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Objectivity

Objectivity is elusive. Objectivity is the ability to see the situation accurately, without the influence of emotion, prejudice, or bias. When you’re observing, you see what is actually there. When you’re perceiving, you’re seeing more than what is actually there.

We often create turmoil with the belief that a situation should be a particular way.

  • My boss supposed to be supportive of me.
  • My ex-girlfriend should still be with me.
  • I should have more money than Bob.
  • I should have more free time.

Accept the situation and decide to move forward.

Become more aim and see the truth with these techniques:

1. Avoid quick reactions.

Have you ever noticed that deer run when frightened? It’s not a thoughtful process. A deer either freezes or runs. The instinct to flee is strong. In fact, it’s so strong that deer often flee from one problem only to be struck by a car.

  • Reacting quickly results from instinct. Your boss infuriates you, so you quit. Your spouse makes a mistake, and you verbally unload on them. But reacting quickly is rarely the best option.
  • Take a moment to assess the situation before choosing a course of action.

2. Consider your sensitive spots.

Which topics cause you to routine overreact? Are you easily slighted? Are you impatient? Do you hold strong political beliefs that you defend vigorously?

3. Strip away your perceptions.

Take the situation at face value. Suppose you’re waiting for your friend to arrive at the movie theater. Depending on your experiences and your personality, you might conclude:

  • She had a car accident.
  • She’s stuck in traffic.
  • She doesn’t respect my time.
  • She’s late again. I’m really going to let her have it when she gets here.
  • However, you can’t know any of these things until you actually speak to her. Why upset yourself when there might not be a reason to be upset? All you know is that she’s late. More helpful questions might include:
  • Should I call her?
  • Should I wait for her or go inside and buy the popcorn?
  • Will there still be seats available if I wait much longer?
  • If I continue waiting, how long should I wait?

4. Make a list of what you know regarding the situation.

You might know that your company’s earnings are down this quarter. However, you might not know that you’re going to lose your job.

 

  • Before deciding, make a list of what you know for a fact.
  • Then make a list of logical conclusions.
  • Finally, note your thoughts that are unsupported and tainted by your emotions and negative thought patterns.

5. De-personalize the situation.

Imagine you were giving advice to a friend or a stranger. Objectivity is easier to find when you take your ego out of the equation. Obstacles and setbacks seem smaller when they’re occurring to someone else.

Few people can rightly consider themselves to be aim. We’re all victims of our past and our erroneous thinking. It takes tremendous effort to maintain objectivity. The ability to see the truth lays the groundwork for overcoming obstacles.

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure despite overwhelming obstacles.”

                                   – Christopher Reeve

Maintain Your Composure

Obstacles present themselves each day. We’re constantly presented with a choice either to maintain our emotional state, maintain your composure or to become rattled.

Whether it’s a traffic jam on the way to work, an employee that calls in sick, or a child that’s broken your front window, two possibilities exist. Which do you routinely choose?

Try these tips for maintaining your composure during chaos:

1. Be defiant.

On some level, composure results from defiance. It’s the refusal to be intimidated or to view a temporary result as a failure.

2. Take responsibility.

Something powerful happens when you choose to take responsibility for a situation: you have the power to change things. When you have power, you’ll feel less stress and worry.

3. Stay present.

In times of turmoil, keep your attention on your current task. Keep your mind in the present moment, maintain your composure. Keep your mind on your work, rather than on the possible negative outcomes. To stay present, when your mind tries to wander, focus on your breathing and your senses. Make a mental list of the things hear, smell, and feel.

  • You can only think about one thing at a time. Use that fact to your advantage. Negative thoughts about the future lead to anxiety.

4. Focus on solutions.

Unsuccessful people are masters at concentrating on their challenges and making them more intimidating than they really are. Keep your thoughts on the solutions.

  • This requires practice. The more you practice, the more adept you’ll become at this skill.

5. Realize that becoming upset limits your options.

Fear and anxiety limit your ability to see all of your options. The most elegant, and often simple, solutions will elude you. You’re at your best when in a state of equanimity.

Chaos is one type of obstacle. Use chaos as an opportunity to build your emotional resistance. You can control your thoughts and emotional response in every situation. Focus on maintaining your composure throughout the day.

“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.”

                          – Shunryu Suzuki

Control What You Can

We can divide everything that happens in your life into two groups: those things you can control and those you cannot. Worrying about things beyond your control is simply counterproductive. Focus on those things under your influence.

What can you control?

 

1. Your decisions.

You make up your own mind. You decide what to eat, to whom you’ll speak, and the direction of your life. If you cannot decide, you’re deciding to let the world determine your fate.

 

2. Your emotions.

You can choose whether you’ll stay calm or become upset. Life is harder if you can’t control your emotions.

 

3. Your attitude.

Do you choose to be optimistic or pessimistic? Your attitude influences your thoughts and emotions–and ultimately your actions.

 

4. Your perspective.

Are you a failure stuck in an unwinnable situation? Or are you a winner in a tough, but manageable situation? Do you believe there are golden opportunities to be found during your challenges? Which perspective would be more likely to support you in your endeavors?

 

5. Your creativity.

Are you going to repeat the same patterns that have resulted in the current situation? Or are you taking full advantage of your ability to solve problems and create new, exciting results?

Make a list of everything in your life that’s disagreeable to you and Control What You Can. Make note of all the things out of your control and decide not to let them intrude on your thoughts. Put your time and focus on the things within your sphere of control. Ignore those things you can’t influence.


“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.”

                                         – Joel Osteen

Google Docs Now Allows You to Add a Text Watermark

Google recently provided the option to watermark photographs in Google Docs, and now the same capability is being added for text.

Google Workspace introduced the new watermark function in a blog post. Google stated in it, “You may now apply a text watermark to your Google Docs documents.” Additionally, while dealing with Microsoft Word documents, either importing or exporting your files, text watermarks will be kept.”

Text watermarks will display on every page of the document, so you may use this new feature to signal that anything is a draft or secret.
Apart from adding watermarks, Google stated that the update will keep watermarks on documents imported from Microsoft Word, requiring one fewer editing step to migrate your papers between Microsoft and Google’s document editing tools.

Simply select “Insert,” then “Watermark,” followed by “Text,” to add a watermark to your document. This will add whatever text you want on each page of your Google Doc until the watermark is removed.