When it comes to your work and your life, would you confidently describe yourself as “thriving”?
Research published in 2002 shows around seven out of every 10 people are in the languishing zone – in other words, just getting by. The Corey Keyes paper published in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour studied data from more than 3000 adults between the ages of 25 and 74 and found only 17.2 per cent of people fit the criteria for flourishing, or thriving. Which are you?
The former, the “languishers”, can be categorised thus: fatigued; negative emotions; easily stressed; anxious; feelings of emptiness; disconnected; things seem hard.
If you are a “flourisher”, this might look more familiar: happy; socially connected; satisfied; positive outlook; productive; creative; things seem easy.
Consider your own situation. Do you lie in bed on a Monday morning dreading the week ahead? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of tasks you need to plough through every day? Do you feel like you just hanging in there, just surviving?
At times we can all feel swamped by our personal and professional lives. But if you want to move from languishing to flourishing, to achieve your full performance potential, you need to address four key characteristics: