Strive not to be a success rather to be of value – Albert Einstein
There is a widely held misconception that success offers the key to happiness. However surely lasting happiness is the only real success in life that matters, which makes real success impossible to attain without happiness.
Why…well if you’re anything like me, which you are, when I’m feeling in a low mood, or stressed, I become less focused, patient and understanding than when I’m in a happy state of mind.
Try it out for yourself and I’m sure you’ll see, that peak performance, one of the keys to success, isn’t possible when you’re feeling low. Your best work, whether it’s having a conversation with your spouse or kids, or writing a book isn’t as effective as when you’re in a high state of mind, which is what happiness is. Being happy doesn’t just feel good, it helps you produce your most inspired work. So forget putting the cart before the horse, hopefully you’re seeing why happiness is important for your success in life.
5 More Reasons Why Happiness is Important for Success
Happiness Leads to Insights
I am pretty sure you know the when you’re in turmoil or feeling at peace. Each of these experiences creates completely different worlds. When you’re feeling happy, there is a sense of contentment with life. You look for solutions rather than problems and it is this state of mind, which is best suited for creativity.
Unhappiness tends to obscure creativity and insights. So one of the keys to true success, is learning to be happy no matter what. This doesn’t mean you have to be bouncing off the ceilings all of the time, rather simply graciously accepting what is.
Happiness Helps You Perform at Your Best
When you’re feeling happy, you get out of your own way. There is no worry about what might happen or ruminating over past failures. You are right here, taking life as it comes. Whether you’re making a sales presentation or making love, the more present you are, the better results you’ll get and the more you’ll enjoy the experience.
Happiness Helps You See What’s Really Important
Have you ever spent day’s, weeks or even years doing something you believed to be important, then one day waking up and thinking what the hell am I doing this for?! I have. I spent years in a job I really didn’t like, with people I didn’t want to be with, doing something I didn’t enjoy – all because I didn’t know what I really wanted. Without this understanding I was running blind, hidden from who I was and the work I really wanted to do. When I started learning about happiness I got to see that the things I thought were important didn’t matter anymore.
Happiness will show you the way to what’s really important. Start by asking yourself what does happiness really mean to me and for me. Most men won’t ever ask themselves this question.
Happiness Helps You Through Difficult Times
You already know life isn’t always easy, in fact life can sometimes feel like bloody hard work! The more you learn about happiness, the easier the difficult times seem. Often during the tougher periods in business, marriage, friendships are when we give up, to perhaps later regretting quitting. Happiness leads to greater resilience, it helps you to traverse the rockier roads of life with more greater wisdom.
Happiness Leads to Greater Opportunities
Happy people as a general rule tend to make things happen, people want to know them. Happy people want to help out. They tend not to offer help to get something in return, rather out of a genuine interest in helping another person. Like Johnny Barnes says:
One of the greatest joys that can come to an individual is when you’re doing something, helping others
If you’re giving because you want something in return, you miss out on the joy of giving without conditions. The better you get at giving without expecting anything in return, paradoxically the more you’ll get. Being happy makes giving easy. Read Bob Burgs inspiring book The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, to explore the law of reciprocation further.
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