-sets the alarm on his phone to go off about 4-5 times a day. And when the alarm goes off, he asks himself, “What was I just thinking about?” “What is my attitude at this moment?”
He doesn’t overanalyze the moment. He just stops what he’s doing for a few seconds and asks those questions. He told me he was surprised the number of times he caught himself worrying over things and how many times he had a negative attitude.
He started to shift negative thoughts to positive ones or just simply admit that he was negative at the moment, and allowing more worry or negativity created a bigger hole to dig out of.
The more he practiced, the more his thoughts improved. He said it started to calm him down and elevate his mood, or in some cases, at the very least, force him to be brutally honest with himself.
I started doing it last week, and it works. I was surprised how many times I was worried about something or even negative about something. As I did it more and pre-set my phone alarm each day to go off five various times in the day, I noted a shift in my thoughts. It’s a mental exercise that’s simple, yet eye-opening. The only discipline that’s required is that you set the alarm and be honest.
Give it a try. It may help guide you in the right direction with business, finances, health, fitness, nutrition, how you think, and just about every area of your life.
The second tip is one I got from Dr. Jordan Peterson, a professor at the University of Toronto and a clinical psychologist. I saw him on a podcast with Joe Rogan, and he mentioned that when people are presented with an exercise to write in detail about their ideal future, it tends to clarify the future for them, as well as their goals.
Just as powerful, he said when people are told to write in detail about the future they want to avoid, it scares them and acts as a wake-up call to making changes now in order to avoid that future.
I tried the exercise and found that it helps not only to clarify my goals, but also to renew my focus. I also found writing in detail about the future I want to avoid just as interesting and somewhat scary! It motivated me to make a few changes to my current career strategy and to push forward with certain things I’ve wanted to do.
What I like about this exercise is that it gives a clear vision of your ideal life versus the life you want to avoid in three to five years. And the more you write about each in vivid detail, the more illuminating it is.
No matter the subject, whether it’s your career, weight loss, finances, relationships or your entire life, you’ll find both of these exercises enlightening.