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Ideas to help your team develop personally and professionally.

'A healthy growth mindset'? It's not about just being positive or negative. That's too superficial.

Just being positive or negative wouldn't explain the differences between the mindsets of top achievers. It wouldn't explain why some people struggle to recover from setbacks or why they avoid serious challenges because they fear failure.

There are many ways. Here's one from science.

Look for meaning in what you do at work and at home.

Don't look for happiness directly. What do you do that gives you a purpose beyond yourself? What could you do?

Seem obvious now you think about it? Researchers found that three quarters of the people they studied focused directly on doing things that make them happy, but without any sense of purpose beyond themselves. Those people were much more likely to have a stress-related gene that's linked to inflammation and depression. 

Barbara Fredrickson of the University of North Carolina has studied positive emotions for decades. She says 'empty positive emotions are about as good for you as adversity'. 

What's a purpose?

Maybe the support you give to people who need it . Maybe what you contribute to your family or your colleagues. Maybe what you do for young people in sport or study, or for your clients or guests.

Make your purpose a mission, not something you do from time-to-time. For the full benefits, your purpose should become part of who you are.

Benefits at work

The researchers report that when employees are 'making progress in meaningful work' they are 250% more likely to be engaged at the office.

If you are a leader, talk about the purpose of your organisation - how it benefits customers, suppliers, your community or the world. Make sure that every individual and team knows how they contribute to that purpose. Help them to meet people who benefit from what they do. Help your people spend more time on meaningful work.

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About Ralph Brown

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Ralph is our founder and managing director. He has a background in psychology, television journalism and business.

Ralph's passions are psychology and writing. He leads workshops on both and speaks to conferences on the psychology of thriving at work.

In 2011  Professional Speakers Australia awarded him its top speaking accreditation, the CSP.

He has written six books and more than a hundred articles on psychology and writing. International research journals have published his articles reviewing the research on resilience.

Ralph enjoys trips to France. He lives in rural Canterbury.

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