How to start flourishing

The word “flourish” is quite a buzz word these days.  It’s connected with happiness, well-being, and thriving.  Last month I took a certificate course given by the founder of the Positive Psychology movement, Martin E.P. Seligman, in which his most recent book titled “Flourish”, states, “positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in life.” After taking this course, I wanted to know how I could flourish.

Back in November, I enrolled in a course called, “Time to Flourish: Achieving your Potential” held at King’s College London.  It was a 10 week coaching course designed for Masters students at the school and delivered by 3 professors who work at the IOPPN (Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience).  The course was to help us learn, first hand, how to enhance our well-being and use these techniques to flourish and coach ourselves.

The topics of the course included:

  • the science of well-being
  • stress management and resilience
  • self-directed learning and goal setting
  • developing solution-focused skills
  • positive communication and interpersonal relationships
  • building a meaningful life and career
  • being successful:  what does it mean to you?
  • improving the way we live
  • overcoming procrastination
  • risk-taking and making decisions
  • creating your life learning project plan

I’m sad that the course is over for me, but it’s just beginning.  I am now developing a training course around all these topics and more.  In the coming months, I will be gaining my certification to deliver this training but ultimately it’s about giving you the skills for you to be able to coach yourself.  Stay tuned.

If you are interested in learning how to coach yourself and flourish, then you’ve done it.  Because the first step to flourishing is WANTING to flourish yourself.

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