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Want to be Really Happy?

Albert Schweitzer said: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

A beautiful statement…

When we lose ourselves in something because we’re “up to something big” to make a difference for someone else, that’s where true joy comes from. Alternatively, whenever we become very self-consumed—which, of course, is the norm for most of us on a daily basis—we begin to go into the “not enough” conversation. “No one’s appreciating me enough.” “No one’s loved me enough.” “No one’s given me enough instructions.” “No one’s supporting me enough.” “I’m not being congratulated enough.”

In that mind space, nothing great happens. Greatness happens when we realize  the true value that we offer. We are fed by the “intrinsic reward” of knowing that our work is purposeful and we’ve done something good for another human being. Impact on others is the ultimate reward and that’s where true joy comes from.

Take Yourself Lightly and Your Results Seriously

Most people take themselves way too seriously but don’t take their outcomes seriously enough. Here’s a thought: What if you took yourself lightly and took your outcomes seriously?

I’m serious about that. Too many people are way too uptight in the workplace. They’re unwilling to laugh at themselves. If you’re unwilling to laugh at yourself, how are you ever going to get through all the challenges in the workplace?

I have a client CEO who said to me one time: “If something really awful hasn’t happened by Friday at four o’clock, I go home before it does.” Well, that’s how it is in the workplace—things go wrong, things are challenging, things can go badly.

So, if you take yourself too seriously, if you let those things get to you, work will be hard and joy will be minimal. But if instead, you decide “hmm, those things happened” and your  motto is “and then that happened, I’m getting on with it”—that’s taking yourself lightly. By simply letting go of the bad things that happened, after getting the lesson, you will reset faster and get much better results quickly. And, you’ll have a lot more joy…

Abundance Consciousness

Everywhere around us is abundance. There’s an abundance of sunshine. There’s an abundance of air. There’s also an abundance of time and money, but those are the two things where people choose a mindset of scarcity.  

I get it. I’ve been there. But, I no longer believe there is a scarcity of time or money anymore. We all have the same amount of time. Twenty-four hours in a day, seven days a week. It doesn’t matter where you live or what position you’re in, you still have exactly what every other person on this planet has.

So, to say the words “I don’t have enough time” is simply to reveal your mindset. What you’re saying is: “I live in scarcity and I will find other ways to be in scarcity.”

When instead you are constantly saying “I have exactly the right amount of time. I have exactly the right amount of information I need to accomplish,” and you get busy doing your work with that mindset, you’re coming from an abundance standpoint.

Choose an abundance viewpoint with every project you take on, and you will likely notice that you suddenly will have some more time and money.

How to Love Your Job

It is a national phenomenon that people are talking about on social media all the time: people don’t like their jobs. If you look at the national statistics, it’s atrocious! Between 80% and 90% of people, depending on the study, will say they don’t like their jobs.

Well here’s the bad news: If you don’t like this job, you’re probably not going to like the next one, or the one after that, or the one after that. Because it’s not about the having perfect conditions—conditions are never perfect. You’ll never have the perfect manager, the perfect co-workers, or the perfect job. Instead, engagement comes from within.

When you decide to love your job, when you decide to be selfless, when you decide to go all in—it’s a decision that causes you to love your job.

Don’t believe it? Try it for a week. See how you feel.

I promise you, if you go all in—become selfless, decide to make an impact on those around you, and decide not to complain about what is but instead create what could be—at the end of the week, you will be saying these words: “I love my job.” Try it and have fun with it.

Win and Celebrate

How do you create a culture of celebration and accomplishment?

Most people think, as I did, that appreciation comes only from managers and leaders, and that’s where the responsibility lies. But the research is fascinating: It actually shows that when we have a culture where people appreciate each other throughout the organization, that’s actually more important to the culture than having the leadership and the managers doing the appreciating.

So, how do you step into celebrating your teammates—making sure that you’re high-fiving them as you walk by and making sure that they have their confidence built every day? Step in to be a celebrator and step in to be an appreciator. 

You’ll feel even more celebrated and appreciated yourself, simply by engaging in that act of kindness.