Three Action Thursday

I Am Languishing

I know it’s been a while since I have shown up in your inbox, but I wanted to share with you a couple of things that I have been going over. I’m excited to tell you about this concept of languishing and how to pull yourself out of it. Additionally, I want to share with you a fantastic book on how to strengthen your relationships with others. Lastly, a few quotes to ponder!

Hope you enjoy this week’s Three Action Thursday!

A Concept I am Exploring

Languishing. Last year Adam Grant wrote a piece for the New York Times on that feeling we get as humans when we are not making any progress in a particular area of our lives, but yet we are not depressed. (You may remember Adam Grant from the book he wrote called Think Again that I covered in a previous Three Action Thursday piece entitled The Echo Chamber Antidote.) I think this concept of “languishing” perfectly defines how many people felt during the pandemic and still feel now even as we appear to be coming out of it. If you are more of an audio/visual person, Adam also did a TEDTalk on “How to Stop Languishing“. 

I can point to a few times in my life when I was not depressed, not flourishing…but languishing.

A Book I am “Reading”

I believe building authentic relationships is the key to happiness and fulfillment in life, and that’s what it’s a core tenet of Three Action Thursday. The book Connect by Dr. David Bradford and Dr. Carole Robin is all about building exceptional relationships. Connect taught me the elements of such a relationship, tactics to deepen existing relationships, and conflict mitigation techniques that end up making relationships even stronger. I love the book so much it is going to be our company book club book to read together.

Here’s a podcast interview with the authors.

Quotes I am Pondering

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. 

~ Jane Goodall, English primatologist and anthropologist

Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing. 

~ William Feather, American publisher, and author

Congealed thinking is the forerunner of failure. Make sure you are always receptive to new ideas. 

~ George Crane, American psychologist, and physician

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