If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only bring three things with you, what would they be?

Me? I’d take…

  • mint slices

  • soda water

  • gratitude

Gratitude? What?!

It’s not so I can sit on the beach looking out at the ocean and feeling blissful and #blessed being stranded.

It’s not about positively thinking my way out of this Castaway situation.

It’s about survival.

Because right now, if you’re stranded on a desert island, then you’re likely reeling with a negativity bias.

You’re dialled into the worst case scenario.

When you’re stuck on a desert island, one of the things you want most is control over the situation.

And there’s a perceived sense of relief when you focus all of your attention on the worst case scenario.

You feel prepared.

You feel like you know what’s going to happen next.

You feel in control.

But your brain is tricking you. Because you can’t control being stuck on a desert island.

No matter how many ways you look at it.

And while you’re focusing your attention on the worst case scenario, you forget the bigger picture and miss the things that are in front of you.

Gratitude is about seeing things differently.

It’s about problem solving.

It interrupts us when we’re spinning our wheels, procrastinating and overthinking things outside our control.

And bonus, it’s proven to be one of the most instrumental ways to increase your happiness.

Gratitude is just one way to harness neuroscience to get better results during any change.

At Top Five, we can help your team even when they feel like they’re marooned on a desert island.

We’ll help your teams see things differently and solve problems.

Mindset and resilience training isn’t a nice idea.

It’s not something you should get around to one day.

It’s not something to add to your wish list.

Mindset and resilience training is a must in your survival kit.

If your team needs to freshen up their survival kit for their results but more importantly their sanity, book some time in my diary here and let’s have a chat about what that could look like.

Take care.

Excited regards,

Clare Desira
Director, Top Five Movement


Because negative thinking is boring

PS.  Lastly, if you want to give this a go personally, we always come back to our favourite tool of writing 3 – 5 things a day that you are grateful for.  This trains your brain to see things differently and look out for the good stuff.  If you already have a practice like this, to take it to the next level, you can write down why each thing on your list made it there.

PPS. If you need extra support to see things differently, check out our mindset deck of questions that will help you spot those moments you’re grateful for (aka Top Five moments).  They’re a psychologists endorsed tool to retrain your brain and a bargain at less than $30 a deck. We’ve got a family deck too. Check them out here.