This weekend I was going to write about apprenticeships but I have to be honest, my work / life balance was tipped more on the life side and I didn’t get it written.
I was all set not to post anything this week but last night I watched ‘Harry’s South Pole Heroes’ about a 200km expedition to the South Pole to raise money for and bring awareness to the Walking with the Wounded charity.
As well as seeing Prince Harry’s attempt to do a Geordie accent I was really inspired by the documentary and it propelled me to get off my ar*e and write a quick blog.
The main thoughts I was thinking last night came back to something that I’m doing at the moment which is finding something every day to be grateful for and it feels like it’s working. I’m doing the 100 happy days challenge with a twist using the #100happyconstructiondays and so far I haven’t missed a day. The other word buzzing through my head last night was perspective.
You too can find happiness in big buttoned calculators, bacon sandwiches on a Friday, cake, smiley faces on the photocopier,baby lambs and something we seem to be seeing a recurring appearance of at the moment…………..sunshine!
It sounds a bit new age and hippy like and I admit that I did wear tasselled skirts and have a variety of joss sticks when I was younger but, give it a go!
If nothing else, enjoy your free rainbow and pot of gold that comes with this blog.
Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone and may the luck of the Irish…………………………..rugby team be with us!!
“Clap your hands if you feel like a room without a roof”! I’m not sure that would definitely make us so happy in the construction industry but it’s a line from my favourite song of the year so far, Happy by Pharrell Williams. If you haven’t heard it already, there is a link below but rather than the official video I’ve uploaded the one with the words and also minions!
This week has been all about happiness for me. I’m reading a book called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, The Seven Principles that Fuel Success and Performance at Work. If you have 12 mins and 20 seconds to watch this TED talk then I strongly advise it. Not only will it make you laugh, it also summarises the book really well. The happy secret to better work
If you don’t have the time then in a nutshell the book talks about how our brain is wired to think if we are successful, then we’ll be happy and we keep moving the goal posts. If we achieve the target set for turnover, we’ll be happy, then the turnover is achieved (or not) and then the goal posts move and the target is increased, so we never achieve that happiness.
I think the research Shawn Achor has done into positive psychology is brilliant and the findings are that happiness fuels success. Your brain at positive is 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral or stressed. If we can become positive in the present our brains work more successfully and we are able to work harder, faster and more intelligently.
So, how do we become positive in the present? Achor talks about one of the ways as writing down 3 positive things that have happened each day which I think is a really good thing to do. Something I started this week is 100 happy days which is the challenge to take a photo every day for 100 days of something that has made you happy. I’m doing it with a twist on twitter @constructcoach with the hash tag #100happyconstructiondays. If you want to see photos of cake and concrete then check it out!
One photo I will share on here is something I noticed on day 3 which I had never noticed before in all of the times I have used the photocopier……