This week, I'm hosting a 2½-day retreat for my Executive Women's Peer Advisory Forum where members will...
- reflect on the lessons they should be learning from the events of 2020,
- recalibrate their 2020 personal & professional goals, and
- tighten up their strategies & tactical plans for achieving them.
I have lots of fun activities and reflective exercises planned - one of which is an exercise designed to help strengthen their resilience by leveraging their real-life responses to the events of 2020.
As a loyal reader of my blog, I thought you might appreciate having access to this exercise, as well, to use personally or perhaps with your team and/or family members.
THE FOUNDATION UPON WHICH I BUILT THIS EXERCISE
"Emotions create habits. When you do a behavior and feel a positive emotion about it, your brain pays attention. It essentially thinks, 'Wow, that felt good. I want to do that behavior again!'
But wait, there's more: The stronger the emotion, the more deeply your brain rewires. For emotion to rewire your brain, you must feel the emotion while you are doing the behavior, or immediately after.
For example, if you bite into a new chocolate snack, and you immediately find it super delicious (positive emotion), then your brain will want to eat that snack again. Your brain will remember the effect (I felt good!), and in the future it will prompt you to eat the snack again.
All habits form in the same way. The habit part of our brain doesn't care if society considers a behavior good or bad."
With that in mind, I designed this exercise to help you leverage the positive emotions you've experienced as a result of being resilient in 2020. In doing so, you'll be able to establish new habits that will serve you well as you continue to navigate this year and beyond.
Enjoy this exercise and feel free to use the comment section below to let me know what questions or comments you have.