According to Herman Cain, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and 2012 presidential candidate, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
A significant key to success and healthy living is enjoying yourself during the process of whatever you are trying to accomplish. Unfortunately, enjoyment is something that many people leave unattended. Now more than ever, people are having difficulty balancing their lives. Without even realizing it, people allow their ability to have fun become secondary at a time when it’s most necessary. Here are seven steps to start enjoying your journey right now.
1) Find a Healthy Balance
Enjoying the journey does not mean that you should stop setting goals or that you should swap your work ethic for leisure. It just means that a singular plan should not dictate your life. You can still live your life while pursuing your revenue-generating dreams if there is balance. Make a choice and make some changes. If you sincerely want to achieve your goals and enjoy life to the fullest, you must choose where (and how) to expend your energy judiciously.
2) Surrender Yourself to the Moment
Your daily routine is probably jam-packed with obligations and responsibilities because you must keep up with the fast-paced world. Slow down every so often and allow yourself to relax. It can take a toll on you to always be thinking about the future. Live in the now, enjoy the moment, and take in the things around you. Overthinking can do more harm than good. As Tony Robbins says on mental health, “Let fear be a counselor and not a jailor.”
3) Live Your Passion
Steve Jobs once said, “People with passion can change the world. You’ve got to find what you love. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Make sure that what you are setting out to do is what you genuinely enjoy. The journey of success is more rewarding when you can love every step along the way.
4) Inspire Others
Research says that students learn more when they are expected to teach others. They also say that teachers are the best learners. So, if you pursue your passion intending to teach others, you are challenging yourself to do your job more efficiently. Not only will you spread the good of your knowledge to others, but you will also be bettering yourself in the process. There is no feeling like being a benefit to those around you and changing lives.
5) Optimize Your Environment
Your environment plays a more significant part in your life than you might think. It can influence your mood, impact your behavior and motivation, encourage (or discourage) interactions, and create or reduce stress. Take proactive measures to ensure that your environment makes you feel comfortable and fosters a deep sense that you can do amazing things. If your surroundings slow you down instead of rev you up, a few simple changes can completely change your outlook and the way you work.
6) Be Social
Humans are naturally social creatures, and connections are essential to success in virtually every professional life aspect. Spend time improving relationships with coworkers, networking for further opportunities and clients, all the while developing friendships with people who have similar goals and aspirations. Being social can get you out of a mental funk, inspire new ideas, and give you a break from the words and numbers you face all day.
7) Map Out Your Success
Don’t get discouraged because you aren’t hitting all your goals at once. Success takes time, and you must learn to celebrate the little victories along the way because they matter! Set short term goals and allow yourself to enjoy the relief of each one you reach along the way. Experiencing the euphoria of success is not limited to achieving your ultimate goal; every step counts, and every moment matters as much as the final result.
If you find yourself caught in the thought process, “I’ll enjoy myself when I get the job done,” you will never achieve peace. Make a conscious decision to enjoy yourself and celebrate your journey right now. The journey to your goal is the part that you will remember the most — the moments that will make you the proudest with the best stories to tell. You won’t remember the specifics of the bumps along the way as much as you will remember the way you pushed past them and made your dreams a reality. Find your balance, live in the moment, realize your passion, inspire others, create an inspiring environment, be social, and map out your journey.
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