The right stuff.

What went wrong?

When things don’t go to plan, we want to know why, and this applies to moods just as much as it does to missions.

When you’re down, it’s understandable to believe that there must be a cause or reason (even though there isn’t always one — sometimes low mood can just strike of its own accord).

But there’s a different sort of question which we don’t ask nearly enough: what went right?

If you have a day on which you feel better than usual, it really makes sense to try and pin down why.

This time you may be more likely to succeed.

Good moods are often inspired by something, or a collection of things.

Feeling good isn’t simply the absence of bad — it actually needs to be the presence of good.

Of course it helps to know what might take you down so you can avoid it, but it’s just as useful to know what may take you up.

So you can do more of it.

2 thoughts on “The right stuff.

  1. I have decided that analysing why I feel good makes me anxious!!! Thinking too much, methinks. So I have decided that when I feel good, I just enjoy it! And yes of course some of it can be because things are working out well – I also try not to think to much of why I feel bad – as I have been over and over things so much that I think that makes me feel anxious. If I am feeling bad I try to do something to enhance my life – a walk, a swim a good book – even doing housework can help!

  2. Re What went wrong- I am a coach and work with people who want to raise their performance at work So much in today’s email reminded me of the conversations I have with my clients and to help me to help them I often pull out a tatty much used document to end the first session. I think you may know it, it is called Twisted Thinking .

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