Last Update – December 29, 2014
Have you ever noticed that your very first interactions at the beginning of the day significantly impact the remainder of it? As an entrepreneur I learned very quickly that managing moments, interactions and people would play a significant role in my productivity, effectiveness and success.
Most importantly, it would impact my happiness. This is why I’ve found it necessary to reconcile happiness accounts often and assess my portfolio’s condition. This all starts with life’s intangibles on the balance sheet.
An Asset Called Happiness
The difference between our assets and liabilities yields net worth. One of the most important intangible, yet lucrative assets for startups and small businesses is happiness. When you feel as though it’s you against the world (and sometimes it will be), a mind set on being happy will help you get over and through every obstacle.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. – Thomas Jefferson
Have you ever been faced an onslaught of challenges at the crack of dawn? Or possibly, endured grating situations that appeared to be the culprit of perpetual setbacks? I refer to these as liabilities. By default, much of your business development is dependent upon how quickly and freely you are able and willing to balance your personal books, and turn these liabilities into assets. It starts with a daily process of renewal; restoration that begins with your mind.
Turn Liabilities into Assets
A significant skill set I’ve found to be most useful, is the ability to guard my mental space. By this I mean, development of a daily routine that is proactively focused on cultivating small wins and bearing in mind the long-term vision. It’s an unspoken truth that will get you past challenges, help you overcome setbacks and continue to win each and every day.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. — Lou Holtz
Increase Net Self-Worth
I am confident that “happiness” is more simplistic than “experts” make it out to be. Contrary to popular belief, happiness is not a feeling. And if so, you are in bondage to it. One minute you’re happy about your accomplishments in business and the next you aren’t. Development, both personally and professionally, is not fortified on feelings or whims.
Happiness is a decision – a daily dose of smiles that trickle down into your conduct and your business. Consequently, it’s essential to learn how to crack a smile each day and resolutely manage interactions to bend them to your will – your will to be happy!
Let’s face it. Happy leaders foster and cultivate happy organizations. A happy culture then filters down into happy customers. According to Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh in his best-selling book Delivering Happiness, Hsieh notes:
“Together, we had built a business that combined profits, passion, and purpose. And we knew that it wasn’t just about building a business. It was about building a lifestyle that was about delivering happiness to everyone, including ourselves.” — Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh
Get Happy Today
The question remains, are you delivering personal and professional happiness? Here are a few ideas, tips and strategies that can help you deliver happiness, increase your net worth and manage each moment like a champ:
1. Happy is as happy does.
Each morning immediately do something that makes you happy. Walk your dog, go for a brisk run, drink hot tea or listen to your favorite music. Write down three activities that make you happy and integrate them into your daily and weekly schedule.