Work hard, become successful and then you will be happy. An old adage for sure, one that has moved from generation to generation. What if it was the other way round? What if happiness first led to success? That’s the premise for April’s book of the month.
So what can you do each day to add a little happiness to it? Since we are all different, not all of the following will work (although I’m sure you will find a few).
- Meditate—take time away from it all, go to a place that is quiet and bring your breathing back into focus.
- Visualize something you are looking forward to—a trip, a movie, any experience that is coming your way.
- Commit a conscious act of kindness—I have a habit when I go to lunch to look for two older ladies eating by themselves. Then I ask the waiter for the tab for their lunch. It feels great.
- Make your environment positive—it has a HUGE impact on your mental state. Put pictures of what you love to do near by. You have permission to day dream.
- Exercise—good for your body, mind and soul. If you need encouragement, join an adult fitness class to add a little social interaction with accountability
- Spend money on experiences, not stuff—invest your financial resources with people that are important to you.
- Do something you are great at—flex your talents. If you are good at golf, hit a bucket of balls.
We can talk strategy, tactic and implementation all day. To really hit your potential, your thoughts have to be right as well.
Whether you are a business owner/manager in North Carolina, Connecticut or Madagascar, sometimes controlling your perspective and your thoughts is the first step in getting what you need. OK, instead of sometimes make that all the time.