From personal experience and working with coaching clients, I’ve learned that being successful in business means being happy in business. Yes, happy! Your business should put a smile on your face and pep in your step. Each morning should bring the excitement of doing what you love and being able to share that excitement with clients or customers.
Happy business owners are successful business owners! The emotional aspect of owning your business is as important as the physical aspect of business ownership. Success in business begins on the inside – in your heart and mind.
A report in the December 2005 issue of the American Psychological Association’s Psychological Bulletin, found that “Happy people are more likely than their less happy peers to have fulfilling marriages and relationships, high incomes, superior work performance, community involvement, robust health and even a long life.”
What does it take to be a happy, profitable and successful business owner? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Owning the right business –
This is a huge factor in determining business happiness and financial profitability. How do you know if you are in the right business?
• You go to work with a smile on your face
• You enjoy both the “ups and the downs” of business life
• You feel as if you are making a positive difference in the lives of others
• You believe what you are selling/sharing is of high quality and value
• Your day-to-day activities are challenging and rewarding
• Your business is profitable
• You have an overall feeling of pride and self-satisfaction.
The passion and satisfaction you express through your business often makes the difference between struggling to find new customers and attracting the ideal ones to you. Enthusiasm is contagious!
2. Having a workable plan for success –
If you could wave a magic wand of success over your business, what would success look like? How profitable do you see yourself? How many hours do you work each week? Where do you find new clients/customers? How well known, stable and profitable do you see your business in five years?
An important element to any workable and successful plan of action is to make sure the plan fits your personal and professional values, beliefs and lifestyle. Be perfectly clear about what you want to accomplish, why you want to accomplish it and how you’re going make your goals reality. A business plan is a blueprint and road map to business success.
3. Succeeding and growing personally, professionally and financially –
A happy business owner is not stagnant; she is constantly learning, growing and expanding her personal and professional vision for the future. When you grow yourself, your business grows also.
Growth comes from coming out of your comfort zone and expanding business expertise. Regularly allow yourself the time to learn new skills, work with knowledgeable mentors and seek out suggestions from other successful people in your field. It could take just one new professional skill or personal “aha” to propel you to the next success level.
4. Sharing the benefits of success –
Success, for many women in business, is the ability to share the benefits and rewards of their successes with family, friends and community. The personal and professional feeling of self-satisfaction and joy that comes with being able to share the rewards of your work becomes powerful inner motivation for even greater successes.
Winston Churchill summed up it up best by saying, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
5. Enjoying your successes –
All work and no play can make a woman entrepreneur tired, cranky and unhappy. Not fully acknowledging, appreciating and enjoying your successes can lead to personal and professional burnout.
How you choose to enjoy success is personal and can come in many forms: A day off at the spa, reading a good book without worrying about business, a long planned vacation with family, having lunch with friends, sleeping in on the weekend or even lounging in a long warm bubble bath. Success means feeding your mind, body and spirit with an appreciation for a job well done. Sit back, smile and enjoy the emotional and physical rewards of your successes.
The physical and emotional aspects of owning a business and working toward success are important elements to being a happy business owner. Success without personal, professional, spiritual and financial fulfillment can be hollow and uninspiring.
Being happy in your chosen business is a key element to succeeding and thriving in business. Doing business should put a smile on your face and a feeling of self-satisfaction in your heart. A happy business owner is a successful business owner!
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