Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Triumph Over Emotional Challenges: Build Positive Reinforcement

Build Positive Reinforcement
Repetitive thoughts can influence our behavior on a daily basis.  It is often easy to "make mountains out of molehills" and see the negative in situations.   When the negative thoughts start creeping in, put a stop to them!  Imagine yourself squashing those thoughts as you would a mosquito that was about to bite you.  Think about those ongoing voices in your head.  What do they say?  How can you change them to be more positive?  Imagine yourself full of confidence, succeeding at everything you try.  Keep those positive thoughts going.
Celebrating small successes can help to reinforce positive interactions in the future.  Get your team members together and brainstorm the positive things each has done for each other and for the team.  Celebrate each success, however big or small.  Come up with ways to increase those successes day after day, week after week.   Get together on a regular basis and repeat this activity.

Team Strengths Exercise:    
  • Have each team member choose a partner who he/she knows fairly well.  
  • Each individual makes a list of the strengths of the partner.  
  • Partners discuss strengths with each other, reinforcing positive behaviors.  
  • Partners discuss how each of their strengths may be able to complement the other's. 
  • Team comes together as a whole and each partner reads the list he/she has written.  
  • Team celebrates their strengths together.
Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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