Challenge: Happiness First, Success Second

Apr 29th
ted talks

If you read the title of this post, and now you’re scratching your head… I understand. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Doesn’t success bring you happiness? Well, in this must-watch, very informative and highly entertaining TEDxBloomington talk, psychologist Shawn Achor explains that in order to be successful, you must first be happy.

Think about it. If you say you need to reach a certain fitness goal to be happy, when you reach that you, you immediately create a new, more challenging goal. Same goes for your career, with things like sales goals. This means that you never give yourself a chance to enjoy your success or be happy — because happiness is always on the other side of success.

This means that you need to rewire your brain a bit. When you’re happy, success will come more easily… and that’s incentive enough! So how do you go about reshaping the way you think?

Well, it may be as easy as a little daily list.

“What we found was something as simple as writing down three things you’re grateful for every day for 21 days in a row significantly increases your level of optimism and it holds for the next six months. The research is amazing. It proves we actually can change,” Achor has said.

If writing down three things for less than a month will mean I’m more focused on my happiness for six months, I’ll do it!

So here’s the challenge: For the next 21 days, let’s document three things we’re grateful for each day.

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