21/04/20, Stuart Pownall
When you understand these potential responses, you can put problems into perspective more easily and get a sense of what you can and can't accomplish. This enables you to focus your efforts where they'll have the most impact.
Let's look at how to use the elements of the CIA model in the workplace.
Control the Things That You Can Control
This is the right place to focus your attention for powerful results. First of all, adapt the way you respond to the situations around you (you can read our blog by Bonnie Clarke about this). Try to maintain a positive attitude, sleep well, eat well and make sure you have some sort of routine. Take the opportunity to try something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the time for. Learning a new language etc.
Influence What You Can Influence
Having a strong influence is the next best thing to having control. Clearly, you can’t fix what’s on the news or how constant it is, but you can change how you’re responding to it. Try reducing the time spent watching, listening, or reading news articles. Limit the time you spend on social media for example. Help others by spreading your own positivity whenever you interact with them.
Accept – but Manage – What You Cannot Control Or Influence
Sometimes, an issue will genuinely be beyond your control or influence. There's the weather, What’s left on the supermarket shelves, government decisions…. The list goes on. The more time spent focussing on these things, the more likely you are to become stressed. Once you accept that these are out of your control, it can actually help you feel more in control.
What to do next:
Make a list of the things that are weighing on your mind and split them into the C,I,A categories. The use that information to get yourself back in the drivers seat.
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