New beginnings or endings?
Do you love new beginnings or are you more of a happy endings, finisher type of person? Do your relish the first day, the first opportunity, the fresh start or do you prefer bringing things to completion, placing the last piece of the puzzle and signing things off? People generally have a preference though not everyone is aware of their natural tendency. In a work team, an ideal combination would consist of those who like to begin projects, those who like to end them, with an overlap of everyone doing what needs to happen in between.
Creative ideas are often the hallmark of beginners who can conjure up wonderful concepts and plans but may struggle to see them through to completion. If you love new beginnings you may relish all things new, whether that be beginning the new tube of toothpaste or starting a new job. The blessing of beginners is they can inspire, enthuse and encourage others but on the downside they can may easily get bored and disinterested in projects as soon as they start to lose their novelty factor. A tendency to move on to something shiny and new and abandon half completed tasks may manifest itself, not just in the workplace but in every area of life. Half finished bookshelves, unfinished novels and uncompleted ‘to do’ lists are evident in the homes of the beginners.
The perfect union
Perhaps finishers are more frugal and beginners are more abundant, divergent versus convergent perhaps? In one regard they are opposed to each other and yet in the right circumstances they can create a perfect union. Finishers may have more self-discipline, be more focused and able to apply themselves or it may just be the case that they enjoy the satisfaction of bringing things to completion. Asking a beginnings person to fulfill a finishers role or asking a completer to fullfill a beginners role is likely to result in misery and lack of productivity for both and this mismatch may be a reason why some people lack job satisfaction. Getting this right and everyone can maximise their potential, utilise their strengths and enjoy doing what they like doing best.
It would be great if we could simply do what we are good at and delegate the rest to someone else but sadly in life we often have to do things we’d rather avoid, like tax returns, ironing and negotiating a new motoring insurance policy. Some times we can utilise our powers of self-control or self-regulation but for long-term goals we need to be able to regulate our behaviour, emotions and attentions. Work by positive psychologist Angela Duckworth suggests that in order to succeed we need passion and perserverance the essence of ‘grit’. The good news is that these character traits can be developed even though they may not be as natural to some as others.
I know without any doubt that I am a beginner and not a finisher. Since childhood I have loved things that are novel, different and interesting. For me, the first day of a new school term aroused my curiosity, sense of adventure and my fondness of ‘newness’ and outweighed any anxiety and apprehension that several of my friends had. I would relish the experience of putting on a new uniform, finding a new classroom and meeting a new teacher. Possessing a complete P.E kit (parts of which I would usually lose by week 2 or 3!), a bag full of blank exercise books, unused pens and pencils was accompanied by an strong feeling of hope and optimism. In a similar fashion I love New Year, Spring and early mornings. Being at the start and new beginnings is where I feel at my best and most comfortable.
University College Aylesbury Vale
With regard to new beginnings, I am thrilled that Positive Psychology Learning will delivering the first of their 2 & 5 day positive psychology courses at University College Aylesbury Vale beginning the 26th-27th Novembe, 2015. This brand new £16.5m education and professional development campus is equipped with the latest technology for learning, teaching and research and also hosts programmes and courses from Buckinghamshire New University as well as the Aylesbury College prospectus.
A brand new course in a brand new building – how about that for new beginnings?
In order to celebrate this wonderful new relationship, Positive Psychology Learning are offering more than 50% discount of the first 10 course registrations on the 2 day ‘Introduction to Positive Psychology‘ course. This special price of £299 (full price £650) mark these ‘new beginnings’ and the first of many future Positive Psychology Learning courses at University College Aylesbury Vale.
‘Experience (is) the difference!’