SHAWN ANCHOR: THE HAPPY SECRET TO BETTER WORK
Focus of 5
I. THREE GRATITUDES – scanning the world for the positives
II. JOURNALING – reliving the positive experiences
III. EXERCISE – tells our brain that our behavior matters
IV. MEDITATION – helps us get over the cultural ADHD
V. CONSCIOUS ACTS OF KINDNESS – when praising or thanking some1 in our network.
→ Ripples of Positivity and a Real Revolution.
A. “..the more you believe in your own ability to success, the more likely it is that you will.”
B. “Beliefs are so powerful because they dictate our efforts and actions.”
C. “Constantly scanning the world for the negative comes with a great cost. It undercuts are creativity, raises our stress levels, and lowers our motivation and ability to accomplish goals.”
D. “Optimism, it turns out, is a tremendously powerful predictor of work performance.”
E. “The key is not to completely shut out all of the bad, all of the time, but to have a reasonable, realistic, healthy sense of optimism.”
F. “The best leaders are the ones who show their true colors not during the banner years, but during times of struggle.”
G. “One of the biggest drivers of success is the belief that our behavior matters; that we have control over our future.”
H. “Knowledge is only part of the battle. Without action, knowledge is often meaningless.”
I. “Habits are like financial capital – forming one today is an investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come.”
J. “When we encounter an unexpected challenge of threat, the only way to save ourselves is to hold on tight to the people around us and not let go.”
K. “The most successful people I’ve worked with know that even in an extraordinarily competitive environment, we are more equipped to handle challenges and obstacles when we pool the resources of those around us and capitalize on even the smallest moments we spend interacting with each other.”
L. “Studies show that the more team members are encouraged to socialize and interact face-to-face, the more engaged they feel, the more energy they have, and the longer they can stay focused on a task.”
M. “The people who actively invest in their relationships are the heart and should of a thriving organization, the force that drives their teams forward.”
N. “Studies have found that the strength of the bond between manager and employee is the prime predictor of both daily productivity and the length of time people stay at their jobs.”
O. “The best leaders give their employees the space and time to let moments of social connection develop on their own.”
P. “Smiling tricks your brain into thinking you’re happy, so it starts producing the neurochemicals that actually do make you happy.”
Q. “Each one of us is like that butterfly (the Butterfly Effect). And each tiny move toward a more positive mindset can send ripples of positivity through our organizations, our families, and our communities.”
THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES (cited in the book)
1. The Happiness Advantage – retrain our brains to capitalize on positivity and improve productivity and performance.
2. The Fulcrum and the Lever – adjust our mindset (fulcrum) to give us the power (lever) to be more fulfilled and satisfied.
3. The Tetris Effect – spot patterns of possibility to see and seize opportunities wherever we look.
4. Falling Up – finding the mental path that leads up and out of failure and teaches us how to be happier and more successful from it.
5. The Zorro Circle – regain emotional control when overwhelmed by challenges by focusing on small manageable goals and gradually expanding our circle.
6. The 20-Second Rule – by making small energy adjustments we can reroute the path of least resistance and replace bad habits with good ones.
7. Social Investment – avoid retreating within ourselves during tough times and invest more in building our social support network to propel ourselves forward.