I just accomplished something that I wasn't entirely sure I would accomplish, and that I'm certain it's one of the best things I've ever done in my life! Gosh, that sounds so dramatic, doesn't it?! But that is how I'm feeling right now and to not say it aloud (or write it in a blog!) and share it seems rather selfish.
What I accomplished was a 6-month, 200-hour, certification course in applied positive psychology. Simply put, I gained deeper self-awareness and strengthened my leadership skills through a research-based study of human flourishing and resilience. It is something I wish every person could experience. What made it difficult, and why I did have some doubts as to whether I would complete the course, was the fact that I'm still learning to deal with the day-to-day health issues that Fibromyalgia (and now osteoarthritis) presents. Travel into NYC once a month was much more challenging than I had expected and the intensity of the course content and onsite classes was often exhausting. But in the first few weeks of learning about mindset, and the brain's ability to go from a fixed to growth mindset, I was determined and more confident. The visual tool of a life path that offers a choice of judger path for those with a fixed mindset and learner path for those with a growth mindset was very powerful. It's not rocket science, it's neuroscience!
While I'm continuing to work on my doctorate degree and now have my certification as a positive psychology practitioner, I don't know where I'll be and exactly what I'll be doing a year or two or five from now. But I am hopeful and excited about the future. Yes, even with all the turmoil going on in the wider world. There is much to be grateful for and much work to do. I wish for all of my family and friends a deep sense of hope for the future. How is your mindset these days? Are you on the judger path or the learner path? Can you see the difficulties in your life as opportunities?
I encourage you to examine your emotions and feelings, take the necessary steps to change your mindset, know that you have everything you need to make the changes, be resilient, and enjoy a flourishing life. Whatever your age, your profession and economic status, your health situation, and your past, you can flourish. It's not "new age woo woo" or "just think positive thoughts". I'm talking about science and the amazingly powerful human brain.
P.S. A Flourishing Life is a book series I'm writing and I look forward to sharing it with you soon! Please let me know what you're doing or are planning to do with your one wonderful life.
I had hoped to post once a week, and did for a short time. Unfortunately, my doctorate research and other obligations have taken priority over the blog. BUT, I will return soon! Some postings may be articles I've written for publication, messages I've delivered in congregational settings, or excerpts from papers written in my doctoral classes.