Technologies are very popular now and have become the modern day psychology.  Where Freudian therapy can take many years of delving into your past, mind technologies can be viewed as the evolution of tools designed to fix the mind right here and now.

One of the leaders in the field today is Martin Seligman, most well known as the author of the book Learned Optimism and a pioneer in the positive psychology movement. Learned optimism is the idea in positive psychology that a talent for joy, like any other, can be cultivated. It is contrasted with learned helplessness. Learning optimism is done by consciously challenging any negative self talk.

We can all learn to be optimistic even if its not our natural trait.  In life and business optimism is one of the most important traits to success and happiness.

The main technology that Seligman teaches is the ABCD+E method which stands for: Adversity, Belief, Consequences, Disqualification and Energy.  Whenever a negative thought (adversity) arises in our mind, state what your Belief is and Consequences of that belief could be.  Then present and argument against that thought by Disqualifying how non logical it actually is.  Take note of your energy level as it should immediately go up in most cases.

Another core principle of learning to be optimistic is the difference between temporary and permanence.  The optimistic person sees things as temporary and this is the key to developing an optimistic mind.

There is great information on the Positive Psychology website and Seligman’s TED talk The State of Psychology that details the movement.

For more learnings in being optimistic check out the Essential Books on Optimism.

Ascent Today Habit: List 10x’s an ABCD+E example in a journal.  Complete this in one week