Happiness and success can often be a subjective issue, but regardless of how you define them, everyone wants to achieve them. If you are struggling to find success or find yourself frowning more than smiling, a few simple changes can make a drastic difference.
Geoffrey James, a contributing editor for Inc.com, has written many articles on success and happiness. In a recent post, he took all of his advice, consolidated it, and shares 57 tips anyone can implement to be happier and more successful. Here is just a sampling of his advice:
- Begin each day with expectation. Life usually lives up to our expectations, when we have them. So quit hoping and wishing, and start expecting!
- Breathe more deeply. This simple function of life not only calms you, but ensures your brain is working more efficiently. More oxygen = more productivity and focus.
- Define “failure” as “failing to take action.” This redefinition keeps you in control of your success, and helps identify what you should have done differently.
- Don’t take yourself seriously. Want to know a secret? You’re human too! And humans are prone to mistakes. Learn to laugh at your mistakes and get past them rather than dwell on them.
- Exercise your eyes. Staring at a screen for 8+ hours not only stresses your eyes, but can cause your eyesight to degenerate. So take frequent breaks, look away from the screen and stare at something in the hallway, across the room, out the window for at least 30 seconds.
- Make your goals pervasive. We give up on goals when we are not confronted by them, so post your goals EVERYWHERE! In your car, on the bathroom mirror, as your desktop background, etc.
- Never attend agenda-less meetings. Without an agenda, the meeting will take much longer than necessary and waste some of your time.
- Stop complaining about not having enough time. In the time you spent complaining, you could have been checking another item off your to-do list. You have the time, so learn to manage it.
- Think of rejections as stepping stones. Rejections happen, especially in sales. But each rejection is a chance to learn and take one more step toward success.
- Turn off computer alerts. Set specific times to check your emails, notifications, voicemail, etc. You’ll get more done without the constant distractions.
Big changes are difficult to make, but these simple ones can be implemented TODAY! So what are you waiting for?