Building a better business in ten steps

Step 10: Keep your well of happiness full

This last step, of course, should not come last.  Rather it should be something that you focus on all the time. 

It’s step 10 here though so you’ll end this seminar focusing on yourself and what you love.  Just as the airline team tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others, you need to look after number one at all times.

What are the things that fill your ‘well of happiness’?  These are the activities that restore your energy and resilience levels and help you to face the challenges in business.  They might be flamenco dancing, yoga, or mountain-biking.  They might be reading books, walking in the forest, or meeting with friends for coffee. 

Most likely, they’re the things you just don’t have time for right now.

Of course you have the time; you have just as many hours in your day as Einstein or Helen Keller had – you are just choosing not to spend your time on these happiness activities.

Make a list of the activities that make you happy.  The things that you are putting off doing because you think you don’t have time.

Now make a commitment to yourself to spend at least one hour per day doing the things that you have listed.  Share that commitment to the person you have asked in step 7 to hold you to account.

Keep a log of every time you do these activities in your journal until they become an engrained habit.

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