Last month we discussed The 5 Elements of Well-Being, or "What it takes to be Happy".
The main point of the topic was the search for balance & personal fulfillment. Specifically as an entrepreneur or while working from home to start a successful online business.
The most significant source of happiness or fulfillment for entrepreneurs is the sense of achievement. Challenging yourself, meeting a goal, etc. Experiencing achievement requires definitive action. Knowing where you are now, where you want to be, what the steps are between the two, and doing what it takes to get there...
A few days ago I received an email from John Reese. You may have read the same email if you're on his mailing list. He basically said you're not going to make any money coming up with ideas, making plans, or creating mindmaps & flowcharts. It's "doing stuff" that brings in the money.
His main message was: Stop Dreaming and Start Doing!
The fun part is the dreaming - coming up with ideas, planning them out to the last detail, imagining success and what your life will be like when you achieve your goals. The "doing" is the hard part, and where most people get stuck. Or quit.
You have to be persistent and consistent, and do the little un-fun steps that get you there. I wrote about this last year @ Taking Daily Action: Huge Goals, Little Steps.
Where I was. Where I am.
On this topic, I thought I'd give you a quick update on my happiness quest. You may recall from my original post that I was struggling. The "well-being finder" test puts you in one of three categories: suffering, struggling or thriving.
I barely made it into that middle category as you can see in the results:
We all know exactly where we are at any given time. But seeing the results in front of you can make a big difference. It makes them real, and gives you a specific point to work from to start making positive change. Which is exactly what I did.
I took that same well-being finder test again almost 6 weeks later, this time with dramatically different test results:
In my original post on this topic I pointed out that we are faced with hundreds of micro-choices every single day. That the results of those choices on all the days leading up to this one... have put us exactly where we are. It's empowering when you view it this way, versus a focus on the big picture, as it puts you back in control in very easy steps: simply making small & easy "right choices".
I increased my score in the Social, Physical and Community categories strategically. Intentionally. Because that's what it takes to improve your life - in any category: intentional action. Positive life change isn't just going to happen to you, even if you do achieve financial freedom. Which was proven in my original graph.
You have to be proactive about the things you want to change in your life. And you have to be both persistent and consistent about it. Nothing happens overnight. Though, as you can see by comparing the graphs above, dramatic change in 6 weeks... that's quite nice!
So what did I do different to change my results?
It was the small things. Small choices that had definitive results. Knowing where I was lacking was the key. From there I could choose to do things that contributed to my well-being in those categories of life.
I spent quality time with friends - on purpose (social). I reached out to my Dane organization and offered to foster (community). I started walking again, and eating better (physical). There were other things as well of course, but they were all small intentional choices.
And yes... I feel HAPPY
But let me just say. It wasn't the specific things that I did that made the biggest difference. It was the fact that I did them. Just taking action totally changes your mindset from "I'm struggling in this department" to "I'm working on this".
And that makes a HUGE difference. So much so, in fact, that I am sure that is what improved my score when I took the test again. My mindset - or where I was mentally & emotionally on those topics.
It's amazing what even a small sense of accomplishment, or a small dose of "happy", can do for you. It's encouraging. It's inspiring. It's motivating. And it's the base for exponential growth.
Where are you??
Nothing will change if you don't put the wheel in motion. You have to make the first move, then consistently move toward the results you want.
Luckily you can start small. Start with decisions and tasks you can do today, that take you where you want to be, and then continue to make the right choices and spend your time doing the right tasks... every single day after.
Take a moment to ask yourself where you are right now, and where you want to be. What one thing can you do today to start moving in that direction? Then do it!
It's less about the big picture - the ideas and planning and mindmaps. And more about the little tasks and seemingly small choices that you make every single day. Even every single hour. And you can start right now...
p.s. If you're ready to take serious action, and need help - and a mastermind group you can count on - you can join my Private Brainstorming Group. Just register at the ClickNewz Forum and then upgrade to Elite Member to join us.
Hope to see you there!