Over the past month or so, I have been working on my thoughts, emotions and attitude. If you have met me in person, you know I am quick to smile, pretty easy to get along with and good for a laugh. However, like most of us, I am not happy all of the time.
Truthfully, being an entrepreneur can be a lonely job, especially when you are working hard to get your message out to the world. And many times, loneliness and “efforting” can make me an unhappy person. Here’s the thing, though. I didn’t realize it until I read a book called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.
This is not a book I would have normally picked to read, but I was fortunate enough to have it as a book club selection. Fate must have brought us together because this book really illuminated the importance of happiness and success.
How many of you have had this thought: If I can make an extra $1000 a month, I will finally be happy. Or how about this one: I am working really hard now so I can retire early and really find my happiness.
The idea of success coming before happiness is not the right formula. You can’t achieve success without first being happy in your life. Happiness first, then 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. That’s where I am struggling at least (and I bet some of you are too).
That’s why I am making a conscious effort to be in tune with my emotions and determine if I need a jolt of positivity to keep me in the vortex. To help me along, I have identified some activities I can do to find a positive mindset:
1) Listen to music (I have a special “Vortex” playlist on Spotify)
2) Make an inventory of what I am grateful for (in writing or just in my head)
3) 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.”)
4) Read mindset quotations (I just started a Pinterest board to help me)
5) Watch Abraham-Hicks videos on their YouTube channel
What does all of this have to do with personal branding and marketing? Everything! If you don’t have a positive mindset, you will only get so far with your business. I want to challenge you to be mindful about your thoughts today. Are you thinking positive thoughts? What is your emotional state at any given time? If it’s not at its happiest, most joyful, then turn up the volume on your positivity. Think about what puts you in the vortex. Try it for a week and see how it affects your business. I will be curious to know what you’ve discovered, so please leave your comments below.
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