David Robinson, former center for the San Antonio Spurs and Admiral Capital Group Partner, says his philosophy is, “Do everything in the right frame of mind.”  Great advice for every leader, parent, person.  Analyzing, deciding, communicating and acting, all when you’re in the right frame of mind, will make you more influential and effective.

There are three ways to get into the right frame of mind before you make any decision or take action:

  • Stop whatever you’re doing for 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes and get grounded; not angry about yesterday or worried about tomorrow…just dealing with present-time reality.
  • Take 3 mindful, deep breaths. Slow down your racing mind and release emotional and physical tension held in your body.
  • Ask yourself, “What’s the purpose of this next activity?  What outcome will best serve the good of all concerned?”

Now, you’re better positioned to engage because being in the right state of mind enables healthy choices and wise, right action.

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