The positive impact of small victories

Sooner or later, every human being is confronted with failure. Although you can learn many lessons for the future from them, setbacks rarely provide a positive stimulus. Moreover, repeated failure even erodes self-esteem, impairs creativity, and puts the brakes on the willingness to take risks. Recent research has shown that you are better off focusing on your successes. The positive impact on creativity and the work climate is just as effective even with very small victories as with major breakthroughs. On the basis of these insights, Flanders DC, in collaboration with Vlerick Business School and the VDAB, have developed the new tool: Choose your own path.

The micro-victory boost

This free online tool is targeted at (starting) entrepreneurs, employees and job-seekers who want to take their careers into their own hands. Through active and reflective assignments, the tool stimulates intrinsic motivation − one of the most important personal qualities for developing a successful career.

For 30 weeks, you receive one assignment per week that puts your entrepreneurial creativity to the test. Each completed assignment makes you pause and reflect upon a micro-victory. So, you not only take steps towards an autonomous career path, you also experience a boost from the successful completion of each assignment, which generates a positive attitude and an innovative outlook.

The tool is founded on a study by Professor Katleen De Stobbeleir and Researcher Angie Van Steerthem. “The tool is based on the Progress Principle developed by Teresa Amabile at Harvard Business School. You need 3 experiences of progress to mentally neutralise a setback. The experience of success is necessary to the experience of progress, and the sense of progress empowers you to move mountains. What’s more, even small victories work as an important buffer for countering negative events in the work context. ‘Choose your own path’ applies this theory to weekly challenges, in which you evaluate yourself in a non-threatening and positive way.”

Want to strengthen your talents and stimulate your creativity for 30 weeks? Then, register now for Choose your own path! (Dutch version only)

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