September 15

Valentín Fuster’s four T’s

Posted by aadsera

Valentín Fuster’s circle of motivation is composed of several stages that progress in spirals. Because it is the stage that allows us to have personal growth, the most important stage is that of motivation. At this stage there are four tasks, each with a corresponding mood, that help us establish the foundation needed to follow the circle around to the stage of satisfaction. These four tasks, which Fuster calls “The Four T’s”, are the following:

1) Time to reflect. Every day you have to reserve a few minutes for reflection – ideally first thing in the morning. Reflection is very important not only for planning the mental agenda of what we have to do, but especially for making long-term plans. These are the best-spent minutes of the day. Not taking time for reflection is walking aimlessly through life.

2) Discovering Talent. The best investment in the future is to discover our own talents – knowing what really motivates us and what we can bring more of ourselves. There is really nothing more practical than to discover our own vocation. The best job we can choose is one that most excites us.

3) Transmit optimism. A positive attitude that conveys optimism not only improves our well-being and self-esteem but also benefits those around us. There is nothing worse than negativity to keep us from having a motivated life. And conversely, we should surround ourselves and be guided by those who transmit optimism naturally.

4) Tutoring the young. A tutor is a person who knows our strengths and weaknesses, and advises us in our youth and guides our professional life. Having a good tutor is a great benefit that can change the course of our life. It is therefore important, in adulthood, to also exercise the task of tutoring youth in our area, to help them find their way.

These are four basic tasks we can do to achieve personal growth and transform our lives. The order of the four tasks is important, because without time to reflect we cannot find our vocation or talent, and without discovering our capabilities, we cannot convey optimism to others and help young people.

Fuster, V. (2013). El círculo de la motivación [The circle of motivation]. Barcelona: Planeta.

September 01

Ten ways to cultivate positivity, according to Barbara Fredrickson

Posted by aadsera

Barbara Fredrickson, from her years of daily experience with hundreds of people, has focused on the study of 10 positive emotions that promote positivity. There are other positive emotions, of course, but these 10 are the most common and are probably the most influential in our day-to-day lives.

1) Joy
2) Gratitude
3) Serenity
4) Interest
5) Hope
6) Pride
7) Amusement
8) Inspiration
9) Awe
10) Love

These are ordered from highest to lowest according to their relative frequency in people’s daily lives, with love being the exception to this order. Fredrickson puts it in 10th place, at the end of the list, because it is the most common form of positivity, the most important and which includes all others.

Fredrickson, B.L. (2011). Positivity. Oxford: Oneworld.