The snow is falling. Big fat snowflakes catch on my eyelashes and cling to my clothes. Fluffy white flakes are covering my tracks as fast as I can lay them down.
No one is around as I glide down the slope.
The only sound is the quiet swoosh of my skis on the white cushiony snow.
Apparently 2014-15 was a “bad season” in Whistler, Canada. That’s what I was told by my local newsagent, the lady in the supermarket, the guy at airport security and Whistler locals, even before I arrived in March. Sure, the snowfall wasn’t as much as they’re used to, but with a base of 2m and the biggest terrain in North America, how bad could it be?
Powder days, bluebird skies, fabulous carving, free outdoor concerts, new and old friends and amazing memories to last a lifetime.
These are just some of the epic events I would have missed if I had taken on board just some of the negative comments.
So, if you find yourself focusing on the negative, when pessimism starts to dominate optimism, how can you change your perspective?
We have the power to create and change our neural pathways. The more they are used, the stronger they become.
If you catch negative thoughts before they take hold, changing your focus to the positive, you open yourself up to epic moments, days and experiences. Over time the positive neural pathway will become the easiest one to take. The more we do this, the stronger the path becomes and our behavioural response becomes almost automatic. There is a lot of research based on neuroplasticity and I encourage you to explore this fascinating insight into our behaviour and our brains.
How can you use this technique every day to change your positive for successful outcomes?
- Focus on the solution, not the problem.
- Decide how you want to spend your day e.g. frowning or smiling, harassed or calm.
- Share the positive, its contagious.
- Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish, it is healthy and necessary.
- Accept that not everyday is going to be great or even good, but it doesn’t have to be miserable. It’s up to you which neural pathway you will take.
- Have a workable Corporate Responsibility Policy and involve everyone in the ideas, goals and plans set out in it. Making a positive change within a company’s culture has an amazing knock-on affect to personal lives.
- Visit Heads Up to discover free tools and resources for mentally healthy workplaces.
- Breathe. Take the positive pathway.
And for all those powder hounds and ski bunnies out there wondering what next season will bring, listen to Mike Douglas, the Godfather of freeskiing and Whistler local, as he considers the “bad season” and asks “What kind of person do you want to be?”
Let me know what you do to change the direction of your thoughts, find the positive pathways or set yourself up for a good day.
Wishing you all the positivity life has to offer.
Rebecca Collett, Founder of Snowed Under SolutionsIf you like it, please share it