What’s the Difference Between Thriving and Surviving?

The difference between thriving and surviving is as vast as its impact on our life. When we are thriving, we are in a creative, engaged mindset. We see abundance and tend to be open to achieving more of what we want in our work, relationships, and lives.

Surviving, on the other hand, is fear-based living. We tend to focus on the limitations we are faced with and can quickly move into blaming and shaming others. In survival, we see the problems – not the solutions – which causes us to generate more energy within us that doesn’t serve us. 

We all move into survival at times, and the goal is to help find ways to get out of it. Here are a few ways to move out of survival:

  1. Be curious vs. sitting in judgment of the situation. This can be hard to do, so it is always helpful to have people around you who can help guide you out of judging and into curiosity. 
  2. If you don’t like what is happening, realize that you can begin to change it in a nanosecond by changing the question you are asking. For example:
    1. “Why is this happening?” may help you understand the problem, but it doesn’t move you out of the problem. If you change the question to “what needs to happen differently so I can solve this problem?” you naturally move into a solution mindset. 
  3. Find what is right about the situation and move from there. Building on what is right, regardless of how small that might be or of how it feels at the time, builds momentum towards the progress you are seeking. 
  4. Be open and talk through the challenge with those who can solve it, so everyone wins. Realize that most people want to be a part of a solution. 

The Lesson: Though thriving and surviving may be vastly different, you can move to thriving quickly if you change your mindset and actions.

Live All in, Renie

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About Renie

Renie Cavallari, the CEO of Aspire, RCI Institute, and an organizational anthropologist, has been speaking worldwide to groups from 15 to 5000 for over 25 years. Her dynamic, storytelling approach skips the fluff, and Aspire’s 96% client retention demonstrates her impact. Her expertise is in transforming results through people. She goes way beyond inspiration as her humorous, engaging, and proven performance improvement strategies have been transforming teams for decades. Renie has worked with thousands of leaders, uses real data, real-world situations, and provides practical action-oriented applications to help leaders shine. Renie’s 6th book, HEADTRASH, the Leading Killer of Human Potential, is available on Amazon. For exclusive access to member-only resources, go to www.myheadtrash.com/vip. #DUMPHeadTrash

About Aspire

For over 25 years, Aspire, www.poweredbyaspire.com, is the execution and consulting arm of the RCI Institute, delivering customized training, leadership development services, and strategic cultural alignment to optimize individual and team performance. Known as a transformational-training company that delivers measurable performance improvement, Aspire develops people at all levels of an organization and has worked with thousands of companies worldwide. Aspire’s work is the incubator to the RCI Institute’s research, real-life practical applications, and modeling.

About RCI Institute

RCI, www.rciinstitute.com, is a real-life, practical applications research and learning lab focused on awakening human potential and igniting the human spirit to play all in. It creates research-based proprietary systems and tools around active thinking, People Technology™, and provides executive leadership coaching and certification that maximize leadership development potential.