The Power of Positive Rituals
Change is difficult. Human beings are creatures of habit and routine. What we did yesterday is what we are likely to do today. The problem with most efforts at change is that conscious effort can't be sustained over the long haul. Will and discipline are far more limited resources than most people recognize.
Positive rituals - highly specific routines for managing energy - are the key to full engagement and sustained high performance.
In contrast to will and discipline, which require that we push ourselves to a particular behavior, rituals pull at us. Their power is that they don't require conscious effort. The bigger the stresses and storms we face, the more inclined we are to revert to our survival habits, and the more important positive rituals become.
The Keys to Building Rituals
The Benefit of Rituals
Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz are senior partners and principals at LGE Performance Systems. They co-developed the Full Engagement Training for Corporate Athletes® and they have each worked with hundreds of executives and managers. As a performance psychologist, Jim has also trained hundreds of athletes. The author of 12 books, including Stress for Success, Jim Lives in Orlando, Florida. Tony is co-author with Donald Trump of the #1 bestselling Art of the Deal and of What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America. He lives in New York City.
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