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LET IT GO.

I once worked with the head copywriter of an advertising firm who found it difficult not to worry about the financial health of her company--how many clients account services was landing, what kind of designs the art department was producing, whether her boss would start laying people off. Once she realized that each of these was outside of her control and that worrying about them only led to stress, she was able to shift her focus toward fixing the root of the problem. I had her make two lists: what she could control and what she couldn't. She was shocked to see how much of her daily life fell into the former column.

We set the following goal: Improve only the copy she wrote herself. Recommitting herself to this manageable goal not only helped her focus her energy on something she could handle, but once her own performance improved, her circle of influence expanded. The better her wri ting bccame, the harder her team worked to follow her example. The team's improved performance soon raised the bar for other departments, which responded with renewed enthusiasm and creativity.

Commit yourself to improving your performance, and see the ripple effect it creates.

SHAWN ACHOR IS A HARVARD-TRAINED RESEARCHER AND THE AUTHOR OF BEFORE HAPPINESS. GET A DAILY DOSE OF HAPPY AT FACEBOOK.COM/ SHAWNACHOR.

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Title Annotation:THE HAPPINESS GUY
Author:Achor, Shawn
Publication:Success
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2017
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