Are you a Business Leader or Manager searching for inspiration?
Based on a Protected content research in USA only 30 % of People in USA loved or liked their work. What does this mean for the rest 70 %? This means frustration, waste of lives and lower productivity (recent study talks about more than Protected content USD per year). So what is the solution?
Steve Jobs said: "The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work .
The only way to do great work is to love what you do (passion). If you have not found it yet keep looking .Do not settle."
Passion is the number 1 attribute of success and fulfillment.
But Passion alone is not enough. Passion in order to deliver results needs to be supported from a number of key life principles/beliefs. The faster you learn and practice these principles/beliefs the earlier your life will be better, happier and you will be more fulfilled. The list below is not exhaustive and applies to both business and personal life. Especially for leaders, managers, professionals and all hard working people that are getting absorbed in their work and forget these key life principles their life is difficult to put it mildly:
1. Believe in yourself and accept responsibility for your life.
You really are capable of amazing things. The only thing that can get between you and your dreams is self-doubt. Don’t let that happen! Believe in yourself, and surround yourself with others who believe in you. When you accept responsibility, you assume complete control of your life and close the door on excuses. It’s a powerful state
2. Know what you can control
Everybody can control: His/hers words, actions, ideas, responses, behaviour, effort and mistakes.
Things outside of your control are: Other People’s actions, words, mistakes, feelings, ideas and behaviour. We can influence other People but we do not control them. Consequently act wisely and do not stress yourself unnecessarily.
3. You can change your mood or your performance anytime
If you want to change your mood or performance just change 2 things:
- Change the meaning you give to your situation and focus on something positive
- Change your Physiology. Change your body posture, start moving,....gives so much energy .
Both result in positive emotions that drive our new behaviours.
4. Do not make any assumptions
We have the tendency to make assumptions for everything. By making assumptions we believe that they are true. We are afraid to ask for clarification, we make assumptions and we believe we are right.
It is always better to ask questions than to make an assumption because assumptions set us up for stress and suffering.
How many times have you suffered because you made assumptions?
5. Make the choice to be happy.
The biggest part of being happy is to simply make up your mind to be a happy person. It is an inside choice and does not depend on events that happening outside of us. It’s not about circumstances, it’s about choice. You can just choose to be happy by designing the beliefs / rules of your life to be:
- Achievable to feel able to meet your values
- Easy to feel good
- Hard to feel bad
6. Let go of negative thoughts and negative people.
Don’t poison yourself by dwelling on negative thoughts. Your life reflects your dominant thought patterns, make yours positive. Like it or not, your attitude is susceptible to the dominant attitude of those around you. If they are negative, let them go and don’t look back.
7. Do not take anything personal.
This is a difficult one and it is based on the following truth: Everybody talking about you expresses only his own mind. Consequently whatever anybody says about you expresses only his/hers view and NOT YOU!. That is why you should never take anything personal.
8. Stop comparing with others
Comparison is futile as it does not make any sense to compare with others (everybody has his own life journey). You always have been and always will be your own best competitor. In a world where comparisons happen non-stop, it is difficult to look outside yourself and to ever be content with who you are. There's always someone who's a bit better.
The only solution is to reach inside and measure against what Warren Buffett calls your own internal yardstick. There is no more accurate measure for comparison than who you were yesterday, last week or last decade, when you were at your best.
9. Small steps for big changes
Small steps aren’t about limiting yourself from growing to large, too quick. It’s a matter of being able to start (especially with something you fear). It’s about growing momentum and putting yourself into a position where you know you can succeed. Many used to put way too many things on their to-do list, attempt to get everything done, and end up procrastinating because of how much there is to do. Break the monster down into bite sized pieces. Want to accomplish more? Start with just two of the most important things on your to do list.
10. Living in the present
You can learn a thing or two from a child. Their minds only fixate on the playground around them. They’re not thinking of their next homework assignment or what they cried about yesterday. They just do out and purely enjoy themselves in the moment: running, laughing and playing. Every moment that passes by you, is another moment that you can’t get back. It’s a moment that you could have seized. These moments pass us while our minds are somewhere else. You miss the interesting people around you, the beautiful environments, and most of all the life that you’re living. Living in the past does not create any value and living in the future creates anxiety. Only living in the present makes sense.
11. Invest time in others
How would it feel if you were sick in the hospital and not a single soul came to visit? Invest some of the time you have in caring for the people close and around you, even if it means sacrificing some personal time. Treasuring your relationships with your loved ones is something that should never be overlooked. You know the saying “Live like it’s the last day of your life”. You can only succeed in Life by inspiring and helping others. This is the fastest way.
12. Being Grateful for what you have to receive more
Being grateful and giving makes us all happy. Being happy we are more productive and create more value. When you create more value you start to create abundance.
Gratitude is the door to Abundance
Thank you very much and I welcome comments.
What do you think ?
Mike Mastroyiannis is a Business & Executive Coach and Consultant for among others Exponentially Disruptive Innovations. He has served as CEO of business units in Multinationals, founded or lead start ups and serves in advisory boards. He can be reached through LinkedIn or email at Protected content