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Get Ready for the Ultimate Performance Review

Get Ready for the Ultimate Performance Review

  Your annual performance review is coming up and this is an important momentous occasion. How Can You Prepare for Review? Here Are Some Suggestions. In some instances, review reviews will come as no surprise and therefore give ample time for preparation. But in many instances the matchup will come out of nowhere; here are some strategies on how you can best prepare. Self-Talk Self-talk refers to an internal dialogue a person has with themselves. Influenced by their subconscious mind, self-talk often reveals thoughts, beliefs, questions and ideas from within themselves that emerge during conversation with themselves. Self-talk can either be positive or negative and is usually reflective of both personality and worldview - optimists tend to use more positive self-talk than pessimists. Negative self-talk can impact performance and cause anxiety and stress, making people more prone to thinking traps (overly rigid ways of looking at situations which cause people to miss important information and cues); catastrophizing, ruminating and polarized thinking being three such examples. Individuals can increase the effectiveness of their self-talk by becoming aware of it and realizing when they're engaging in negative thoughts, then working to replace these with more beneficial thoughts. While changing old habits may take some effort and persistence, the resultant boost to performance and well-being will certainly justify its effort. Positive self-talk can be an invaluable asset in sports. It can help players remain calm under pressure while remaining focused and composed; motivate players during games or practices; give instructions; provide motivation; or give instructions during training or practice. Research has demonstrated how using positive self-talk effectively results in improved technical abilities and overall game play. Positive self-talk helps athletes achieve better performances and reduce the risk of injury. To hone this skill, athletes can practice positive self-talk during non-sporting activities as a means of developing it further; friends or family members could act as coaches who evaluate progress and provide feedback. If you are experiencing difficulty changing the way you talk to yourself, speak to your physician. He or she may refer you to a mental health professional who can work with you; your insurance provider may even offer mental health plans; for instance, BCBS of Nebraska partners with Healthdirect to offer access to mental health professionals through your coverage - learn more by visiting Healthdirect's website; alternatively you can call the Mental Health Helpline at 1-800-273-8255 and connect with one immediately. Visualization Visualization is a technique in which you create mental images of yourself accomplishing the goals you've set for yourself, including feeling their associated emotions. It can be done alone or combined with other activities such as listening to music. Visualization creates new neural pathways in the brain which enable you to reach desired outcomes; many elite athletes employ guided imagery or mental rehearsal as part of their preparation routines. Visualization works to reduce anxiety levels. By visualizing yourself succeeding in any given situation, such as an athletic event, starting a new job or giving a presentation to clients, anxiety levels may rise dramatically. By closing your eyes and visualizing yourself winning or at least feeling good about its outcome, stress levels decrease drastically. Visualization is one of the main reasons so many athletes practice visualization before competing, since it doesn't require any equipment besides your imagination. Juliet Arnswold, an athlete who specializes in hurdles, uses visualization as part of her pre-meet routine for years - envisioning herself arriving at the stadium, warming up properly and then racing her race helps keep focus on winning her competitions. Visualization can also be an effective way of alleviating fear of failure. But it mustn't dwell too heavily on negative outcomes; athletes should remember not only visualizing ideal situations but also some worst-case ones as this will enable them to be prepared for situations which arise during competitions such as falls, injuries and equipment malfunctions. Visualization allows a person to go beyond simply seeing themselves succeed, by experiencing it first-hand and taking in all of its details - the sights, sounds and even smells associated with success can all be experienced in real time - creating an experience where their success becomes real, such as sitting down with family after earning that promotion they've worked so hard for. Focus Focus is a thinking skill that allows you to start tasks without distraction and stay attentive until completion, without procrastinating and remaining motivated during a complex project. Being able to focus helps make memory goals easier to meet faster while becoming the powerful learner you aspire to become. Experts advise practicing focus in short, distinct intervals to increase its efficiency. Prolonged work sessions may actually decrease productivity by making you tireder; to maximize focus development, divide work into multiple, clearly-delineated segments each day or week. First step to improving focus: identify what your MIT (Most Important Thing). This goal should take priority in your life; once this one thing has been set aside, prioritise all other tasks into secondary and additional goals. Focus, the iOS 15 and iPadOS Do Not Disturb feature, can help improve your focus. By setting one or more Focuses you can silence or allow notifications from people and apps that fall within its parameters, connect a Lock screen/Home screen/app filters with it, and even activate system settings like Dark Mode and Low Power Mode using Focus. Smart Activation lets you automatically turn on your Focus at certain times or locations, as well as when opening certain apps. To get started, visit Settings > Focus and tap one. Defense The nature of thesis defense puts you on the defensive. This can be stressful when the stakes are high - such as whether or not your career moves on to its next phase or you return for additional study and discovery. Plan ahead in this case by gathering all of the materials you will require for presentation as well as any notes that might come in handy during defense. Try to ensure all necessary materials will be present on defense day, and plan a trial run (in person or via video) several days beforehand so you're familiar with where and how everything will be set up. Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated with each passing day, using sophisticated tools to breach traditional office perimeters and gain entry to critical data. Due to this heightened threat level, businesses require an approach known as Defense in Depth that layers multiple security methods in order to close any gaps created when one solution alone is relied upon - protecting data against attacks such as phishing, business email compromise and credential theft is now easier than ever! For more on this holistic solution click here.

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