Better It Better with Signature Strengths

One of the most reliable ways I know to boost your ability to be well, do good and enjoy the ride is to amp up a coaching tool called “bag it, barter it, or better it” by mixing it with your VIA signature strengths. When you’re facing a task or situation that drains your energy, you can choose to: bag it by not doing it or entering the situation, barter it by trading tasks or activities with someone who actually gets energized by the stuff that sucks the life out of you, or better it by doing something to make the task or situation feel better. Adding your VIA signature strengths with intention and creativity is like adding renewable super fuel to the “better it” approach. I’ve waxed poetic about the Values in Action Survey of Character Strengths here and here and here. Short version: The VIA is a tool that. . . .

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A Compass and Map to Navigate Your Next

When you navigate your next, you need a compass and a map. If you were going to hike a new trail, would you bring a compass or a map? You can only choose one and there’s no cell service, but the distance and terrain are within your strength and skill levels. If you can follow the sun or stars, skip the compass. If it’s an out and back hike and you’re good at noticing landmarks, skip the map. You can navigate the physical world with either a compass or a map, or neither. To navigate new chapters in our lives, it takes both. Wrong Map What’s your five-year plan? Inside my head: that’s way too long, life’s too uncertain and changes too fast, that’s not what you want to hear, I need this job, I have to say something that will make hire me, QUICK! Before I could form the words,. . . .

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Declutter Your Thinking

Decluttering can help you do more than get rid of stuff. Done right, it can help you rediscover the internal qualities to help you thrive, as long as you use your rediscovered brilliance instead of letting it sit on a shelf. When I woke up this morning, I realized I was breathing easily and silently for the first time in, oh, I don’t know, months, years, the lifetime since an otolaryngologist described my septum as “the most deviated I’ve seen in my 40-year career.” I savored the scent of eucalyptus, peppermint and lemongrass – through both nostrils – recalling how I rediscovered the aromatherapy beads during a recent decluttering spree. A couple of weeks ago. In a bottle from a store that closed shortly after superstorm Sandy. In 2012. I finally took it from the shelf and set some next to my pillow. Yesterday. My chronic sinus issues were largely resolved. Overnight. If. . . .

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New Year’s Resolutions: To Resolve or Not To Resolve

Being clear about your values, strengths and priorities is the key to creating change, whether you declare New Year’s resolutions or not. Since today likely feels like the real new beginning, as we return to routines after a long winter vacation, or at least a Monday holiday, it’s a good time to put those intentions into action. If you missed crafting resolutions, or already bailed on the ones you made, take heart. You’re not doomed to a year of misery and failure. You got up at a ridiculous hour, dressed in actual clothes instead of lounging in sweats all day, right? Congratulate yourself and trust that you can still create positive change in 2018. To Resolve or Not To Resolve Depending on the top hits, an internet search will report a resolution failure rate near 90%. I know you don’t trust everything you read on the internet, but those outcomes are. . . .

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Going Viral with Emotional Contagion

Going Viral with Emotional Contagion Episode 001: December 8, 2017 Imagine you’re out sailing on a windy day. You can’t see the wind, but you’re definitely aware of its presence and its effect on the waves, the boat, the hair that’s flying in front of your face. Like the wind, you can’t see emotional contagion, either. It’s different, though, because its effects often aren’t apparent at all. ListeniTunes (https://itunes NULL.apple NULL.com/us/podcast/posnav-000-welcome-and-thanks/id1242159404?i=1000396431412&mt=2)Google Play (https://play NULL.google NULL.com/music/m/Dqqv4hhuexnnxkyqh4w557kyzfe?t=PosNavPodcast_001_Going_Viral_with_Emotional_Contagion-Positive_Navigation)SoundCloud (https://soundcloud NULL.com/florence-moyer/posnavpodcast-001-going-viral-with-emotional-contagion) Read It’s flu season in my neck of the woods, so everybody’s hyper-conscious of germs and viruses and anything that could possibly be contagious. Which is inspiring this episode, about a different kind of contagion, one that, like the flu you can prepare for and minimize its effects. Build up your well-being antibodies enough and you could even become a carrier of a different condition, one that actually benefits others. To get started, imagine. . . .

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