5 metastasizing emotional cancers – a concept given by Stephen Covey: These cancers or emotional characteristic eats up the positiveness we have which is required to do impact-full work. We need to be positive, full of gratitude and thankful to the people around us and to God in order to do meaningful work which will fetch us Success. The five emotional cancers are:
Criticizing | Complaining | Comparing | Competing | Contending
Essentially any feeling when attached too much with “I” or “Me” becomes disastrous. Criticism is not bad but when done with the objective of degrading someone else to upheld ourselves is BAD.
While we recommend ourselves to be positive minded, However not all feeling of disturbances are bad. Disturbance and turbulence thus shouldn’t be confused with negativity. When Disturbance & negativity help us achieve success/happiness, they are good. When one quits smoking, the feelings are disturbing but ultimately good in long term. Interestingly all bad habits makes us feel bad.
HBR article titled “Positive Intelligence” mentions that In a meta-analysis of 225 academic studies, researchers Sonja Lyubomirsky, Laura King, and Ed Diener found strong evidence of directional causality between life satisfaction and successful business outcomes”.
Shawn Achor in the same article, suggests 5 activities which when repeated over a month has the potential to change habits to positive. Here is the list which he recommends, people to do consistently for a month.
a) Jot down three things they were grateful for.
b) Write a positive message to someone in their social support network.
c) Meditate at their desk for two minutes.
d) Exercise for 10 minutes.
e) Take two minutes to describe in a journal the most meaningful experience of the past 24 hours.
Take a look and see for yourself if you have a chance to transform your life through this simple intervention.