I have been in a reflective mood today probably because I had some time on my hands and a day off work. It made me realise that in the busy week when I am rushing from one thing to another, dashing from work to the stables and vice versa I often forget to focus on what matters.
For the past 18 months I have been trying to change my perspective on lots of things and develop a more positive outlook. It hasn’t been easy because it goes against my nature cynicism and ‘glass half empty’ approach. My position is usually to expect the worst and that way you are less likely to be disappointed. But that isn’t the best way to live your life, or certainly it isn’t for me.
I want to make sure I can enjoy every day I have and be as happy as possible. Taking a negative position is never going to be the best way to achieve that. So, I have set about learning tips and techniques that can help me to change my perspective. At the end of 2014 I was lucky enough to be drawn to a special person who is a life coach among other things. It all sounds a bit odd but trust me it was an important meeting.
One of the key exercises that play an important part in assisting my mood is to spend time recognising what I have and being grateful for it. This sounds like such a small thing and in some ways it is but it has such a big impact. It can change your mind set really quickly. We rarely focus on what we have got and instead prefer to focus on what we haven’t got. The gaps in our lives become our focus.
During the past seven days I have neglected this and that definitely hasn’t helped my state of mind and sense of happiness. After a day to reflect and consider recent events I am now back on track, I have so much to be grateful for and that is definitely worth remembering
Have you ever felt you are treading the same path at work and that you are doing the same things day after day? I know people who are quite comfortable with specialising in a particular aspect or area of work. But I really would struggle to accept a working day where I knew what I was going to face. The predictable would be major turn off for me from any work environment.
The reason this has been on my mind is because I have had a fast and furious 48 hours. During the past two days I have so far managed around two hours sleep with the demands of work keeping me up from the early hours of this morning. I won’t give a rundown of what my day has included but it was anything but boring.
When I am faced with new problems, challenges, opportunities and situations I think it is when I am at my best. I like it when things don’t happen as you would expect and particularly when the day takes a few unexpected twists and turns. I know that if this happened all day every day it would become quite wearing but I can’t feel creative when it feels like I am stuck on a treadmill.
This is what keeps me still enjoying police communication. It is a role that is never predictable or straightforward. If there isn’t something you are trying to manage at home, there will be some national issue that impacts on you. No two days are ever really the same and every day is definitely a learning experience. There is always the opportunity to use your experience and find ways to deal with emerging issues.
I have an amazing position as head of communication in such an interesting area of work. It may mean I face a lot of pressures from demands, threats, risks and national issues but it is never predictable or boring. There is always something new, different or unusual that you face and you have to be able to meet it and respond. I may be tired but I am feeling incredibly lucky.
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Tonight’s blog post came from a suggestion from my mum and of course who would go against a suggestion from their mum? I think it is borne from the fact she is reaching a milestone birthday this year (and I won’t mention which one!). In this fast world where things are not allowed to age and we are all looking to keep wrinkles and grey hairs at bay, are we spending too much time valuing youth and not enough recognising the wisdom that comes from age?
Of course just growing older doesn’t give you automatic wisdom and you can avoid learning anything during your years. However, one thing that you do get through age is experience and it is that which brings something you can’t gather despite widespread reading or teaching.
Experience is mentioned on nearly every job description that I have ever seen. There are skills that you can list but experience is the essence of what you have gathered through your years doing something. In this case it is the broad knowledge of work.
In a nutshell experience is “practical contact with and observation of facts or events” and the more exposure we have to this, through aging, the more we have to put current issues, crises or other factors into perspective. We know after experience that when things are bad they generally get better, when we are under pressure at work we get through it, and when we face a problem we have a wide range of solutions and experience tells us what is likely to work.
When people are young and enthusiastic they can bounce in with bright ideas and others can get swept along. Don’t get me wrong there are times when this is what is needed and this approach can benefit a team, group or organisation. But I don’t think we give enough recognition to those who have gathered years of experience in a role.
Experience should never be a lazy way of getting people to agree. The ‘listen to me because I have the experience of this’ approach should never be allowed. What people need to do is explain what the experience is telling them and share the knowledge that they have gained.
I might appear to rarely listen to my parents now, in the same way I ignored their advice in my formative years, but there is a lot to value from life experiences and knowledge that is gained from every day of our lives.