Yin and yang. I have a doctorate in English lit, but spent 20 years as an executive in the health insurance industry. I was raised by a geologist and a Jungian counselor, and grew up with a love of both inner and outer landscapes. As co-founder of Path4Change, I am immersed in soul-fulfilling research, and busy with the mechanics of mastering social media and building online courses.
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Here is a quick trick that allows you to use the character strengths of Judgment and Perspective to snap out of a bad mental space.
Use this trick when you've had a bad day, when something hasn't gone as well as you had hoped, or when you're simply stressed out.
- Answer this question: What is the #1 thing stressing/bumming you out right now (Your top challenge)?
- Now write a list of the Top 3 things you can APPRECIATE about your challenge.
An example from my own journal:
- Challenge = I don't have enough time in the day to do everything I need/want to do. Things are piling up, and many are simply not getting done.
- Three things I appreciate about this challenge:
- It forces STRUCTURE in my life.
- It helps me APPRECIATE the time I get to spend on things.
- It helps me WINNOW OUT the things are are not important.
And there you are: Gratitude is right there, to spice up the challenge. Nice!
Source of this exercise: Tal Ben-Shahar's The Pursuit of Perfect.
What an inspiring read! The premise: The good life is a process, not a destination. If you stop trying to achieve perfection, and instead point your inner compass toward what is good, you'll live a much happier life.
Ben-Shahar is a self-confessed recovered perfectionist. I can relate. What I love about his book is that it is filled with actions you can take to snap out of perfectionism and instead connect with the present moment - and see all there is to appreciate in the moment.
Find it on Amazon: Tal Ben-Shahar, The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life
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Perspective is my #1 character strength, but creativity isn't in my top 5. So I thought it would be fun to find some examples of people having FUN and getting creative with perspective. Hope you enjoy this video of perspective in photography as much as I did!
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A: Topics are created by Basecamp leaders, and include an integrated body of knowledge related to virtues, character strengths, positive psychology, personal growth, etc. Topics allow you to dive as deep as you want on a subject, and will help you see how different ideas are interrelated. You are encouraged to "Follow" the topics that interest you. Basecamp is easy to search for past and current topics, and this is a great way to find areas you're interested in, and enrich existing discussion with content of your own. Content on Basecamp is evergreen - there will always be community members interested in revisiting a topic - you make it fresh by bringing your own perspective.
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Q: Can I get value from Basecamp by just observing and listening?
A: You joined Basecamp because you're looking for ways to meaningfully change your life. Even as a quiet observer and listener, we're pretty sure you will begin to see noticeable differences in your life, and we encourage you to be on the lookout for them. We also encourage you to share your day to day experiences when you feel comfortable doing so. You might notice flow states like tranquility, emotional well-being, or increased energy and focus throughout the day or week. If this happens, we suggest that you learn more about what is working for you and feel free to share those experiences in Basecamp to deepen your understanding about yourself—and allow your experiences to spark off of the experiences of others.
ARIA - A Path For Real Changes:
Awareness - Know what you want, wish or desire now and in the future
Resilience - Develop your strengths and ability to make changes
Inspiration - Create pathways around and through problems to reach your goal
Action - Take the next best steps using a system to track your progress
Let's talk about Virtues and Strengths! In order to find the most personal meaning in Basecamp and its resources and community, we HIGHLY recommend you take 10-15 minutes to learn your top 5 character strengths:
- Go to the VIA Character Strengths survey and take the FREE assessment (this will take no more than 15 minutes). You'll receive a FREE rank-listed set of your character strengths.
- Feel free to return here and SHARE your TOP 5 character strengths - or journal about them if you prefer. Consider: What do they mean to you? Do any surprise you? How do you see them showing up in your life?
Keep in mind your top 5 VIA Character Strengths are a one-in-5-million set. There are 5 million different possible "Top 5 lists"!