1 in 10 businesses will succeed.
One. In. Ten. That’s a huge failure rate when it comes to starting a business. The odds are already stacked against you. If you want to improve your chances of success at anything you do, you have one choice to make that will create a foundation on which all your successes can be built.
That choice is happiness.
Just ask Jane
She started a business just to start a business. She needed to pay the bills, so she opened network marketing site that everyone raved about (that’s how you get people to sign up under you, isn’t it?) because she believed she could make it.
Turns out, her heart wasn’t anywhere close to being in it. In fact, there was no passion for what she was doing at all.
So guess what happened to Jane’s business?
She made exactly 7 sales in 6 months, and only 2 of them weren’t to family.
She didn’t love what she was doing. She couldn’t find it in herself to push a product she wasn’t happy with. And she hated throwing those parties to help sell her products.
Jane got out of that biz. She didn’t succeed at it.
Because she wasn’t happy. She wasn’t happy with the business or herself.
Rebecca, on the other hand, was in love with her job. She got up every morning ready to tackle the day. Selling was her forte and nothing made her happier than closing deals.
Three months into it, Rebecca was named the regional director.
Because she was happy. She looked for new challenges, set new goals for herself, and each time she reached a goal? It piled on the confidence in herself that she could, in fact, win at the game she was playing.
Jane and Rebecca’s stories are typical. Jane’s solution should have been to look beyond her financial situation and dig deep into herself and a business she could fall in love with.
So many employees and business owners drag themselves out of bed to do the work they have to do to survive. They hit the snooze button so many times, the letters have worn off. They sit hunched over. They don’t give it their all. Why should they? Life sucks, right?
But then you have the others, who see what they have in front of them and appreciate it, are nurtured by it, and look forward to it. They rarely see the yucky side of things and are, therefore, rarely brought down by unfortunate events (like working a job they hate).
According to the research, people who are happier, are more productive and experience positive moods more often. This leads them to seek out opportunities for growth and challenge. If they don’t like their job, they work to find another. If they don’t the business they’re in, they work to open one they do.
But being happy isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. I’m not saying happy people don’t get sad, they do. Yet, the sadness passes on. Their happy lenses invariably take over and cast new visions in front of them, making them content again, showing them the potential in the situation they are in and themselves.
Find YOUR Happiness, Find Your Success
1. Let go of negativity in your life. Lose the people that don’t want to see you happy, the ones who are always bringing everyone else down in order to make themselves feel better.
2. Look for things to be grateful for. Don’t like the shirt you wore to work today? The guy in the street would give anything to have it since the one he’s wearing is filthy and riddled with holes because he doesn’t have a closet to keep his clothes in.
3. Appreciate people. You live your life in constant contact with society, look for the good in the each individual you meet.
4. When you’re down, acknowledge it. And move on. Don’t let the “down” keep you down for long.
5. See down times as opportunities for growth. You didn’t get a sale? Mope about it for 15 minutes, then figure out why. What will you do differently next time to ensure you close that deal?
Do what you have to do to find happiness, success will follow.
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