To be a hero for anyone else, you first must be a hero to yourself. ~Nadalie Bardo
From the time I began in the field of personal development, I’ve heard about the importance of modeling others as a way of speeding up the process of creating success. Find out what others who have succeeded thought, what actions they took, what strategies they used — do the same and you’ll get the same results. Great!
And modeling does work — at least a good portion of the time. However, there is an important caveat.
Model people who are similar to you who have created the success you desire.
Sage Kotsenburg just won the first gold of the 2014 Winter Olympics and when he stood at the top of the course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Saturday, he was not sure which tricks he would attempt.
The one that mattered was one he had never attempted. “I just kind of make things up,” he said.
Think of how different this is from other competitors who have spent all winter perfecting runs that they imagined for months.
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Positive reinforcement can be very effective way to be a Strengths Hero for yourself or someone else — whether that means a simple pat on the back or using some other type of positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is widely accepted as a powerful method of teaching, training and building positive habits and behaviors and growing talents into strengths.
But WHEN should you give it to yourself or someone else?
Utah State University published a behavioral guidelines checklist which confirms that positive reinforcement is most effective when it occurs immediately after the behavior. The guidelines also recommend the reinforcement should be presented enthusiastically and should occur frequently.
The shorter the amount of time between any talent or behavior you want to reinforce and the subsequent positive reinforcement, the stronger the connection will be in the brain — remember the brain tells us to move TOWARD pleasure and AWAY from pain.