I've had a lot of time to research, write and reflect on a question posed face to face to founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman. The question presented was 'what message would you share with Students around the world?' Here is part of what Seligman said...

"Flourishing exists in the presence of both positivity and negativity"

Wow! How's that for knocking your socks off! It does not have to be all peaches and cream for you to grow. So, wherever you are in the world and in your studies formally or informally remember that challenge is part of the deal.

Over the last few years Seligman has developed an evidence-based model of Flourishing. Essentially Flourishing is said to exist when one regularly experiences Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Achievement more often than not. Doesn't have to be 24/7, but dial it in (these Flourishing elements) as much as possible

An easy way to remember this is through the acronym PERMA.

It's okay to not experience these flourishing elements all of the time, yet arguably as a student of potential it is important to actively seek ways to experience these more often than not.

Ponder this model as you ponder how it could link to the development of your potential. I'll leave you with this question:

Which aspect of the Perma model of flourishing (Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement) would significantly enhance the expression of your potential this week?

Your path towards flourishing as a student of potential must by necessity include both positive and challenging situations.

With Arete.


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