$#&% Happens. Is it Good or Bad?

$@#& happens at work. Labeling it as “bad” may be a waste of time.

Many who rise triumphantly never label what they go through as bad and lament over it. They simply take it as a given as if they were a civil engineer surveying the landscape through which a road is being built. In this view, a swamp is not a bad thing. It is merely something that has to be addressed in the construction plan. This is quote from Srikumar S. Rao, Ph.D and the author of Are You Ready to Succeed and Happiness at Work. His class, taught to MBA students, on Creativity and Personal Mastery is literally world renowned.

Here is what I know as a leader of organizations and observing people who thrive at work. When adversity hits them, they do not focus on bad. They quickly realize that it is a waste of their energy. In fact they seem to understand that they really are often not in a position to know if it is good or bad (although it feels bad).  As an example, how many people have been demoted or worse, only to realize that it was the classic “blessing in disguise”?  They also see these situations as great opportunities for personal growth and development.

This may sound like “mushy happy” talk to skeptics but I’ve observed the benefits of people applying positive resilience over and over again. At the same time I’ve seen people wallow in the world of bad. They mentally give up or shrink and often mope around for extended periods of time looking like Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh.

Abundant thinking is a mind set and belief that we have the right and ability to choose happiness. When we’re in the swamp, that means accepting the situation and finding an alternative to move forward. Our best choice is to find the good. It is there if we look hard enough.

Live in the Triangle and Drain the Swamp, 

Lorne

2 Comments
  1. Lorne says:

    Thank you Jillian…the ability to understand the limitations of if – then is a break thru thought for many of us ..thnx for the comment

  2. Jillian says:

    Extraordinary video. I watched both parts. A powerful message that resonates regarding the model we all rely on to achieve happiness instead of focusing on the process. As he says, we all have the innate hardwiring to be happy – it is how people whose circumstances are dire in comparison to our own are found to be genuinely happy living in the bush somwhere (without an office with a window). They simply do not rely on the same “if-then” mental model.

    Thanks for this one! It really made me think.

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