We recently wrote about how to manage fear and doubt with logical reasoning. You can read about it here (and take a free test to see if you think logically).
As we discussed in the above article, it's easy to get caught up in the "rough and tumble" parts of our lives.
Conversely, it's also easy to think that positive momentum and successes are always going to be there when we are riding the inevitable high points of our lives.
Can we still "win" without getting too caught up in the highs and lows of our lives?
In her book, Thinking In Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All The Facts, world champion poker player and grad-level psychologist, Annie Duke, writes a wonderful section on how best to judge the outcomes of your decisions when it comes to measuring happiness.
Her long term observation principle mirrors the same advice Tony Robbins uncovered when interviewing 50 of the richest people in the world for his book, Unshakeable.
Robbins says that 50 of the richest people in the world, in general, strongly encourage you to look at risk before reward when financially investing and, when making long-term financial investments, do not watch the daily ticker for measuring results, watch the annual trajectory.
Duke essentially says the same thing when making long-term emotional investments. She writes:
"The overestimation of the impact of any individual moment on our overall happiness is the emotional equivalent of watching the ticker in the financial world. We make long-term stock investment because we want it to appreciate over years or decades. Yet there we are, watching a downward tick over a few minutes, consumed by imagining the worst. What's the volume? Is it heavier than usual? Better check the news stories. Better check the message boards to find out what rumors are circulating."
She follows up a little later with this little nugget of wisdom:
"Happiness, (however we individually define it) is not best measured by looking at the ticker, zooming in and magnifying moment-by-moment or day-by-day movements. We would be better off thinking about our happiness as a long-term stock holding. We would do well to view our happiness through a wide-angle lens, striving for a long, sustaining upward trend in our happiness stock..."
Good advice? You decide.
The 50 richest people in the world seem to (generally) follow it from a financial perspective. It's possible that the 50 happiest people in the world follow it from an emotional perspective, isn't it?
Would it hurt to try it for a couple of years? Hugs.
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