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Framing Failure - Temple 2016

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Framing Failure with
Positive Psychology
"You must learn to fail intelligently. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. One fails forward towards success."
Thomas Edison

• I didn’t get the job I wanted.
• My supervisor criticized my concert and my principal didn't even attend!
• I don’t understand this new Michael Markowski piece.
• I can’t hear this chord without a keyboard.
• I got a 1.5% raise, but I know that I deserve more.

FAITH
and
DOUBT

Curt Ebersole
Temple University
Wind Conducting &
Teaching Workshop
July 13, 2016
What are we up against?
What do we want most?
What's your Avatar?
Remember, your avatar can be a person, place, or thing. Let's re-introduce ourselves, then name and explain our avatar before we go any further.
“Positive psychology is the scientific study of
optimal human functioning. It aims to
discover and promote the factors that allow
individuals and communities to thrive.”

- Dr. Martin Seligman,
Founding Father of Positive Psychology
What is Positive Psychology?
What is positive psychology?
In the plainest terms, Positive Psychology is the science of human success.
Traditional psychology was developed post-WWII
Marty Seligman founded Positive Psychology, based on pleasure, engagement, and meaning.
To be succssful, this requires a paradigm shift and innovation.
“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
- Albert Einstein
Science
We are not selling Happiology!
What is this really about?
“Other People Matter” - Chris Peterson

“When you change yourself, you change the world.” -Robert Quinn
To understand flow, it might be good to first consider the opposite of flow.
Examples of flow
Frequent flow correlates with:
Life satisfaction
Achievement
Better health
Creativity
Components of flow:
The task is challenging and requires skill.
We concentrate.
There are clear goals.
We get immediate/unambiguous feedback.
There is a sense of control.
What we experience with flow:
"As we master new skills, our experience of flow diminishes because the task at hand is no longer as stimulating and demanding. Thus, to maintain flow, we continually have to test ourselves in ever more challenging activites."

Sonja Lyubomirsky, 2007
Caveat
Flow: Optimal Experience
(Csikszentmihalyi, 1990)
Flow Chart -
Better!
Discussion Questions
What do you perceive as the optimal experience when you're in flow?
Now that you have a label for this experience, can you describe some examples when you have experienced flow?
How can you leverage more flow in rehearsals?
How can we leverage flow to mediate the effects of failure?
Think about the often-asked question: "How are you?"
Do you ask & respond mindfully?
Mindfulness
Or is your approach like his?
Toolbox ideas to turn
the corner with your ensembles
Appreciating What is Good
Ask: “Name one great thing that happened in rehearsal yesterday."
Review rehearsal milestones as part of closure.
Create accountability by challenging students to recall milestones at the next rehearsal.
Using reference points
Change the tone of rehearsal by pulling in positive experiences.
Don’t be afraid to act out of character.
Take risks!
We teach this every day, but do we do it ourselves?
Can your ensemble benefit from a moment of focus through concentration on a non-performance breath at the beginning of rehearsal?
747 Jet trick: Try inhaling (nose) for 7 counts, holding with the diaghram for 4 counts, exhaling (mouth) for 7 counts. Repeat 3 times. This can slow down your heart rate and create a much calmer outlook.
Breathing
Creating Action Plans
Step outside the norm.
Formulate avenues of accountability.
Create varied expectations.
Utilizing Imagery
Visualize the best possible scenario.
Know your clientele.
Choose resources which are meaningful.
Leveraging
Social-Emotional Leaders
Chains of Inspiration
Who and what inspires you?
▪ Our sense of self vanishes
Time stops
Emotions become neutral
Decrease in pain symptoms
Natural, productive 'high'
"We become one with the music."
Yes, this really happened.
Mamaroneck, NY - February 20, 2016
Framework of shared leadership which encourages and supports the full development of individual players by creating a chain of accountable inspiration throughout the ensemble.
Social-Emotional Leaders employ current research from Positive Psychology to create communities that flourish.
Flourishing means living within an optimal range of human functioning, one that connotes goodness, generativity, growth, and resilience.
Social-Emotional Leaders already exist in our ensembles. Consider what’s possible for the ensemble and beyond when they are called to action.
Ignore the pessimists. Avoid their company and their dark vibes. They thrive on failure and negativity. Rise above them. Trust your instincts and your ability. Set your standards and goals. Aim high. Strive for great things.

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist fears this is true."
James Branch Cabell
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