The Happy Factor
A couple of years ago I took a 90-Day personal development course that focused on three aspects of creating your ultimate life: Happiness, Health and Wealth.
I think so many times, when we get into the home business space, we become so focused on wealth (and health, if our company product falls into that category) that we forget about the most important factor of all:
“Oh but that’s why I am doing a home business… to be happier!”
Yeah… sure you are.
The summer before I took that course, if anyone had bothered to ask me if I was HAPPY with my life on a day-to-day basis, the answer would have been short and sweet: Yes, of course I am.
The thing is… no one has asked me that in years. It’s pretty obvious to anyone who observes my life on a day-to-day basis that I design it to fit the lifestyle I want to live:
I set my own schedule.
I make time for the things I want to do (horses, football, family, friends).
If something doesn’t interest or excite me, you can pretty well bet that I won’t be doing it.
For years now, I have been VERY protective of my personal time and space… allowing in only the things that fit within my very defined box of “the life I want to live.”
But here’s what I learned…
Like many entrepreneurs I tend to be a Type A Perfectionist. I’m also a people-pleaser… and by that I mean if someone has my respect, I want very much to NOT disappoint them.
For most of my life I have strived to not only meet, but exceed the expectations of others.
And quite frankly, it can be pretty exhausting.
So thanks in great part to what I learned in that course, I set my intentions and set out to learn how to become truly happy.
The first thing I learned is that happiness absolutely has to start on the inside. Your outer world is a direct reflection of your inner world, and when you learn to be happy on the inside you can maintain that happiness regardless of what outside factors are at play in your life.
I’m not saying you won’t have down days… absolutely you will… but those moments will not be able to touch the true happiness and fulfillment you carry on the inside, and they will pass quickly. The Bible calls us to practice joy in all circumstances, and learning how to pull your joy from who you are, what you believe and what you know, rather than what is going on around you is the easiest way to do this.
In addition to those core principles, here are a few other things I’ve learned over the last couple of years about happiness:
- Life is too short to constantly worry about what others think of you. Even people you love, respect and admire. You will NEVER please everyone… so you might as well quit trying right now.
- Not everyone is going to understand your passions… and that’s okay… do them anyway. God gave you certain talents and passions for a reason. To ignore them, or to put them off until a time when life is more “perfect” is doing Him quite the disservice.
- Take ownership of every single aspect of your life. Ownership = Control. And while I know it is impossible to control everything in life… and really, where would be the fun in that anyway… it is possible to take ownership of the different aspects of your life and tailor them to fit your own expectations and your own passions.
- At the end of the day, if you’re happy with you, that’s the most important thing.
- Doing each of these things ^^ frees you up to recognize and appreciate others who are living their life the same way. When you live authentically every single day, you can more easily appreciate others who are living their authentic life as well, even when (especially when) their version of authenticity does not match your own.
- Stop being your own worst critic. Allow yourself at least the same measure of compassion that you give to others.
- Practice gratitude. Every day.
- Take the time to REALLY discover your core values. I thought I had done this, but it turns out I was wrong. It’s likely that your core values do not exist on some list or assessment. Discover what they are, and you will discover WHO you are. Discover who you are, and your life will never be the same again.
- Make a conscious effort to live in accordance to your values every day.
So moving forward, as you go about building your wealth, don’t forget about your happiness and your health. Too many people go through life without ever being TRULY happy. And life is way too short to spend it being anything but happy.
Do you have any daily practices that help you live a happier, healthier, wealthier life? I’d love to hear them in the comments! Feel free to share this post if you found value from it!
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