In his 2010 best-seller The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor introduced us to the connection between success and happiness. As Achor traveled the world to talk about that book’s message, he wondered why achievement and happiness seemed possible to one person and impossible to another in the same situation.
Achor realized that their perceptions of reality were radically different. For some, happiness and success seemed possible despite obstacles; others were stuck in a negative mindset.
In this prequel to his first book, SUCCESS contributing editor Shawn Achor introduces five strategies to help “evoke your potential” and use it to “transform every aspect of your world.”
These strategies include: seeing a broader range of ideas and solutions by changing the details your brain chooses to focus on; setting goals oriented around the things that matter most to you; and using “success accelerants,” perceptual tricks such as visualizing a shorter distance to your goal, or harnessing your energy and mental resources for that push to the finish line.
Achor infuses Before Happiness with empirical evidence, anecdotes and studies showing that even a simple adjustment in thinking impacts our outlook and how we’re perceived. For example, always start conversations with a smile and a positive statement. The book offers insights and ideas for adjusting your angle of vision so you open the door to happiness and success.
by Shawn Achor
Crown Business; $26