Be Happy, Then Be A Success

Within a span of two weeks, my dog was diagnosed with cancer, my father died, I got very sick and I moved from one home to another.

It was a hellish two weeks – one that tested my mindset and challenged my happiness.

And to be honest, I felt miserable – physically, mentally and emotionally.

And guess what happened with my business? Not a damn thing. I promoted a program with meager results. And here’s why:

I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t in the Vortex. I wasn’t in a positive place.

And when I sit back and reflect on those two weeks, I am reminded of something I learned from a book I read a few years ago – The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.

The idea of success coming before happiness is not the right formula. You can’t achieve success without first being happy in your life.

Be Happy, Then Be A Success

This is supported by other mindset thinkers and advocates, including Abraham-Hicks. The entire philosophy taught by Abraham is that you need to get in the “vortex” first, and then good things will happen.

Happiness first, then success.

It sounds like an easy formula, right? However, when you struggling with some aspect of your life, it can be hard to focus on being happy.

I’m proof of that: I wasn’t happy, and it showed in my business and marketing.

Hey, we can’t be happy all of the time. Shit happens in our lives. And I believe in acknowledging those feelings. But you can’t stay there. You can’t dwell. You have to reach for more positive emotions, especially if you want to succeed in your business.

So, when life throws you ugly curve balls – and you need to work on your business – find your happy spot first before you start the business stuff.

How do I get in my happy spot, my vortex? I actually have a list:

  • Listen to music (I have a special “Vortex” playlist on Spotify)
  • Make an inventory of what I am grateful for (in writing or just in my head)
  • Turn a negative thought into a positive one (“I don’t have enough money in my bank account to buy a pair of shoes” turns into “I am so grateful to have enough money to pay all my bills.”)
  • Read mindset quotations (I just started a Pinterest board to help me)
  • Watch Abraham-Hicks videos on their YouTube channel

Happiness first, then success.
Do you know exactly the activities you can do to put yourself in the Vortex?
If not, I recommend you do. Take out a sheet of paper and make a list of things that make you happy. Then put this list somewhere so you can access it whenever you need it.

That way, when you feel those icky, negative feelings coming in, you can reach for your list, get back in a positive mindset and then work on your business.

Happiness first, then success.

I’m rooting for you.

1 thought on “Be Happy, Then Be A Success

  1. Annelise

    I attended a great presentation at the Virginia SHRM conference last year entitled “Happiness Matters.” Dr. Rachel Brozenske, professor at UVA. The key elements of happiness at work at pleasure, flow, meaning and connections. She recommended we all have our happiness quick fixes. For me it’s “Call Me Maybe” by the US Olympic Swim team. What’s yours?


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