When it comes to your career, you probably dream of having happiness and success. Both are not easy to achieve simultaneously. You may be happy with what you do every day and you may do your very best at achieving results; however, sometimes success is hard to come by. On the other hand, you may be quite successful in your career, but at the same time you may be wishing you were spending your days doing something different.
What’s important to understand is that success doesn’t always lead to happiness. Individuals who are successful at reaching a goal find themselves reaching for another goal after that, and then another goal beyond the previous, and so on.
Here’s the bottom line: happiness needs to come first and foremost in our lives in order to succeed. When we put happiness first, all of our successes come naturally. Being happy in your career means you are dedicated to doing the best you can possibly do. That will lead to remarkable success.
So, try to put happiness before all else, and watch the success appear. I found some great tips from Brian Tracy in this video:
Generate Inner Happiness
- Be happy with what you do, or make a career change. Life is too short to be consistently unhappy at your workplace, and employees that are unhappy may not celebrate successes as well as their happy coworkers.
- Help others by lifting them up. Happiness is truly contagious, and think of how successful you would be if you knew you were making an impact on others.
- If making a career change is not an option, then try to do things that make you feel good. Help out a coworker by giving them advice or let them know you are available if they need anything.
- Make a list of positives about what you do. This may help you put things into a clearer perspective. While you are at it, make a list of the not-so-great things about your work and think of ways to make them more tolerable.
- If you currently are unhappy in your career, think about what would make you happy. Perhaps a total overhaul on your career may not be an option, but a transition to a different position in the company would help.
In addition to these career happiness tips, which can lead to success in anything you do, there are some other steps you can take that focus more on you and your well-being and help you unleash the power within.
Tip #1. Get to Know your Inner Self
Getting to know you, deep within, may take some thought. To help bring happiness to you, make a commitment to positivity. Take a look at mantras or quotations that you can really connect with and use them throughout the day. When you begin to feel down, lift yourself up by reading them or repeating them in your mind. This will become habitual with daily practice, which will allow happiness, and then success, to come naturally.
Tip #2. Create your Own Definition of Happiness
Make a list of things that make you happy in the workplace, and finish three sentences that begin with “Happiness is when… ” Try to stay focused on your happiness as it relates to your career and make these sentences come true at various times during your work day. You can even change the ending to the sentence each evening as you set your happiness goals for the following day.
Tip #3. Keep a Journal
For those of you that enjoy writing, even if it is just short pieces of text here and there, take time each night to write about three positive experiences you had at work. Think about how these positive experiences can carry over into your successful milestones. Writing will assist in self-reflection, and you will be able to go back and read previous positive experiences to help give yourself a natural mood-boost.
Tip #4. Stay Proactive
Career success requires you to stay proactive at what you are doing. It doesn’t matter which industry you choose, being on the cutting-edge is an advantage. You can improve your profession by going to career events or business seminars. You will learn new fresh information that can help you transform your life.
Tip #5. Say Thanks
In addition to writing about positivity, write three things you are thankful for in terms of your workday. These can be things coworkers have said to you, things that you have said to a coworker, any goals that have been met, or anything else that you are grateful for. There are so many small (and sometimes unnoticed) events that occur during the work day, and when you take time each evening and give thanks to these small events, your mind will begin to shift to a more optimistic mindset.
Each one of the above gives you the opportunity to reflect on your passing days and to appreciate the happenings and events. By thinking about your happiness, and how you are striving to meet the goal of staying positive, you will see that it will pay off in the end. It will pay off through the eyes of your coworkers, your customers, your supervisor, and, more importantly, your own self. With all of that, success will be right around the corner.