3 Ways to Find Happiness While Building Success

 

It is a common mantra that “If I work enough hours I will get that promotion.  Once that day arrives, I will have time to do the things that make me happy.”  The challenge is that day never comes.  There is always another project, promotion, or raise in the future.  So we work longer and longer hours and miss more and more opportunities to be happy.  Which, without us realizing it, is hurting our chances for success.

 

Take a Time Out.  Find ways to be happy and successful.

 

  1. Get into Flow – One of our opportunities to be happiest at work is when we are so focused on a project or task that we lose track of time.
    1. Find a project or activity where you are confident in your abilities but it is still challenging for you.
    2. Turn off all distractions – e-mail reminders, texts, instant messages, and other interruptions.
    3. Work for 90 minutes without interruption and see how much you can get done.
    4. Then take 15 minutes to walk around and re-energize.

The key is to not work for 10 hours straight with 12 distractions per hour.  You leave work feeling tired without feeling like you accomplished anything.  Find Flow in 90 minute distraction free intervals.   You will be more productive and happier at the same time.

 

  1. Add Value – We are happier when we know our work makes a difference and matters to someone. But much of our work tends to be low value necessary evils. Things we do to make sure we don’t miss anything or because it is easier than tackling that big project that will require our full concentration and effort.
    1. In your role, what actions can you take that will add the most value to the company. What will make a difference for someone?  Make a list.
    2. Work on the top 3 every day.   Get the high value activities done early before you get lost in the mundane.
    3. Once you are confident you have added value and made a difference, then you can work on the mundane activities that are always nagging at you.

If you focus your time on adding value and making a difference you will be happier and more successful.

 

  1. Build Positive Relationships – Positive relationships are one of the biggest contributors to happiness.  Fortunately, they are also one of the keys to success.
    1. Spend times with friends and family.  It will provide a diversity of thoughts to help you solve problems more creatively as well as giving your mind a chance to rest and re-energize for better productivity later.
    2. Make friends at work – the resulting support systems will provide support when times are tough and will create inter-department networks that make implementing projects and ideas faster and easier.

Teamwork is a key to success and productivity and the social interactions will help you be happier.

 

Don’t skip over your opportunities for happiness.  Flow, adding value, and positive relationships will make you happier and more successful.

About 

My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

Why You Should Take a Break from Work to Exercise

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One of the big challenges we all face after deciding to exercise more is when will we have time? Work is always busy, and there is always more to do.  We are working so many hours that we barely have enough time for our family and personal life.  We are always tired and worn out when we go to bed and we get up just in time to get back to work.  Where does exercise fit into all this?

Well new research by Russell Clayton and colleagues, which is due out in the next issue of Human Resource Management, clearly concludes there is a positive relationship between exercise and work life balance.  Based on Clayton’s research, people who take the time to exercise feel more self-efficacy.  In other words they are confident they can get things done.   Completing a regular exercise routine, gives them proof that they are capable of handling bigger challenges, including getting major projects at work done and making time for a happy home life.

 “Research shows that physical exercise strengthens both the body and the brain! Exercise reduces stress and promotes the growth of new brain cells.” Marissa Toussaint

Exercise also makes you happier.  It gives you more energy. It also provides a mental and emotional break from your daily stress. It gives you time to think and process information. Babyak, Blumenthal and colleagues did several studies where they found exercise was more effective than Zoloft, an anti-depressant medication, in reducing the symptoms of depression. Exercise worked better in the short term, but it also turned out to be a more permanent and longer lasting solution than medication. Exercise improves your brain’s ability to process information. Overall exercise helps you think more clearly, feel more confident, and be more energetic, all of which help you be better at your job.

Studies have shown that exercise releases a hormone called peptide YY that suppresses your appetite. So exercise actually helps you eat less, which helps you be more disciplined about your diet, which provides more confidence, which helps improve happiness.

So take some time out of your busy schedule to exercise.  You will be able to get more done instead of less, and you will be happier and more successful.

About 

My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions – Schedule Prioritized “Me” Time

Rather than making three or more New Year’s resolutions that will be difficult to remember in 6 months, much less keep; try scheduling 15 minutes per day where you are the priority.

We all have the best intentions when we make our New Year’s resolutions.  They are often areas of our lives we have always wanted to address but never seem to find time for.  We are busy with the craziness of life moving from one urgent matter to the next. School, work, kids, bills, and fifty other commitments absorb our time and willpower.  Soon we look up and a whole year has gone by and we were just never able to get around to it.

So, instead of making lots of promises to ourselves about how this year will be different, schedule 15 minutes every morning where you are the priority. We can all find 15 minutes somewhere in our day.  For 15 minutes work on something that makes your life better.   If you want to go on a diet, then spend that 15 minutes creating a menu for the day or preparing your meals.   If you want to exercise more, spend that 15 minutes putting on some tennis shoes and walking down the block.  If you have a hobby you want to try, spend 15 minutes on the Internet buying supplies or finding a quiet place to work each morning.

The key is to recognize that you and your goals are a priority.  You deserve time to improve your life.  It is best to start early before your energy and will power get sucked up by all of your other commitments. Once you have successfully found 15 minutes every day for a month or more, you can extend it to 30 minutes or an hour.

You are important.  Prioritize time for yourself so you can connect happiness and success.

“As we are now living in an eternity, the time to be happy is today.” – Unknown