Changing for Good
The field of Positive Psychology offers insight and hope into changing for good thereby enabling you to achieve your goals. In brief, Positive Psychology focuses on the solution more than the problem. It supports you to use what is working in your life to create more of what you want and less of what you don’t want. Here are a few essentials to get you started.
First and probably the most foundational ingredient to success is to learn your personal strengths. Your Personal Strengths include your values and your character. Positive Psychology outlines 24 personal strengths. Each of us has six signature strengths we are using at any given period of our life. Go to www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu and take the Brief Strengths Test. Once you discover your personal strengths write them down and post them where you can see them daily. In any given moment identify which personal strengths you are using to allow you to achieve your goals and intentions at that time.
Emotional Self Regulation
The second essential ingredient to achieve your goals is to monitor and manage your emotions. In Positive Psychology this falls under the guise of self regulation or the ability to use your emotions to manage your behavioral tendencies, multitask and make reliable decisions. Emotions drive behavior. Self regulation reflects your ability to be flexible and act in a consistent and positive manner. Lack of self regulation is viewed as the reason for many psychological and social issues. Meditation is a great tool for developing self regulation and ultimately changing for good. Review the posts on Centering Meditation for guidance on how to practice this powerful change tool.
Coaching and Counseling
Hilary Stokes Ph.D. and Kim Ward Ph.D. have been a team for 20 years, specializing in mind, body, spirit psychology. They are the authors of the bestselling books The Happy Map: Your roadmap to the habit of happiness and Manifesting Mindset: The 6-step formula for attracting your goals and dreams and founders of Authenticity Associates Coaching and Counseling. They are passionate about combining the best of holistic and traditional approaches to health and happiness. If you are interested in learning the answers to the most frequently asked questions on how to decrease stress and increase happiness sign up for their free video series.