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The ABC Technique - Overcoming Pessimistic Thinking

Is your glass half full or half empty?  Or are you like the engineer who is convinced that the glass is always full -- with both air and liquid!  Perspective plays a large role in how we deal with our daily challenges.  Change is inevitable; progress is optional.  It's up to you! The ABC Technique is an approach developed by Albert Ellis and adapted by Martin Seligman to help us think more optimistically. The technique is based on our explanatory style. That is, how we explain difficult or stressful situations to ourselves, across dimensions of permanence, pervasiveness, and personalization. These thoughts directly impact what we believe about the event, ourselves, and the world at large. The Technique pushes you to analyze three aspects of a situation: Adversity. Beliefs. Consequences. Whenever you encounter adversity you develop thoughts and beliefs about the situation. This, in turn, leads to consequences. To be optimistic, you must change what you believe about yourself, and the situation, when you encounter adversity. Positive beliefs will, in turn, lead to more positive consequences, and a more positive outlook. Here is a link to get you started: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/abc.htm __________________________________________________________ Editor’s Note: There are many resources for the tools and techniques presented in this series of articles. A few examples follow: Learn Out Loud: http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video/Self-Development Business Balls: http://www.businessballs.com/ Project Management Guru: http://www.projectmanagementguru.com/index.html Mind Tools: http://www.mindtools.com Explore and share! Improved stress management.

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