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“Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses. If you have a happy company it will be invincible” Richard Branson
Sounds good doesn’t it? All you have to do to be invincible is be happy – so this means saying no to things that feel wrong, doing work that makes you smile, not working with clients that make you sad, outsourcing the stuff that you don’t enjoy, maybe redecorating your office, or even just buying a new mug to drink your tea out of – whatever it is that will make you happier in your business, do that.
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If you’re having a hard time deciding what to keep and what to deal with (or if you just want a fun exercise to help you feel happier about your business) then make a list about your business – things that make you happy on one side and things that don’t on the other. You might find it helpful to keep the list on your desk and then everytime you do something you can assign it to a column.
You can decide what to do with the stuff that doesn’t make you happy – do you NEED to do it? Who can do it instead? How can you make it more enjoyable? What is it about that thing that makes it go into that column? Is there a way to inject a bit more happiness into it?
The stuff that makes you happy you can see how invincible your business is. Hopefully this side will be longer than the other! Look how happy you are!
Finally, what can you do to make yourself even happier? Maybe you need to take more breaks, speak to people on the phone more than emailing them, hire a coach to help you get your oomph back, think about different ways of working, offer a membership site, run a Facebook group, send out more fun emails rather than newsy ones? There’s a lot of changes you could make.
In the comments: What makes you happy in your business?