Friday, August 11, 2017

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Find True Happiness: Here's a Hint, Make More Money Is Not on The List by Dr. Toya Wilson

What is happiness? Many entrepreneurs measure happiness by their level of accomplishments and achievements. However, research has shown that happiness is not achieved by obtaining a certain measure of success. Instead, it's actually the opposite. True lasting success is obtained as a result of living a life of intrinsic happiness.

Entrepreneurs have a tendency to buy into the 'I'll be happier when....' myth. Living in a current state of stress, and unfulfillment in hopes of a future payoff to come as a result of their sacrifice. Hiding behind the belief that money and success will bring them happiness. But, how many times have we seen interviews with celebrities and well-known public figures revealing their inner turmoil and the unhappy lives they led? If money and accomplishments were the measuring stick for true happiness, people like Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Phyllis Hyman would have been some of the happiest people on the planet. But, they are each clear examples that money and status are not what brings true happiness.

So if more money doesn't automatically equal happiness, then what can we as entrepreneurs do to have it all? How can we run successful businesses, have fulfilling personal relationships, and enjoy the fruits of our labor? I believe the answer is to adopt a balanced mind, body, spirit approach to life. This requires working on yourself with as much intent and care as we work on our businesses and to understand that we are the fuel that drives the business. If we're running on E, the business can not succeed and lasting happiness is not possible. But being happy right now isn't as easy as it may sound.

Here are 5 ways entrepreneurs can ensure personal happiness that excludes the pursuit of money

5. Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure you have at least 3 people who can serve as a positive and supportive voice when you need it.

4. Take time to assess your internal condition. Are on the verge of being depressed, exhausted, or overwhelmed? If so, take steps to bring yourself back into balance.

3. Take care of your body. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables. Drink water as often as possible. When your body is healthy the mind is happier

2. Contribute to something greater than yourself. Helping others in need is an amazing way to be internally happy. It also puts the Law of Reciprocity into action. The more you give, the more you and business will receive. (Please note: there's a wrong way and a right way to give. Giving from an empty cup causes stress and dysfunction. Giving from the overflow brings happiness and joy to all parties involved)

1. Be in the moment. Remember, every moment is always NOW. Tomorrow is a myth. Everyday is always today when it arrives. So stress yourself out tomorrow. Don't forgo joy now by having an 'I'll be happy when..." attitude. Live, laugh, and love in the present moment.

Learn more about Dr. Toya via her website at and follow her on Twitter @DrToyaK

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