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The Antidote to Languishing is to Make it Better

Focus on accomplishing small goals

In the last month of 2021, Wharton professor Adam Grant wrote a widely-read and quoted column for The New York Times entitled "There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing."

As is his gift, Grant described something many were feeling but couldn’t quite articulate. The suspended animation aspect of the past two years and the feeling of a lack of control over our circumstances have left many of us in a state somewhere between depression and flourishing. Grant’s word for that place is languishing.

To move past it, Grant suggested that we focus on accomplishing small goals. I agree with him and would offer a finer point on his suggestion. What if 2022 was the year you put languishing in your rearview mirror by setting a series of small goals throughout the year to make different things in your life incrementally better? My take is that it would move you forward and make a positive difference for you and the people you love, lead, work with and share a community with. This year, I invite you to join me on a journey of reclaiming your agency and moving past languishing and feeling helpless or hopeless by making a daily choice to be better or make something better in some small way.

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