Lessons From Peaks & Valleys Good and Bad Times Work For You — At Work and In Life By Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Peaks are moments when you appreciate what you have
Valleys are moments when you long for what is missing
Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever. Initially, the young man does not realize he is talking with one of the most peaceful and successful people in the world. However, through a series of conversations and experiences that occur up on peaks and down in valleys, the young man comes to make some startling discoveries. Eventually, he comes to understand how he can use the old man’s remarkable principles and practical tools in good and bad times and becomes more calm and successful himself. Now you can take a similar journey through the story and use what you find to your advantage in your own work and life.
1) You cannot always control external events, but you can control you personal Peaks and Valleys by what you believe and what you do.
2) Have you ever noticed that your life is filled with ups and downs?It is never all ups or all downs.
“Like a healthy heartbeat, your personal Peaks and Valleys are an essential part of a normal, healthy life. So are the Plateaus, if they are times of healthy rest when you take stock of what is happening and pause to think about what to do next. Peaks and Valleys are not just the good and bad times that happen to you. They are also how you feel inside and respond to outside events.”
3) We can make good use of our time in the Valley. There are valuable lessons to be learned in the Valley and, you can’t stay on the Peak if you are not prepared.
4) Peaks and Valleys are connected. The errors you make in today’s good times create tomorrow’s bad times. “ The errors you make in today’s good times create tomorrow’s bad times. And the wise things you do in today’s bad times create tomorrow’s good times. People who use a Peaks and Valleys approach during bad times make things better when they return to basics, and concentrate on what matters most.”
5) You can have fewer bad times when you appreciate and manage your good times wisely.
6) The pain in a valley can wake you up to a truth you have been ignoring. Make reality your friend Whether you are temporarily up on a Peak or down in a Valley, ask yourself: What is the truth in the situation? "If you make your decisions based on the truth, you're going to come out in very good shape." The Author
7) The path out of a valley appears when you choose to see things differently. Empty Full
8) Between Peaks there are always Valleys. How you manage your Valley determines how soon you reach your next Peak.
9) If you do not learn in a Valley, you can become bitter. If you truly learn something valuable, you can become better.
10) A plateau can be a time for you to rest, reflect and renew.
11) You can have fewer bad times when you appreciate and manage your good times wisely. Find and use the good hidden in the bad time Relax, knowing valleys end. Do the opposite of what put you in the valley. Get outside of yourself; be of more service at work And more loving in life. Uncover the good that is hidden In a bad time, and use it to your advantage. "What if we went back to the basics? What if we spent more time together?... Would we in fact, feel a lot more calm and peaceful because we got back to the basics?" The Author
12) The most common reason you leave a Peak too soon is arrogance, masquerading as confidence. The most common reason you stay in a Valley too long is fear, masquerading as comfort.
13) A great way to get to you next Peak is to follow you sensible vision. Follow your sensible vision Imagine yourself enjoying a better future in such specific, believable detail that you soon enjoy doing what takes you there. “Is what I'm doing raising or lowering my energy? Am I feeling more calm or more stressed? Am I getting better or worse results? If you're getting the negative answers, then you know you're not being true to what you need.” The Author
14) The pain in a Valley can wake you up to a truth you have been ignoring.
15) To stay in a Peak longer : Be humble and grateful. Do more of what got you there. Keep making things better. Do more for others. Save resources for your upcoming Valleys. Appreciate and manage your good time Be humble and grateful. Do more of what got you there. Keep making things better. Do more for others. Save your resources for your upcoming valleys. “If you are humble enough to remember that you're only part of the peak and you're only part of the valley, then you start getting a more realistic perspective.” The Author
16) Help people make good and bad times work for them too. Share it with other! “The single most powerful way to share Peaks and Valleys with those that you work with and live with is look at the principles and the practical tools and use them yourself.” The Author
Understand and apply this wisdom to successfully navigate the peaks and valleys of your life at work and at home. Recognize and utilize the positive that is so often hidden in the bad times. Appreciate and capitalize on your good times. Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn