A question for you...
Looking over the year so far, what accomplishment or achievement makes you most proud? Which bit of life have you won at so far? Write it down.
Have I got you thinking?
Can you quickly identify your successes? Or is the voice in your head saying, 'Nothing, zip, zero. I have not yet managed to achieve anything this year.'
If it's the latter, look a little harder. There will be something. A small win. A forgotten achievement. A success you've passed over in favour of bigger, hairier disappointments or worries.
I'm working with a new organisational client on appreciating the positive. The formal process is called Appreciative Inquiry and we're using it to help the team approach a big change with a positive mindset and resilience.
At its core, appreciative inquiry is a process of asking questions to uncover what's working well in life - or at work. We use the answers to explore future possibilities; to think bigger, dream bigger and plan for a brighter future.
The psychology behind it is sound. We know that what you focus on grows. Dwell on your problems, your worries, your challenges in life and they will multiply until they overwhelm and sink you. Look for the positives, the wins, the successes and the high points and your mood lifts, your mind opens to new possibilities and your motivation grows.
Appreciate the little wins in each day and you board the positive spiral toward a flourishing life.
So here's your challenge should you choose to accept it. Take a pen and paper and write down your answers to the following...
- Looking over the year so far, what accomplishment or achievement makes you most proud? Which bit of life have you won at so far?
- What did you do especially well to enable that success?
- Who else contributed in an important way to your ability to this achievement?
- As a family (or community or workplace or team) what achievements, accomplishments or activities have you especially valued this year?
When you're finished, reflect on how you feel and let me know below. I'm taking a little journey through appreciative inquiry here on the blog in the coming weeks to see what we can discover about creating positive change in our lives. Join me for the ride.