What are you known as in the work place? Is the label attached to your name a badge of honor or mark of disgrace? If it’s the latter, fear not. Even though it’s tough to change your way of reacting to and dealing with stress since it’s been ingrained from the time you were a child, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. Start by shutting your mouth, opening your ears, and opening up.
- These old patterned ways of responding are lodged in your nervous system. They were developed when you were 3 or 7 or 9 years old.
- By the time you were in your teens these behaviors were deeply entrenched and you may have even been named by your behavior as the feisty one, the quiet one or the funny one.
- One of the most important and hardest things to do when you leave the teen years behind, is to reinvent yourself, and oversee how you want to be known in your work setting.
“If you want to up your game to be in the finals for best of class, take the time to look at why you always challenge others or back away simply because that is what you were programmed to do. Make the commitment to shut up, listen up and open up. It’s as easy as one, two, three.”