I recently was reminded by a friend of our tendency to exist in one of three mindsets:
Survive: "I will be happy once I am safe."
Strive: "I will be happy once I achieve XYZ goal or reach a certain level in life."
Thrive: "I choose to be happy now and live from the perspective of collaboration and possibilities."
So how do we get to this place called "thriving?" Recently, I listened to a podcast by the late Wayne Dyer. In it, he was describing Maslow's three qualities of a "self-actualized" person (a.k.a. someone who is probably thriving!)
Their qualities include:
1. Not being concerned with the good opinion of others (a.k.a. confident with who they are).
2. Not feeling attached to the outcome (a.k.a. no ulterior motives or manipulation within the personal or professional lives).
3. Lack of a desire to control or have power over someone or something.
I don't know about you, but I would love to check off all three.... but life is a work in progress - that is for sure! For me, thriving is simply being aware and consciously making choices that support my own definition of what is right for me.
What can you do today to start moving towards a "thrive" mindset?