I recently read an article by University of Pennsylvania psychiatric Martin Seligman. The title? “Powerful Habits of Truly Happy People.” Folks, these habits relate directly to business leaders.
First, be intentional. The happiest people are those who make an effort to be happy. It’s a personal KPI for everyone. You should evaluate your level of happiness and make it a priority.
Here’s a surprise. Number two: Get enough sleep. Sleep directly impacts your mood, your focus and your self-control, all necessary elements of a successful leader.
Number three: Live in the moment. No amount of guilt can change the past and no anxiety is going to change the future. It’s impossible to be happy if you’re constantly somewhere else. Good or bad, embrace your reality right now this very moment.
Number four: Accept who you are. I can’t tell you how many leaders I’ve worked with who doubt themselves because of their past. Holding onto stress is a big negative contributor to your happiness and your health, and your success as a leader. Take your failures in stride. Learn to forgive yourself and move on.
Finally, have a growth mindset for yourself and your business as well. Leaders who believe they can improve and who work at improving both their business and themselves are mores satisfied and happy. Growth-minded leaders embrace challenge and change, and treat them both as opportunities to grow.
Be a learner and you’ll live a longer happier life. If I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call me.
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Jay W. Curry
Along with hosting “Texas Business Radio”, Jay is a Professional Certified Coach and Master Chair facilitating four Houston-based Vistage peer groups. In addition to being a best selling non-fiction author, the 2015 release of his award winning novel, Nixon and Dovey: the Legend Returns, adds novelist to his title. Jay holds a BS in Mathematics from Oklahoma State and an MS in Computer Science from Kansas State. You can learn more about Jay HERE.