“The fact that there’s one weird dot ‘way off the chart is no problem. I can just delete that dot. I can delete it because it’s clearly a measurement error. I know it’s a measurement error because it’s messing up my data.” – Shawn Achor
On this week’s webcast, we watched this amazing TED talk.
Moving the goal posts. We all do it at times — some more than others.
We get good grades, and push for better ones.
We get into a good school, and want to be in a better one.
We get a good job, and strive to get a better one.
We meet our sales target, and push for a higher one.
We think, “WHEN I reach this goal, THEN I’ll be happy.”
There’s nothing wrong with improving on our goals. The problem comes when we believe we have to be successful first, and THEN we’ll be happy. In other words, every time your brain has a success, it’s told that’s not good enough — you have to have more in order to be happy.
The truth is, the brain works in the opposite order. A POSITIVE brain is better at everything.
Shawn calls this the Happiness Advantage. When you choose to be happy, THEN you will have the better job, you’ll be better at keeping it, you’ll have superior productivity, and be more resilient. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise — everything is better. Not only are you happier, but it turns on all the learning centres in your brain, allowing you to adapt to your world in a different way.
“Small changes ripple outward.”
Small changes Shawn recommends, to will create lasting positive change:
Writing down three new things each day that you’re thankful for causes your brain to start retaining a pattern of scanning the world, not for the negative, but for the positive first.
Writing about one positive thing that happened over the last 24 hours allows your brain to relive it.
Even a few minutes a day teaches your brain that your behaviour matters.
It allows your brain to get over the cultural ADHD we’ve been creating by trying to do multiple tasks at once, and allows your brain to focus on the task at hand.
Acts of Kindness – Random or Conscious
This can be something as simple as opening up your inbox and sending one positive email, praising or thanking someone in your social support network.
These are all things I’ve learned to do on a daily basis, in the Master Key course. As I do them, I can see first how they change ME, and how they ripple outward to the lives of others in my circle of influence — and beyond.