The "Yes, And" Technique

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As you can probably see I was exhausted when I shot this video. I really wanted to put out a quality video filled with excitement. I just didn't have it in me. I showed it to my wife and she suggested that I reshoot it. I agreed until I slept on it.

We all have exhausting days and we can't reshoot our work day, so I decided to publish the video. I was easily frustrated, but I still had fun shooting it. I actually growled at myself because I kept forgetting to look directly into the camera. I laughed at myself. That's what working happy is all about: seeing the joy even when we are having a tough time.

Superstar Christian Bale was recently recorded berating a person on set. He lost his cool for like 10 minutes. I felt so bad for the guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I would link to it, but I don't want to waste your time. He could have just laughed it off, but he couldn't find that little spot within himself to be able to laugh. He went straight for anger.

You will be tired, grumpy and exhausted in the near future, but instead of giving in to those upsetting feelings try to find that little spot inside yourself that can laugh or smile at your reaction. It will make the situation easier to handle and more comfortable for the people around you.

The reason I shot this video is because we all need to find a way to roll with our emotions and the people we work with, instead of wanting everything to be a certain way. We don't need to be accepted. We need to be doing the accepting. Everything else will fall into place.


One of my all time favorite blogs...Michael Martine of Remarkablogger always hooks me up with brilliant ideas to improve this blog.


Do you want to start your own Work Happiness Project? Then stay tuned because I am putting together a great series of posts.


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