7 Things Happy People Choose to Do Every Day

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  • Quote: By: Kevyn Aucoin
  • Article: For me number 6 in this list is critical. Next to the reminder and call to CHOOSE, is to get involved. So much is said today about self focusing, finding inward completeness and etc, we loose track of the fact that, through service, the greatest sense of satisfaction and happiness flows. The article appeared in http://www.inc.com. Choose and look more outward than looking so much inward. As an example, think of the emphasis directed toward rediscovering the inner child. How much time does a child spend in retrospect looking inward versus simply choosing to go out and discover.

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Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.

The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’

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7 Things Happy People Choose to Do Every Day

BY BILL MURPHY JR. @BILLMURPHYJR

Science shows that you can have an impact on only 12 percent of the things that determine whether you’re happy. The happiest people among us understand that if you make the right choices, that small sliver is enough.

What separates the world’s happiest people from the rest of us?

About one-third of the U.S. population describes itself as “very happy,” according to the polling agency Harris Interactive–a higher number than I think many of us might expect.
These are the people in your office who are upbeat and eager no matter what unexpected challenges come their way, and the ones who seem to get genuinely excited over the smallest opportunities and kindnesses. They’re the folks in your social circles who endure hardship with smiles on their faces and who seem hard-wired always to look on the bright side.
Studies show that half of happiness is determined by genetics, and a little under 40 percent is governed by the impact of external events. You own the 12 percent of the package that’s left, however, and it turns out that the choices you make within that sliver make all the difference between being happy or not. Happier people realize this, and as a result they make seven key choices every day.
1. They choose to exercise. There are many happy people who aren’t in great physical shape, so how does this make sense? The explanation is that you need only seven minutes of exercise a day if you’re exercising for the sake of happiness. That’s enough to make your body release endorphins, the neurotransmitters responsible for that famous “runner’s high.” They might not even call it exercise, but happy people find at least a small period of time each day to devote to moving around.
2. They choose to spend time outside. Just 20 minutes a day outside is enough to elevate your level of happiness. You can even combine this with choice No. 1 and take your short exercise break outside. A simple walk at lunch or even a little time in the backyard, on the patio, or at a nearby park makes the difference. They might not even realize its impact on their happiness, but happy people make it a point to get outdoors.
3. They choose to focus on their families. Three-quarters of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center in 2010 said that their family was “the most important, most satisfying element of their lives,” according to a U.S. News report on the study. So, bury the hatchet with your brother-in-law and focus on your parents, children, or siblings if you want to be happier. Happy people might not always want to, but they find at least a few minutes every day (often much more) to do things to improve their family relationships.
4. They choose to make time for friends. Friends are the family we choose for ourselves, and at least some small amount of social time with them every day is necessary if you want to improve happiness. Even just checking in with friends for a few minutes on the phone or a 10-minute conversation or activity together can make a difference. If you’re truly among the busiest people among us, merge this with choices No. 1 and 2, and exercise outside together. Happy people might not always have as much time as they’d like, but they find a way to interact with friends.
5. They choose to find meaning in their work. It’s uniquely American in that work satisfaction can make or break our happiness, but as an entrepreneur, you probably think about this choice all the time: Part of happiness comes from using your gifts and talents every day to make some kind of difference. Happy people might not have found their dream job or their true calling–heck, they might not love their work–but they find a way to put their daily tasks in perspective and to take pride and joy from what they do.
6. They choose to contribute to their communities. Being part of a community gives you a sense of belonging and helps improve your sense of self-worth, even as you work to define who you truly are. Thus, every day, truly happy people find a way to share something with their broader communities–going beyond their families and groups of close friends. Happy people might be involved with professional associations, church groups, athletic organizations, or something else, but they make sure to find some way to share with them every day.
7. They choose to get enough sleep. It’s true: Lack of sleep will ruin your life. If you don’t get enough shuteye, you’ll be more likely to be irritable, your judgment gets impaired, and your libido suffers, all of which affect your overall happiness. Happy people might be no less busy than the rest of us, but they squeeze something else out of their lives if necessary. They give up television watching, Internet surfing, or simply worrying about things they can’t affect–and they choose to get at least seven or eight hours of sleep every day.

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10 Habits of Truly Successful Entrepreneurs

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  • Quote: By: Peter Drucker
  • ArticleInc. Magazine had a post of the following habits. Often we need to step back and refocus on what is important and adjust our course. These are great guidelines that can be incorporated into that need. I feel habit #9 is one well worth reinforcing. As we move along our responsibilities grow and we drift away from what we do best. Delegate our weaknesses then we can and focus on our strengths.http://www.inc.com/ss/jeff-haden/10-habits-truly-successful-entrepreneurs?slide=0

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’
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10 Habits of Truly Successful Entrepreneurs

Good entrepreneurs make money. Great entrepreneurs make serious money. But truly successful entrepreneurs do more than make money. They make a difference not just to their balance sheets but also in the lives of their employees, their customers, and their communities. See how many of these qualities you possess… and how many you can adopt.

1.They Find Happiness in the Success of Others

Great business teams win because their most talented members are willing to sacrifice to make others happy. Great teams are made up of employees who help each other, know their roles, set aside personal goals, and value team success over everything else. Where does that attitude come from? You. Every truly successful entrepreneur feels a major chunk of their happiness comes from enjoying the success of their employees and their customers. Do you?

2. They Focus on What Customers Need

I may want to build buggies. I may be an awesome buggy builder. Problem is, few people need buggies anymore. I’ll have to convince people buggies are a great idea. When you provide what people need you don’t have to convince anyone; you only have to build a product that meets that need. Then you won’t need to look for customers – they’ll look for you.

3. They Make Money So They Can Make More Things

I’ve never met a successful entrepreneur who said his or her primary goal was to get rich. Sure, wealth is on the list, but they’re more excited by the thought of doing something new, of making a difference, of creating opportunities for others – in short, they hope to build a company of significance. A company they’re proud of. A company that lasts.
Because when you do all those things, the money follows.

4. They Relentlessly Seek New Experiences

Novelty seeking—getting bored easily and throwing yourself into new pursuits or activities–gets a bad rap, often linked to gambling, drug abuse, attention deficit disorder, or leaping out of perfectly good airplanes without a parachute.
But novelty seeking is also one of the traits that keeps you healthy and happy and fosters personality growth as you age. So go ahead and embrace your inner novelty seeker. You’ll be healthier, you’ll have more friends, and you’ll be more satisfied with your life.

5. They Don’t Market. They Sell.

Marketing, at least the way I’ll define it here, is based on the old saw that people need to see an advertisement 6-10 times before they’ll act. Fine – but what startup can afford that slow-drip approach? Truly successful entrepreneurs focus on crafting direct advertising campaigns that work the first time. Successful entrepreneurs sell because they know you can’t book “exposure.” You can only book revenue — and revenue is what you need most.

6. They Prefer Bootstrapping

While statistics vary, the average startup raises somewhere around $75,000. While that may seem like a lot, don’t forget the average is skewed by startups that attract millions in financing. That means most companies are founded on the three Fs of financing: friends, family, and faith. What matters isn’t how much money you have – what matters is what you do with the resources you do have. And don’t forget most successful founders look back on their bootstrapping days and see that “us against the world” adventure as one of their fondest memories.

7. They Build a Company by Building a Team

A one-person company can never do more than one person can do. A one-person company can only make so many decisions, contact so many customers, deal with so many problems, have so many ideas. Truly successful entrepreneurs work to build a team of complementary experts as quickly as possible, because they know a good team will always beat a great individual – and that a great team will crush a great individual. And will have a lot more fun in the process.

8. They Cultivate Dignity and Respect

Providing employees with higher pay, better benefits, and greater opportunities is certainly important. But no level of pay and benefits can overcome damage to self-esteem and self-worth. The most important thing truly successful entrepreneurs provide employees, customers, vendors — everyone they meet — is dignity. And so should you, because when you do, everything else follows.

9. They Do More of What They Do Best

Another benefit of building a team is that it allows the founder to do a lot more of what she does best. Say you’re great at selling; why perform admin tasks when your time is better spent with customers? Or maybe you’re great at creating robust processes; why spend time creating marketing campaigns when you could be optimizing your distribution channel?
Every person has something they do that makes the biggest difference. Truly successful entrepreneurs find ways to do more of that… and less of everything else.

10. They Try to Prove Something to Themselves

Many people have a burning desire to prove other people wrong. That’s a great motivator. Truly successful entrepreneurs are driven by something deeper and more personal. True drive, commitment, and dedication springs from a desire to prove something to the most important person of all: You. (This photo is of Tenzing Norgay, who with Edmund Hillary was the first to summit Mt. Everest. When Norgay offered to take a summit photo of Hillary, Hillary said no. Proving to himself he could reach the top was apparently enough.)

 

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How to Rewire Your Brain

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  • Quote: By: Mahatma Gandhi

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“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
Mahatma Gandhi
The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’
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How to Rewire Your Brain for Success

The latest neuroscience suggests you can literally “edit” your memory. Here’s what this big breakthrough means for you.
The most recent edition of The New Yorker magazine contains an article about neuroscientists who study the way the brain retrieves memories. What they’ve found out is probably the most important breakthrough of all time in the field of success training.

How the Brain Remembers

Most people think about human memory as a videotape or computer memory.  When you remember something, you’re playing back the memory, which is vivid or vague depending on how good you are at remembering things.

It turns out that human memory isn’t like that at all.  When you remember something, your brain is “rewiring” the connections between neurons, literally changing the structure of your brain.

Rather than video playback, human memory is more like video editing.  When you remember something you are recreating, changing, and re-memorizing. The memory is subject to change every time you remember it.

According to the latest research, it’s possible to intentionally edit bad memories to remove the bad feelings associated with those memories. This new memory therapy is being used treat to PTSD sufferers.

What This Means to You

Your attitude and behavior–the two things that make you successful–are heavily influenced by your memories.

For example, if you’ve experienced a painful failure in the past, you’re more likely to avoid taking risks, even when they’re smart risks.

Similarly, if you’ve had successes in the past, you’re more likely to take actions to repeat those successes, if you have vivid positive memories about them.

The reason that this research is so important is that we now know that you can:

  1. Edit your bad memories so that they don’t hold you back.
  2. Edit your good memories so that they propel you forward.

In other words, you can literally rewire your brain to make you more successful.

How to Weaken Your Bad Memories

The method described in the article is almost exactly the same as a method that author and motivational speaker Anthony Robbins (of all people) has been training people to use for the past two decades.

To extract the poisonous fangs (as it were) of your bad memories, bring the memory into your mind, and then imagine it getting smaller and dimmer, like you’re watching a tiny black-and-white TV.

Now add details that scramble the memory.  For instance, if you’re remembering a time when you flubbed a presentation, turn the audience (the little bitty audience in the little bitty screen) so that they’re all wearing clown suits.

Do this five or 10 times and you’ll discover that the bad memory simply doesn’t sting any longer. If anything, the memory of that presentation will make you chuckle, because you have literally and physically rewired your brain.

How to Strengthen Your Good Memories

To make your good memories more powerful and motivating, you do the same thing in reverse.  You call the memory up as vividly as you can, on a huge IMAX, surround-sound screen.  Make it bright and loud.

Most importantly, insert or increase the wonderful feelings that you experienced in that situation.

Do this five or 10 times and you’ll discover that what was once just a happy memory is now a driving motivation.  The more you experience the memory, the more you’ll want to make it real again.

I’ve been using this method on and off for years, without really understanding why it works. Now that I know the neuroscience behind it, I’m going to make editing and improving my memories into a daily habit.

 

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