Maybe it’s happened to you before. You’re sitting in a job interview and suddenly your interviewer asks you what your strengths are. You probably thought about it before. But to what percentage was your answer driven by what you thought the other person wanted to hear? And to what percentage were these really YOUR strengths? And why is it important?
At some point I read that we humans are the means of the universe to think about itself. Questions like, “Who am I?” or “What is the meaning of life” are phrases we use to explain ourselves and the world around us. Millions of years of evolution have taught us that everything that makes us up (body and mind) has a specific purpose. I firmly believe that one of our main tasks in life is to understand ourselves and our way and thereby help all people and living beings.
When some people hear Positive Psychology they automatically think of positive thinking or smiley faces and as a consequence, some get a tight knot in their stomach. Rightfully so. Positive Psychology is not about unicorns and that everyone should always be happy and smile all the time. That is not the aim of Positive Psychology and certainly not mine.
When was the last time you sat down and thought about your life? Have you taken the time to discuss where you want to go and what else you want to experience in your life? Now you might say, “I do that all the time” or “I have a plan for my life”. I still have one more question. How much of YOU is in it?
Motivation is an interesting topic. There are many books and movies out there how to motivate yourself and others. One of the most common questions asked in a leadership training is: How do I motivate my team? And although there is good advice out there, I want to tackle this from a different angle by concentrating on the emotion and what can be done to harness this emotion to make it available in times of need.
We experience many different dialogues, discussion, and conversations in our lives. Some of them are nice, some of them are neutral, and some of them are not so nice. This is true for voices we hear in our external world but also in our internal word. However, our internal world is often negatively skewed. Many of us have a very loud and dominant inner critic.
Planning something we are looking forward to like a vacation or a get together with loved ones has the power to provide us with hope, motivation, and energy. And not only do we get those benefits when the planning turns into the actual experience but we will feel the benefits already now.
The end is near. What reads like an apocalyptic statement is, in fact, something to look forward to. And no, I don’t mean to celebrate the beauty of those four horses and its riders. Neither the spectacular view we might have when watching the all-devouring inferno.