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Motivation Monday: Be Happy Then Succeed

Motivation Monday

We’ve got it all wrong.  What I mean is, we think that if we are successful then we’ll be happy.  It turns out, our logic is flawed. The great news is we can fix this!

Let me ask you this.  Have you ever thought any of these things:

  • If I just get a job, then I’ll be happy.
  • When I get that promotion, life will be great.
  • I want a good paying job and then everything will be OK.
  • I am miserable in my job and I need a new one.

How our thoughts lead to happiness, productivity, etc

Well, if you are like most people, I am wagering that these thoughts are pretty common.  But I’ve got news for you.  Research and studies prove that these thoughts do not work in your favor.  Shawn Achor worked for over 10 years at Harvard and has conducted research on happiness and human potential.  He is working with organizations to help them re-program the thinking of their employees to make them more productive.

Achor states in his TEDx Talk (video below)

Only 25 percent of job successes are predicted by I.Q. 75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.

Here is Shawn in action at TEDx Bloomington.  He is funny, factual and a fast talker. This is a quick 12 minute video worth every minute of your time.  Please, watch it!

Your Assignment

Now that you’ve watched it, how will you behave differently this week and for the next 21 days?

For the next 21 days…

Start today with your gratitude journal, as Achor recommends. Take 2 minutes every day to recount the positive things from the day prior! What you are doing is training your brain to think positively. Please, don’t you owe it to yourself to be happy?  This is within your control!

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  • Donna @ RetreatIdeas March 13, 2012, 7:05 am

    75% depends on the optimism? Really? I knew that the overall attitude has something to do with it, but to this extent – I had no idea.

  • hse December 6, 2012, 6:05 am

    There is so much more to life than what you see on the surface. Deep down within each situation lies an opportunity to enrich your life.