As Jim Rohn says
work harder on yourself than you do on your job
So one of the books I have be reading recently for my personal development is Shawn Achor Book The Happiness Advantage and in his book he turns the usual doctrine on itswith regard to Happiness. This is a mindset book that will help you get to a better state.
The normal doctrine is do the hard work and you’ll be happy. Achor talks about The Happiness Advantage 7 Strategies to be more successful and fulfilled in your life. He discusses the studies that have shown that happy people work harder and achieve better results than people in a hostile work environment who are unhappy and are less productive in the work environment.
A lot of research has been done around the average since this is the basis of understanding the average human behavior.
If we merely study the average, we will remain merely average
The alternative approach is to research the outliers, especially the positive ones.
The Happiness Advantage
The Happiness Advantage is the first principle and says that people who are happy have a psychological advantage over people who are unhappy. By getting into the right mindset you can become more productive and fulfilled.
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The Fulcrum and the Lever
Our mindset changes with our experience and the Fulcrum and the Lever talks about the power of the mindset. The name of the principle comes from the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes who said,
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
In Shawn Achor’s principle, the fulcrum is the mindset of the person; the length of the lever corresponds to the potential power and possibility that person believes he or she has. If someone moves the fulcrum in the right direction by adopting a more positive mindset, the lever of possibility lengthens, which leads, as empirical studies have shown conclusively, to an eventual positive outcome.
We all have times when we experience defeat, setbacks, crisis and stress. I know from my own experience that my stress levels have been high. In the book Shawn talks about the ABCDs to deal with these situations. We will all be better or worse at this but it is worth practicing.
Adversity (A) is the situation that happens that we have no control over.
The Belief (B) is how we react to this event and what we believe about the particular event. If we think it is temporary in nature and we think there are ready solutions then we have a positive Consequence (C).
On the other hand if we believe it is permanent and we feel helpless and suffer from inaction it shows a negative Consequence.
It is this event that brings in the need for Disputation. This involves you telling yourself it is a belief and not a fact and can be challenged. Psychologists always recommend that we externalize this voice. It becomes like arguing with yourself and allows the event to be rationalized.
The statement that things are never as bad as they seem is actually a fact based on our Fundamental biology.
Network Marketing and the Happiness Advantage
I bring up Network Marketing as if you are in this type of business the Happiness Advantage should be a really important concept if you are wanting to be successful. Mindset is everything and this mindset book has some very powerful concepts to get you and your teams to be much more successful.
If you practice attraction marketing or are interested in that approach then taking on the philosophy of the Happiness Advantage can definitely help you with your mindset. To learn more about the Happiness Advantage and how it can improve your mindset contact me HERE.
I would recommend anybody to read the Happiness Advantage and learn how you can adopt the right mindset to become more fulfilled and successful.