Wednesday, February 20, 2008

How Full Is Your Bucket?

The Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket

Each of us has an invisible bucket. It is conatantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us. when our bucket is full, we feel great. When it's empty, we feel awful.

Each of us also has an invisible dipper. When we use that dipper to fill other people's bucket- by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions- we also fill our bucket. But when we use that dipper to dip from other's buckets - by saying or doing things that decrease their positive emotions - we diminish ourselves.

"How Full Is Your Bucket?"
Positive strategies for work and life Tom Rath and Donald Clifton, PhD

The Five Strategies

Prevent Bucket Dipping
Shine a Light on What is Right
Make Best Friends
Give Unexpectedly
Reverse the Golden Rule

Want to see how much bucket filling you do compared to others? Take the Test!

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