We all need this month’s “Pearl”.
I have been reading a great book called, ‘The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work‘ by Shawn Achor.
Nothing to do with dog training!
I am sure that the author never expected his messages to be quite so relevant to dog lovers. However, I think you will all agree that he does indeed have much to say that will help us on our individual journeys.
This month’s featured training team is certainly a shining example.
You can’t sprint your way to a marathon!
“No matter what you may have heard from motivational speakers, coaches, and the like, reaching for the stars is a recipe for failure. In Part 1 I talked about pushing the limits of possibility. I do believe it’s important to do this – just not all at once. That’s why psychologists who specialize in goal setting theory advocate setting goals of moderate difficulty – not so easy that we don’t have to try, but not so difficult that we get discouraged and give up. When the challenges we face are particularly challenging and the payoff remains far away, setting smaller, more manageable goals helps us build our confidence and celebrate our forward progress, and keeps us committed to the task at hand. As Harvard Business School professor Peter Bregman advises,
“Don’t write a book, write a page…. “
There are so many other great lessons in this book and it’s a very accessible read. I thoroughly recommend it and look forward to hearing how you’ve enjoyed this book!