I was thinking more about this years “Word of the Year” and something struck me, More like a question really – What does it mean to “thrive?” According to dictionary.com, one definition is “to grow or develop vigorously; to flourish,” and per Merriam-Webster, one definition is “to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances.”
I think most individuals desire to “thrive” in the world, both personally and professionally, and certain organizations, too, wish to “thrive.” They want to flourish, be responsive, resilient, and forward-looking…..especially in a fast-paced, ever-changing landscape like today!
I listened to a recorded lecture once that was delivered by Susan David, Ph.D., a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. For the last several decades, she has conducted science-based research around emotional agility. In her research, she has found that “no matter how intelligent or creative people are, or what type of personality they have, it is how they navigate their inner world (their thoughts, feelings, and self-talk) that ultimately determines how successful they will become.” In other words, the way individuals respond to their internal experiences drives everything they may say and do.
We must learn to adapt and make sure one’s values and intentions translate into the reality of “what we actually do on the ground” so that we can “THRIVE.”