Yes that magical time of the year is upon us where we frantically run about trying to get the special people in our lives that special gift or take time out of our busy schedules to serve others. In all of the madness that is the holiday season it is interesting to note that the act of gift-giving or service has some psychological benefits of better health and less stress and that is pretty neat. Dr. Michael Poulin, an assistant professor at the University of Buffalo, had this to say on the topic:
You may have heard that stress is bad for health. Well, it turns out that giving to others may undo the negative effects of stress. In a recent study, my colleagues and I found that there was no link between stress and health among people who reported helping their friends and neighbors in the past year. But among people who didn’t engage in such helping, stressful life events predicted decreased odds of survival over the next five years.
I ran across this fantastic article by Jon Gordon which talks about how to think like a champion. He lists 5 easy steps to help create a mindset or enhance your belief system to help you elevate your game like a champion in the game of life.
1. Champions Expect to Win – When they walk on the court, on the field, into a meeting or in a classroom they expect to win. They expect success and their positive beliefs often lead to positive actions and outcomes. This gives a new meaning to the popular saying “fake it till you make it”!
Often times we get down in the dumps and very critical of ourselves and cannot see past the negatives. I came across this cool concept by Jon Gordon called “The Positive Pledge” which states the following:
I pledge to be a positive person and positive influence on my family, friends, co-workers, and community.
I promise to be positively contagious and share more smiles, laughter, encouragement, and joy with those around me.
Simon Sinek is a motivational speaker with an incredible model for leadership called the Golden Circle (check it out on Youtube if you have a minute). In this model there are three basic principles: What, How, and Why. Although Simon uses this model to inspire leadership, this model can also be applied to the concept of self-worth, an issue we have all faced at some point in our lives. Self-worth can define who we are as human beings and be a powerful predictor of success based on the greatness we all innately possess. Self-worth when applied to the principles of the Golden Circle can have a truly profound impact on the way we live our lives, how others see us, and most importantly how we see ourselves.