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3 Ways Dogs and People Rise

You and I are like dogs. A kicked dog expects to be kicked. When things go bad we expect things to go bad. Passivity and anxiety are normal in the face of prolonged bad events.*

It’s normal to stop trying when you persistently work hard and fall short. When you repeatedly apply for promotion and get turned down, you give up. You stop studying when you study hard and persistently fail.

Job’s wife said, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” Just give up!

You learn to rise. Passivity is normal when you’re repeatedly held down.

Maya Angelou wrote, Still I Rise. It speaks because rising is extraordinary in the face of prolonged adversity.

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

How People Rise:

#1. Encourage yourself.

Encouragement from others helps, but nothing surpasses self-encouragement. Friends might cheer, but until you cheer yourself, you can’t hear them.

Get a grip on self-talk. You talk to yourself constantly. Notice negative self-talk. Teach yourself some encouraging things to say to yourself.

Listen to this girl’s self-talk. Girls first Ski Jump (1 min. 48 sec.)

#2. Confront destructive behaviors.

You do things that cause self-harm and you avoid things that make life better when defeat grips you. Instead of working out, you eat chips and ice cream. Instead of applying for new jobs, you shop or play video games.

Make tiny improvements. Go for an 11 minute walk before you eat chips. Write a targeted cover letter for your resume’.

#3. Practice self-reflection.

Write in a journal for five-minutes before you go to bed.

What gives you strength to rise in the face of prolonged adversity?

How can leaders teach people to rise?

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*Learned Helplessness at Fifty: Insights from Neuroscience

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