Energy is contagious. Especially negative energy. We have to protect ourselves from taking on other people’s bad mojo. But how? Too often, my teenagers have an unpleasant exchange with a friend, pop off their mobile device, and hurl their newly developed bad attitude at me, their closest target. I can let it stick and drop in; I can get defensive and fight back, or I can do even better.
Anyone who has ever worked with me knows that I put lots of stock in mining a positive outlook. Call it flow, call it Connection, whatever the label, I know that I am in control of my attitude and energy at all times and I focus my attention on keeping the best vibes. So when a nasty bomb is tossed my way, I find a way to counter maneuver.
If it lands, you have one choice – Shake it off! Like Taylor Swift’s hit song, “haters are gonna hate… – but you gotta ‘Shake it off!”. And I do mean literally. Nothing gets your energy back on track faster than a big ole’ dance party. Try it for yourself. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, stop and take 3 minutes to just dance. Make sure you engage your caboose. Like a dog wagging its tail, shake it like you mean it. Have fun for 3 minutes just wagging it all out. Now stop. Notice how much lighter you feel? It’s a simple tool to life your mood, your energy and ultimately your day out of heavy and grey. Just shake it off!