Discussing Big Potential by Shawn Achor

Major Points from this Episode:

  • You can create change wherever you are with anyone you encounter.
  • Use progress to tap into your big potential.  Celebrate the journey and the small wins along the way instead of just when you reach the mountain top.
  • We have to find meaning in our current situation – you have the power to find meaning even in the small interactions you have with others.
  • Work to enhance the mood of the people you encounter – don’t hold back the praise you give to others.  Recognize others for their contributions, big or small.
  • Don’t strive to be better than someone else because you will fall short of your personal goals.
  • Don’t undercut others to build yourself up.
  • Actively look for praise and you will find more to praise.  More positivity will open up to you.

Actionable Strategies:  

  • Every day for one week pick one person to praise.  Call, text or email that person 3 times that day to give them some praise.  Make sure they accept the praise and say “thank you!”

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