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Begin with the Positive

by fivesimplethings on April 9th, 2010

I’m just getting into the Heath Brothers’ new book, Switch.

One of their premises is that when you start to tackle something you want to change, you should first ask yourself what is really going right rather than diving into all of the problems that seem to be insurmountable. It makes a lot of sense. When you start thinking about all of the reason why something can’t be done, you can easily get mired. You can easily get stuck.

Lee Ann and I tried this on a date night over Spring Break. Rather than starting in on all the things that needed to be done and all of the pesky issues that needed addressing when we got home, we spent the whole night asking ourselves what was really going right in our marriage. We asked what was really going well with our kids.

You know what? Dinner was a lot more fun and we got to some tangible ideas about where we were headed going into the summer.

One of the drivers of Five Simple Things is starting your day with five things you are thankful for before you begin your “Do” list. It’s the same concept. Begin with the positive.

Try this. Next time you go to a meeting or sit down with a family member, start by asking what is really going well. What are the things you are thankful for in the relationship or on the work project? Let me know in the comments section or on twitter with the hashtag #fivesimplethings.

Click here to read an excerpt of Switch from Fast Company.

-John Tolsma

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