Two Minute Drill: Victim or Victor
What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is being the victim or the victor. Several weeks ago, I was having a conversation with my sister, Efrat, and she told me this story about her daughter, my baby niece, Malka. Malka was having a bit of a tough go of it that day and my sister turned to Malka and said, “Are you going to be the victim or the victor?”
The Stoic Happiness Triangle
My very smart baby niece said, “I’m going to be the victor”. My sister was like, that’s right Malka, you’re going to be the victor. It got me thinking about how we can change the scenarios in our lives, or our mindset, or our circumstances, and go from being the victim, to the victor, and so it automatically brought me to the Stoic Happiness Triangle.
The Stoic Happiness Triangle has three components. The first component is live with Areté, the Greek word meaning excellence or virtue. Do what we can every day to be the best version of ourselves every minute, every hour, every day.
The second part of the Stoic Happiness Triangle is focusing on what we can control, and we can either react or we can respond. We can take a deep breath, take a step back and realize, let’s not let the story that we’re telling ourselves get in the way of solving the problem.
Lastly, it’s about taking responsibility. It is about responding. It is about taking responsibility for the things that we do have control over and doing it with Areté, responding with virtue, with excellence.
Whenever we feel like we’re the victim, let’s leave that emotion behind and focus on the Stoic Happiness Triangle and be the victor.
That’s this week’s Two Minute Drill.
You guys have a great week and I’ll talk to you all next week.