This is exactly what we have been thinking about in the past few days – how do we all turn 2016 into the year that we chased all of our dreams – the year all of us, all over the world, turned ideas into reality and all of those sentences that start with “I want to do” into “I’m doing”, and then eventually into “I did!”
In three blog posts, we will describe three easy and powerful things you can do today proven to help you turn your beginning-of-the year great ideas into year-round satisfaction and end-of-the-year success celebrations!
Here's the first of three installments:
1. KEEP TRACK OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING WELL!
We are proud of you! Yes, we’re really talking about you! You did many things well this past week. So often we focus on and share our shortcomings or failures with people instead of talking about our successes. Taking time to consider what we are proud of or what we have done well helps us stay centered and focus in on all of the positive parts of our lives. The more we focus on what is positive and what is going well, the better we can rewrite any old negative styles of thinking about ourselves, giving ourselves more energy and confidence to move forward.
Why do this? This exercise is proven method that helps rewire our thinking to be resource oriented instead of problem centered.
How tracking your success will help you DO in 2016:
1.) Helps you focus on the positive, giving you more energy and confidence. More confidence = more action!
2.) Helps you be resource-oriented instead of problem-focused. Resource orientation = finding solutions!
3.) Serves as a record of how much you can be proud of and how much you have accomplished already. I've already done great stuff = I can do more great stuff!
- The "10 things I did well this week" exercise comes from the world of Brief Solution Focused Therapy, a method that helps rewire our thinking to be resource oriented.
- The Centered Leadership Project, led by Joanna Barsh, has spent years interviewing remarkable women from around the world, with the goal of understanding what drives and sustains the most successful women in leadership today. According to their research, optimism and positive thinking directly correlate to success. Read more in "How Remarkable Women Lead" by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston