What State Do You Live In? (The Ready State?)

What State Do You Live In?

You may have heard this saying: “You’re going to be living in your body your entire life, so you might as well take care of it, like your home.”

So, too, goes the state of your mind – your attitude, your mood, your sense of optimism.

Our state of mind at any point in time defines the first step to taking on any challenge. The state of mind we are in – at the moment – gives us access to our entire potential, both physical and emotional.

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The Ready State

We all have a productive state of mind sometimes referred to as the ‘zone,’ present when we are clear-headed and focused. It doesn’t mean we can take on any challenge, or that we will ‘rule the world,’ Rather, it’s our state of mind when we are most capable of maximizing our unique abilities, also known as the “Ready State.”

In the Ready State, we are not clouded by negative head-trash. Our ‘man-inside-our-head’ is speaking to us with positive commentary instead of pessimistic forecasts. We have aligned our Enemies Within and are dancing with our Dragons.

We Know It When We See It

When we’re not in the Ready State, however, we are least capable of optimal performance. Typically, some outside stress that we internalize prevents us from being our best, seeing things clearly, being highly motivated and/or being optimistic about the future. Getting into the Ready State when we’re not in one is made more challenging when we have to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.

For those of us in sales positions or customer service, where our mere presence is required to perform our jobs, our State of Readiness can have severe consequences. Our customers can smell our State of being, like an aroma. When we are emotionally disconnected, self-absorbed or putting off ‘negative vibes,’ people will sense it.  And, our customers often make important decisions based on the emotions they feel. If we’re an influencer in that decision while not in the Ready State, our negative emotions are likely to have a large and negative impact on the result.

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So, Wake Up Ready

  • What do you do when you don’t wake up in the Ready State?
  • Can you recognize when you are not Ready?
  • What checks and balances do you have in place to test your mood or outlook?
  • Do you have a routine that you can rely on that will ease your mind, even if you don’t want to at the moment?
  • Do you have a purpose driven agenda that helps you stay focused?
  • Do you have a support system that can help you transition into a better frame of mind?
  • Do you understand that being in the Ready State requires that you understand your Enemies Within and the Dragons you may be avoiding?

Go Slay Dragons!

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