Sometimes the economical and political realities at work can crush even the best of intentions, making us see obstacles as problems not opportunities.
I remember a meeting some weeks ago. We were discussing approaches to create a better future for our clients and ourselves. What started off with the best of intentions ended with the realization that we currently didn’t have the time or resources to make our dreams come true.
Heads hanging, dreams crushed, everyone was slowly getting up to leave, when I remembered Shawn Achor’s talk on the happy secret to better work.
“Wait!” I shouted. “Let’s think about three positive things that happened to you today and share them!”
Everyone looked at me as if I had gone mad.
“I’m happy that today is a sunny day, that I’m healthy and that together we tried to create a better future.” I started.
One after the other we shared what made our day special. With spirits lifted, a smile on the face, we left slightly more optimistic, our brains already working on alternative routes to a better future.
I hope Shawn Achor’s “secrets” will help you make work a happier place.