Career Change by Overcoming Challenges Not Threats

Shawn Achor, a renowned psychologist and Harvard lecturer says the “external

world does not predict our happiness levels. The external world only predicts 10% of your happiness. 90% of your long term happiness is determined by the way your brain processes the world”.

Rather than happiness being the result of success, studies have shown that the opposite is true. Happiness and positivity actually fuel success and performance and have to come first. This has a huge impact on career change as Achor also reports that only 25% of job successes can be predicted by intelligence. 70% of job successes are the result of optimism levels, support systems and the ability to see stress as a challenge rather than a threat.

People who are positive are generally happier, more joyful and healthier and inspire those around them. They are energized and spread good will wherever they go. Such people see challenges rather than threats when presented by stress.

Whether you have a positive or negative mindset is a choice that only you can make but it is an important one, particularly during your career change.

Whilst it is the case that it is not always easy to have a positive approach, there are techniques that will aid you in your career change that are very effective, such as affirmations, expressing gratitude and creative visualization.

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