Become Fearlessly Creative
I haven’t always considered myself a “happy” guy. In fact, it wasn’t until after I was asked about it by a client: “How is it that you’re so happy all the time?” After this was pointed out to me, followed by a little bit of thought, it dawned on me that she was right! I am a happy guy and I do have a lot of joy in my life. Here are six practices I’ve developed to create more happiness in everyday life.
Some of the most valuable lessons I’ve ever learned came at the expense of a little embarrassment. The truth is that we should expect to be bad at most of the things we do, especially if we’re trying something new. When we expect perfection from ourselves, failure is inevitable, and we develop a fear of trying anything at all. To help me get around this hurdle, I remember the following key ideas.
When presented with information that doesn’t align with our views of the world, instead of thoughtfully considering how it might change our construction of reality we reject it outright as false. Our need to be in the right gets in the way of constructive conversation. Our inability to admit to our errors precludes us from discovering better solutions to our problems, from forging healthier relationships, and from evolving into our better selves. What do we do about this? Here are three strategies that I use regularly to deal with my need to be “right”.