Lessons FromPeaks and Valleys Good and Bad Times Work For You — At Work and In Life By Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Peaks are moments when youappreciate what you have
Valleys are moments whenyou long for what is missing
Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man wholives unhappily in a valley until he meets an oldman who lives on a peak, and it changes his workand life forever.Initially, the young man does not realize he istalking with one of the most peaceful andsuccessful people in the world. However, througha series of conversations and experiences thatoccur up on peaks and down in valleys, the youngman comes to make some startling discoveries.Eventually, he comes to understand how he canuse the old man’s remarkable principles andpractical tools in good and bad times andbecomes more calm and successful himself.Now you can take a similar journey through thestory and use what you find to your advantage inyour own work and life.
1) You cannot always control external events, but you cancontrol you personal Peaks and Valleys by what you believeand what you do.
2) Have you ever noticed that your life is filled withups and downs? It is never all ups or all downs.
“Like a healthy heartbeat, your personal Peaks and Valleys are an essential partof a normal, healthy life. So are the Plateaus, if they are times of healthy restwhen you take stock of what is happening and pause to think about what to donext. 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. Thereare valuable lessons to be learned in the Valley and, youcan’t stay on the Peak if you are not prepared.
4) Peaks and Valleys are connected. The errors you make intoday’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 andmanage your good times wisely.
6) The pain in a valley can wake you up to a truth you havebeen 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, youre going to come out in very good shape." The Author
7) The path out of a valley appears when you choose to seethings differently. Empty Full
8) Between Peaks there are always Valleys. Howyou manage your Valley determines how soon youreach your next Peak.
9) If you do not learn in a Valley, you can becomebitter. If you truly learn something valuable, you canbecome better.
10) A plateau can be a time for you to rest, reflectand renew.
11) You can have fewer bad times when youappreciate 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 ifwe spent more time together?... Would we infact, feel a lot more calm and peaceful becausewe 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 aValley too long is fear, masquerading as comfort.
13) A great way to get to you next Peak is tofollow you sensible vision.Follow your sensible visionImagine yourself enjoying a better future insuch specific, believable detail that yousoon enjoy doing what takes you there.“Is what Im doing raising or lowering myenergy? Am I feeling more calm or morestressed? Am I getting better or worseresults? If youre getting the negativeanswers, then you know youre not beingtrue to what you need.” The Author
14) The pain in a Valley can wake you up to a truthyou have been ignoring.
15) To stay in a Peak longer : Be humble and grateful. Domore of what got you there. Keep making things better. Domore for others. Save resources for your upcoming Valleys.Appreciate and manage your good timeBe 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 thatyoure only part of the peak and youre onlypart of the valley, then you start getting amore realistic perspective.” The Author
16) Help people make good and bad times work forthem 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 valleysof your life at work and at home. Recognize and utilize the positive that is so oftenhidden in the bad times. Appreciate and capitalize on your good times. Thank You