Self Improvement

The Real Secret to Success: We All Have It Backwards

Joel Lee 08-01-2016

Yet another new year is here, and for most of us, that means another round of New Year’s Resolutions 12 Productivity Habits To Finally Hack Your Life In The New Year A common resolution for most working people is to be more productive. In this article, we'll explore twelve bad habits that you can change -- one per month -- to drastically improve your workload productivity. Read More . While there are many tips that can help ensure success with some of our resolutions How To Turn Your New Year Resolution Into A Success Story Do resolutions last beyond January? It might be impossible to stick to your goal one hundred percent, but with the tips here, you can do a pretty good job of it. Read More , the honest truth is that we probably won’t succeed at all of them.


And maybe that’s because we’re looking at some of our resolutions the wrong way. For example, if you’re like most people, you’ve probably resolved to increase productivity at work — and the implicit belief is that doing this will bring you more happiness. But will it really?

In this TEDx Talk, researcher Shawn Achor explains what he has found in his research over the years, namely that most people — and therefore companies — operate according to a flawed formula 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior The human brain is complex and confusing, which explains why human behavior is so complex and confusing. People have a tendency to act one way when they feel something completely different. Here are a few... Read More : “If I work harder, I’ll be more successful, and if I’m more successful, then I’ll be happier.”

He argues that this is flawed for one main reason: every time your brain has a success, it changes the goalpost of what success looks like. What was once satisfactory becomes unsatisfactory. If happiness is on the opposite side of that ever-changing goalpost, you’ll never get there.

In stark contrast, Achor found that the brain actually performs better when it’s in a presently-positive state of mind (as opposed to neutral, negative, or stressed states of mind). A positive mind has tangible benefits on intelligence, creativity, and energy.

To put it simply: if you can find ways to be happy now, then you are more likely to reach success. With this mentality, you’ll be far less likely to quit on your resolutions 5 Mistakes That Make You Quit Your New Year's Resolutions How tough is your struggle with New Year's Resolutions? If you are on a never-ending cycle of quitting on your goals every time, these tips should be motivating for the year ahead. Read More . One way to do this is finding a hobby that will actually make you happier 5 Creative Hobbies for Adults That'll Make You a Happier Person Proper creative outlets can improve your mental health and happiness. Here are some creative hobbies that are proven to help. Read More .


What do you think of Shawn Achor’s talk? What are you currently doing to increase your happiness? Got any tips for us? Share them in the comments!

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