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Ask One Simple Question: What Are You Proud Of?

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 08:31

In her book, Emotional Agility, author Susan David writes about the challenging situations we face as humans. She says, “when we find ourselves experiencing something difficult, we often get enmeshed in our concerns, emotions, and stories.” However, David shares that we can step out of the struggle and into our strengths by asking ourselves one specific question--what are you proud of? This question, the author argues, is often reserved for bigger celebrations, but we’d benefit from asking it more frequently. Why? She says that when you find yourself in a disappointing or difficult situation it’s likely that there is an action you are taking that you feel proud of. Her advice? Look for opportunities and ask yourself what you’re proud of and notice how your answer motivates you to work toward what matters to you.

If you are interested in learning more, look for Emotional Agility from your local library or favorite independent bookstore.