Year: 2018



By Alex ‘Killer’ Kertesz

 This season I found myself in a book swap with one of our Cutters players. I am very excited when I find people who are interested in sharing knowledge with each other and swapping favourite books is a great way to share that knowledge with the insurance that it’s a worthwhile read. One of the books I had the pleasure of reading was a book titled ‘Useful Belief’ written by an Australian author by the name of Chris Helder.

This book presents an idea of useful belief, as it is appropriately titled. The concept of useful belief runs along the same track as positive psychology. Though similar, these two ideas have a divide. Positive psychology encourages us to find ways to interpret a lot of the things we experience in life as positives, even if they are good, bad, or neutral events. Even though there are moments in life that are outright negative! Useful belief though promotes us to use our thoughts to think about all life events in a useful way, a way that promotes us to believe that usefulness will come from these events. An example of useful belief is when you have a meeting you must go to and you cannot get out of it, rather than dwelling on the frustrations, believe that you love meetings and interacting with colleagues and you might be able to get a fantastic piece of advice that really helps your work. This concept is not new and can be very closely linked to age old ideas like having faith in fate and gratefulness.

Instead of interpreting events, particularly the bad moments in life, as negative, let us shift our mindsets to finding usefulness in the moment and being grateful that this moment can even exist for us. So next time you fall out of the apple tree, rather than being upset you have broken your leg, be grateful you had the ability to climb to the top to get the sweetest fruit; and find usefulness in this event because you needed to slow down for a while anyway.