There is a big misconception held by companies and people that success leads to happiness. I often hear people say things like “Once I get the ________ (raise, promotion, house, car, etc), I’ll be happy. This way of thinking couldn’t be further from the truth and actually prevents people from living life to the fullest. But did you know that this thought process can actually impact your paycheck?
Science and research has proven that fulfillment and happiness are key ingredients to a successful career. Optimism fuels performance and achievement which, in turn allows us to advance monetarily. The studies show that our brain is hardwired to perform at their best when they are in a positive mindset. Its biological! Without getting all Mr. Goodbody on you, here are the facts:
- When we feel optimistic about our future, dopamine and serotonin are released in our brains which in turn heightens our sense of well-being. This allow us to more rapidly organize new information and become more skilled at problem solving.
- Conversely, when you focus on your problems it exhausts your energies and ability to work optimally. Low performing employees always lead to lower paychecks.
So it’s all about your inner paycheck. If you can create a life for yourself grounded in the things that make you happy it will lead to greater success.
Here are 4 keys to increase your inner paycheck:
- Keep Healthy– The most successful people understand the importance of keeping a healthy mind, body and spirit. Treat yourself to the gift of your own attention. Eat well, workout and meditate; they all increase optimal functioning.
- Stop Complaining- I knew a woman who always said she had issues. After we spoke a few times I asked her to slow down the pronunciation of the word ISSUE and break it down to IS U! Every time you complain, you reinforce a negative state of mind without offering a solution to the problem at hand. Instead, next time you feel frustrated, take a few deep breaths and try focusing on something positive.
- Journal- Take time every day to write down at least two positive experiences you had as well as gratitude. Include small moments of happiness and random acts of kindness. It is important you write it down so you can look back and remember all you have to be thankful for when life becomes difficult.
- Show Your Gratitude- Write a thank you card, pick up the phone, volunteer or send someone a book they would enjoy. One of the best ways to increase happiness is by reaching out and helping others.
Happiness is the key ingredient to increasing your “Inner Paycheck” which will lead to success in all areas of your life. If you allow yourself to feel positive, your brain will take care of the rest. You will see increases in productivity, resiliency and problem solving which in turn will lead to greater opportunities. If increasing your pay grade is your goal start with increasing your inner paycheck.
Share some of the ways you increase your inner paycheck.
Have you ever found yourself trying to perform an impossible juggling act between your work-life and home-life?
Ever spent your entire work day at the “top of your game,” only to be too tired to play games with your children when you get home?
Have you ever wondered how the person that seems to have it all is able to get work done, yet still have time for his family?
As a father of three wonderful children, I have also struggled with these same questions over the years. Continue reading “Work-Life Balance-7 Tips For The Productive Father”
Whether you are an Entrepreneur, CEO, Manager or line staff we all run into the issue of feeling like we don’t have “enough time.”
Not enough time to complete our work, spend time with our children or take part in the things we love.
I often work with people who tell me that there is not enough time in the day to complete the tasks at their jobs, home or both. This lack of perceived productivity will begin to cause anxiety and negatively affect the quality of our day. When you begin to feel like your not making any progress in your professional or personal life, it can be debilitating.
I’ve learned that the key to preventing this from happening is by STOPPING! Yes, stopping! Continue reading “STOP! It Can Be The Most Productive Thing You Do”
Over the past few weeks, I have been fortunate enough to get invited as a VIP guest to a couple of TEDx events in New York. It was an honor as well as a humbling experience to be a part of these great events.
I also recently teamed up with a couple of friends and attended a TEDxAmherst event with the dual purpose of networking and enjoying the day with them. For all of you who are unfamiliar with TED or TEDx, you can see what it’s about on TED.com. A quick heads up, TED is not a big giant talking Teddy Bear or a person. It is actually a global set of conferences focused on spreading innovative “ideas worth spreading.” TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Continue reading “3 Beliefs All Successful People Have… Takeaways From Tedx”
What is your Legacy? Each day as we wake up and go about our daily routines, we have an opportunity to leave our footprint on the world. Our legacy is a reflection of how our deeds and actions are remembered by those whose lives we’ve affected either directly or indirectly. The beauty of life is that we get to decide, by the actions we take, what our legacy will be. Here are a few principles that I have learned help create a legacy that I can be proud of:
- Persevere- Remember your current situation isn’t your destination. Never give up. Although you may be going through a rough patch either at work, home, or in a relationship, don’t allow this to define you. Stay true to your values and handle adversity with integrity. Doing so will keep your values consistent with your actions thus enhancing your legacy in the long run.
- Selfless Service/Help Someone- Contribute and give of yourself without expectation of being recognized or someone returning the favor. Whenever I have given of myself either as a mentor, friend or anonymous contributor, the reward for me comes from within. People who aren’t always looking for recognition or payback usually stand apart as extraordinary.
- Do More Than Expected- Always do your best and then some. One of the definitions of integrity, is what you do when no one is looking. It is easier to give 100% when things are going well, but what about during adversity? Do you work just as hard to make sure you are giving greatest effort and leaving a legacy of hard work and committment?
- Make Your Words Count- Be a person that steers clear of negative talk. This includes negative self talk as well as talking ill of others. Stay clear of gossip and when you say something mean it! Leave a legacy that you are a person who is true to their word.
- Laugh and Smile- The ability to laugh and make others feel good about your presence is a gift. Don’t take yourself so seriously, be able to laugh at yourself and your shortcomings. Maya Angelo once said “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people never forget how you made them feel!”. Couldn’t have said it any better.
- Take A Risk- Going through life always playing it safe will keep you in mediocrity. Take a risk in life, on a relationship, on your dream career. The benefits of following your passion will allow you to leave behind something you believed in.
- Give Others Credit– Say thank you to a job well done and include others in successes. This takes time, effort and trust to build and develop relationships. Great leaders can enroll others and celebrate successes with others as well. It takes a special leader to enjoy successes without having to take all the credit. Your work will speak for itself and the when others feel part of the success, your legacy grows exponentially.
Shannon L. Alder once stated “Carve Your Names On Hearts, Not Tombstones. A Legacy Is Etched Into The Minds Of Others, And The Stories They Tell About You.” So, how do you define your Legacy? What are the habits you live by that will build your legacy?