Volume 4, Issue 7

Coach Vickie Bevenour - www.CoachVickie.com

August 2006

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... is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in "Results Derived from Within"
Written by: Vickie Bevenour

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Coach Vickie Bevenour
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The RDW Group, Inc.
114 Partheni Court
Cary , NC 27519

August 2006 

When You are Smiling…There is More to This Than You Think

In his most recent book, The One Thing You Need to Know, Marcus Buckingham presents a theory about success being driven by moods. He presents research and arguments about how our brain responds to learning and our moods.  The bottom line of his research suggests that when we dwell on our past failures or negative thoughts we will self-predict the outcome.  As I write this I am reminded of that universal slogan, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are probably right”. 

Using this principle, the answer to success might be as simple as asking yourself a set of questions.  When given a choice of Project A or Project B, ask yourself which of the projects: 

  • Makes me the most happy?
  • Helps me use my strengths?
  • Puts me in a more positive mindset?
  • Teaches me something new or something that is an extension of what I already know?

If you would like to practice this simple, yet highly effective method, here is your exercise.  The next time you feel like you are forced into a negative situation, do not dwell on the negative.  Absolutely, make your mind stop thinking negative thoughts and actively push them out of your head.  Press yourself to find three to five positive things about the situation and repeat them over and over again.  Some examples could be:

  • While waiting for an interview, think about the top-five fundamental accomplishments of your career.
  • While preparing a presentation to a particularly difficult customer, think about the top-five ways that you will add value to their organization.
  • When given a difficult assignment or project, think about the top-five elements to this challenge that will make it fun.

 The key here is to actively seek out the positive attributes of any situation and to celebrate them with your team.  If possible, talk about them with your extended “stakeholders”, your manager, a customer executive, and others in a support role. Be the one who can maintain a positive attitude in the face of a disaster: it will set you apart from the rest, and it will certainly get you noticed.

Done on a consistent basis this concept could become the biggest tool in your success tool box.  Congratulations on making the conscious decision to derive results from within.


If you like the tip, let us know but more important, share it with a friend or colleague. As always, YOUR SUCCESS IS MY GREATEST PLEASURE.

Copyright 2006 The RDW Group, Inc.


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