How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Brexit

Nine months have passed since the European Referendum and the UK’s economic prospects don’t look sunny. Sterling’s value against the US Dollar has fallen by about 15% and this is having an impact on fuel prices and the cost of foodstuffs, which suggests we’re entering a period of cost inflation and bleak times.

Stop worrying learn to love brexit

With Brexit Day (29 March 2017) fresh in the memory and as a remainer and passionate European I could take a negative view of the future. But I refuse to. Instead I turn to Shawn Achor’s work – his TedTalk and book ‘The Happiness Advantage’.

As an illustration of Achor’s philosophy I want you to imagine we are walking into a local bank. We arrive in the reception area and there are 48 other people waiting to be served. As we wait, in bursts a robber with a gun, he fires off the gun and a bullet goes straight through your arm.

The question to ask yourself now is ‘Are you lucky or unlucky?’

People who consider themselves unlucky, because – “How come I got shot when there were 49 other people in the room?” – are taking what is called a negative construct.

People who consider themselves lucky, because if the bullet had been 6 inches (or 15 European centimetres) either way then they could have been killed, are taking a positive construct.

Achor argues there are 3 good reasons why we should take positive constructs.

1 – When faced by challenge or adversity such as Brexit, people who take positive constructs rather than negative constructs are likely to achieve better outcomes. Their glass is half-full rather than half-empty.

2  – People who take positive constructs tend to have longer lasting relationships, indeed Achor argues you can rewire the brain to take positive constructs. For example, for the next 21 days, share 3 good things about your day with your partner. Achor argues that not only will you think more positively, the relationship with your partner will be stronger and more rewarding.

3 – Is ‘The Killer’ and is based on two pieces of research.

The diaries of novices entering a nunnery in the early 20th century were studied and their entries divided into positive and negative constructs. They discovered that nuns who took positive constructs lived, on average, 10 years longer than nuns who took negative constructs.

Dr Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, asked people who were going down for open-heart surgery if they thought they were going to get better or die. He found that those who thought they were going to get better, had a propensity to get better. And those who thought they were going to die, had a propensity to die.

This reminds me of the Henry Ford quote: “Whatever you think, you’re probably right”.

So there’s good reason, despite the economic doom and gloom, to see Brexit in a positive light and as a positive construct.

Those who sit around remoaning won’t succeed. Individuals and companies who see Brexit as an opportunity are the ones that will do best.

Michael is Chief Executive of 10Eighty. 10Eighty is a career and talent management consultancy that helps organizations maximize the contribution of their employees by ensuring satisfying jobs and careers for their employees. Michael is a Human Resources professional, having worked in the National Health Service, Insurance, Commodities and Derivatives industries. He has worked within the career coaching business for fifteen years, both managing a £7 million business and delivering bespoke, one to one career coaching. In the last 15 years Michael has run businesses that have helped 75,000 people make successful career transitions. He is a frequent commentator in the press/media, which includes a range of topics on “successfully managing your career” and talent management. Most recent media mentions have included BBC South, CNBC, Radio4, Financial Times, City AM, Financial News, Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Grapevine and HR Magazine, to name but a few. He writes a careers column for People Management, a blog for the Human Resources Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Thompson Reuters HR Portal. Michael is known as a thought provoking speaker in the HR industry. In the last 18 months, Michael spoke at the Careers Partner International Conference, NHS breakthrough conference, NHS North West Leadership Academy, London School of Economics, University of Westminster’s Talent Management Conference, ICAEW Finance Directors Conference, CIPD learning and development conference and CIPD branch seminars. He is also Chair of the CIPD’s Central London Branch. Additionally is a non executive director of Marshall ACM, an e-learning company and the Total Reward Group, a compensation and benefits consultancy. Michael plans to publish his book “The guide to everlasting employability” in the Autumn 2012. He has just launched an iphone app “careers snakes and ladders” and an online interactive version of the book in collaboration with Marshall ACM to coincide the launch of his new business 10Eighty. Michael has a degree in Economics, a MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds an accreditation from the British Psychological Society for the use of psychometrics. Michael has completed the Fairplace Internal Accreditation Programme, the training element of which is externally recognised by the Association for Coaching. Michael Moran was until January 2012 Chief Executive of Fairplace and a main board director of Savile plc, the career and talent management consultancy. Fairplace is part of the Savile Group, an AIM listed plc. The Savile Group was placed 16th in the Sunday Times top 100 small companies in 2010.

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