3 Takeaways from Managing Thought by Mary Lore

Sarah Strawcutter - Customer Service Representative ·

Let’s be honest, work, no matter what industry, can be stressful. A question I ask on daily a daily basis is, how do we cope with the stress in a healthy way? Managing Thought by Mary Lore has an interesting perspective on how to manage yourself. Think of it this way, you need to learn how to manage yourself before you can learn to manage others. Sound familiar? It should because at EDSI, we have our daily ways: Show up, Smile, and Support. A part of Smile is “I am self-aware” which means that you know your strengths and weaknesses and you can recognize them in others. If you can understand how your body deals with stress, you are in a sense self-aware.

Here are the top 3 things I took away from Managing Thought:

1. To manage your thoughts, you must live in the moment and focus

It’s so easy to focus on the future. “I have to have these files done by Friday.” “Thursday is a workshop I want to attend but I have to do an application.” When you find yourself thinking about the future or even the past, pause, take some deep breaths, and think “what can I do right now?” When doing this, you open up your mind and release any extra stress that may be manifesting. It allows you to be inspired and as a result inspire those you serve.

2. Try replacing any “have” thoughts with “choose” thoughts

How often do you think about how you HAVE to do something? I know I think about the Haves of life on a daily basis. Ever hear the saying “Life is a choice”? In this case, it is! Try thinking I choose statements instead of I have. Here is an example: “I have to go to work today.” No one is forcing you to go to work; you choose to go to work so that you can afford or enjoy the lifestyle you have chosen. Next time you think “I have to…” try and rephrase it to “I choose to…” It will definitely make you process your thoughts differently, even if it’s just for that one moment.

3. Powerful thoughts are different than positive thoughts

Powerful thoughts are those that inspire you. They don’t necessarily have to be positive and can be negative. If you have a negative thought but it inspires you to improve yourself or the situation, that’s a powerful thought. The important thing to remember is to not dwell on the negative thought. Think it, address it, and move on. A positive thought can sometimes not be a powerful thought. Can you think of an example of this?

Remember, in order to help others, it’s important to understand and take care of yourself. Managing Thought has helped me learn to better understand myself and it is my hope that you as the reader have learned some tips to help improve yourself too!