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How to Find ‘The Goods’ To Persevere

May 17, 2016

Your people bring your brand to life. If you run an organization your actions define your brand.

As I type this in my polar bear pyjamas, it strikes me that how we start and end our day matters.

Dr. Martin Seligman, father of positive psychology and author of Flourish amongst other books, says we should (sorry to should on you) write down three things that went well and why at the end of the day.

Because our species notices the negative as a built in mechanism of survival, training our selves to notice the positive anchors what is good in our lives.

It’s the updated version of count your blessings. This technique has been shown through robust research to boost resilience and reduce depression and anxiety.

  • Do we teach our staff, share with our friends and establish family practices that lift us up or do we succumb to a bitch and nag fest or escape reality by watching it on TV?
  • Do you start or end your day by writing three things that went well and why?
  • Do you start your meetings not with rah rah ridiculousness but by asking what went well and  why – before tackling what’s not working?

Problems are the price of progress.

Naming the good shows you, your team and your family that you have ‘the goods’ to make it.

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Good is no longer good enough. The goal is perfection and the path that takes us there leads to excellence.
Louise B. Karch