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Self coaching tool #3: Three Good Things

Sometimes we can be so focused on getting through the day that we forget to give ourselves credit for all the things we do along the way. We forget that how we do things is as important as what we do. We overlook the small wins that really add up.

There is a coaching exercise to counter this tendency. It’s called Three Good Things and it’s really simple.

At the end of each day, write down three things that went well. They can be anything, big or small. You might want to note that you had a really productive one-to-one with one of your team, or that you managed to get out for a walk, or got some good feedback on a piece of work.

At the end of the week, look back over your list. See how much you’ve achieved. Count all the wins you’ve had, big and small. You’ll see that they really do add up.

As human beings, we can have a tendancy to focus on the negative, so this exercise trains us to recognise good things, too. It is rooted in the school of positive psychology, which looks at what contributes to our well-being and how we can increase these positive influences in our lives.

It's a tool I use myself if I start to feel overwhelmed or notice that I’m being hard on myself for not achieving "enough". If you feel that you struggle to give yourself credit, why not try it for a week or two and see how it works for you?


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