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"Results Derived from Within"
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When You are Smiling…There is More to This Than
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
given a choice of Project A or Project B, ask yourself which
of the projects:
me the most happy?
me use my strengths?
me in a more positive mindset?
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
waiting for an interview, think about the top-five
fundamental accomplishments of your career.
preparing a presentation to a particularly difficult
customer, think about the top-five ways that you will
add value to their organization.
given a difficult assignment or project, think about the
top-five elements to this challenge that will make it
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.
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