Walking Through the Twilight Zone With Confidence
Do you feel like you’ve been walking through the Twilight Zone for a while now? If so, you are not alone. A recent Gallup poll found that 2020 was officially the most stressful year in most recent history.
Polls like this and hearing story after story of people’s anxiety and stress levels soaring while their motivation and optimism about the future are declining stirred me to start a new series; Walking Through The Twilight Zone with Confidence.
Navigating through unsettling times can certainly be frightening but it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it “feels”.
In this new series, each week I will be sharing tips on how you can identify and grow your strengths during times of uncertainty.
You possess countless strengths. The key is for you to be aware of them so that you can learn how to maximize and use them to reduce stress, enhance your wellbeing, AND increase your performance.
Yes, you CAN recruit much-needed motivation even while walking through the Twilight Zone.
This week, we are going to look at a strength you may not even realize you have.
This Week’s Strength: Curiosity
Curiosity is a powerful strength that is associated with high performance. It allows you to see and do things differently; broadening your perspective.
Dr. Marcia Reynolds, Neuro Behavior Expert, believes that curiosity is the most underrated emotion that has the power to drive success.
Surprisingly, curiosity is also a positive emotion and when aroused, it is considered inherently rewarding and pleasurable.
Curiosity is defined as a hunger to learn. Children are curious by nature. They explore, they question, they wonder, and are constantly drawn to new things. While they are exploring, they are discovering.
Unfortunately, as we grow into adulthood, curiosity fades and we become individuals who have stopped discovering; hence stifling curiosity.
How can you awaken the curious child inside?
Waking Up Curiosity: I Wonder…
Some of you know that my first career was being a homeschool mom.
As part of my curriculum, I included a science journal writing assignment once a week. The title of the journal was, “I wonder!” This one exercise fostered an inner thirst inside of my kids to expand their thinking.
Every entry in their journal, they started with, I wonder…
This ignited them to find the answers to what they were wondering that day.
Since curiosity unlocks a world of opportunity, how can we as adults develop a more curious nature? Researchers have found that journaling by hand and listening to brain music helps unlock that childlike curiosity.
Another way to tap into your curious nature is to develop the habit of asking yourself powerful, open-ended questions.
Good questions stimulate your mind to expand and search for answers; thus cultivating strategic and critical thinking skills.
Some good questions to start asking:
What are the advantages to this change I’m going through?
How can this be improved?
What might I be missing?
Some Action Steps to Wake Up Curiosity:
- Start your own “I wonder” idea journal
- Create Mind Maps to expand your thoughts
- Take a different route home from work one day. Look at the architecture, the landscape, the feel of the neighborhood.
The Twilight Zone looks and feels very scary at times but it is no match for the powerful strengths God has placed inside of you.
Remember that you are Creative,
You are Resourceful,
You are Whole.
Make it a STRONG day,
Always remember – Nothing is Impossible
I have created this anti-anxiety and anti-stress tool kit, proven by science, to help you reduce anxiety and stress. I guarantee you that if you implement some of these ideas and use these tools; you will navigate this uncertainty boat like a highly skilled Captain.
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