No this has nothing to do with living in one of the seedier areas of a city. This post is what we can do about having to continually work in in your red light area. Where every day you are doing things that aren't your strengths and where you have to deal with the insecurity of not looking your best. In my previous post I mentioned that one of the effects of working in a red light area was that negativity could become a part of your input into the rest of the team. I would like to look at ways that you can still be positive when having to work in a red light zone.
- Take one day at a time. Yep a week can seem like an eternity but try to find good things in each day as they come. Try to find enjoyment in certain areas of what you are doing that day.
- Enjoy the people that you are with. There is always an opportunity to be encouraging, to laugh or to enjoy the satisfaction of doing something with someone else. Try to focus in the goodness that you find in those around you.
- Dream. Yep if you are stuck in something that is quite mundane use it as an opportunity to dream of something bigger. Use the red light time constructively to think of new ideas and opportunities that may be just around the corner.
- Plan. A good idea needs a plan. So use this time to plan for how you can make your big idea happen.
- Do it. Don't get stuck in the rut for too long. Sooner or later you will have to do something about it. Take the plunge and be adventurous. In the Australian vernacular we would say, "have a go." There are lots of people out there who have been dissatisfied enough with their current situation who have had a go at something new and become enormous successes. The next one could be you or me.
We will all have times when we have to work in a red light area. Use these times as a motivation to push forward. They can help to clarify what your green light areas really are. They can motivate you to do something that may be the next really big opportunity for your life. Don't fall into the trap of negativity. You will end up just feeling sorry for yourself and the only one who can do that properly is yourself so it can be a very lonely place to be.