The 7 C’s

It’s Spring – or at least it is trying to be Spring! I find this is a good time of year to pull the 7 C’s out of the closet and freshen up my thinking.

I started using different versions of the 7 C’s over 20 years ago when I read an article about Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book, FLOW: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Optimal experience is when people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. Csikszentmihalyi’s investigations revealed what makes experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow-a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to absolute absorption in an activity. During the “flow” period, a person feels confident, independent, competent, and a strong sense of capability. There is an extremely positive nature to “flow,” an optimistic willingness.


Consider the 7 C’s as stepping stones to achieving “flow” individually and as a family:

Definite Plans Bring Definite Results, Make Decisions

Make Room for What’s Coming, Release

Follow Through, Concentrate, Focus

Plan, Arrange, Prioritize, Create Order

Finish the Task at Hand, Close, Come Full Circle

Care, Nurture, Understand

Recognize your Unique Style, Generate Ideas, Try Something New

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