Here are a few life lessons I’ve selected that came from the Ted Lasso show. There are many more, but these popped for me. I’ve also bottom lined them.
Start where you are. Ditch any beliefs that you should already be an expert. Take stock of your own assets, such as your character strengths that will propel you.
Own and share your emotions - The lesson is clear: When you experience emotional pain, acknowledge it. Allow yourself to feel it. Seek and accept support. Forget the outdated mandate to power through it alone—a sure prescription for burnout and psychic numbness. A more effective way to cope is to reach out to someone who cares, who will validate your pain and walk with you.
What is the best version of yourself? What would the best version of you look like? As Atomic Habits author James Clear reminds us, "Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become." Who do you wish to become? What kind of actions will you take?
Make quality connections. A reliable predictor of psychological health can be found in one's quality connections. Taking time to nurture your relationships does not represent dereliction of duty but expresses wise self-care. You'll experience more immediate pleasure and meaning while investing in future dividends.
This is my favourite: Be a Goldfish.
Part of Ted's hope strategy involves turning off the negative self-talk. "Be a goldfish." He claims they are the happiest creatures on earth because they have a ten-second memory. The next time your inner critic gets out its whip, call on your inner goldfish and move on.
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