The following post is from motivational speaker, Steve Rizzo, who will be a keynote speaker at CAI’s 2017 HR Management Conference: The Shifting Landscape | Rethinking Talent Organization & Culture.
Did you know that studies have shown that those who make conscious choices to enjoy themselves and laugh throughout the day are more
creative, productive and resilient to challenging situations? They are also more likely to easily find solutions to complex problems. In other words, focusing on your happiness makes you smarter. How smart are you?
The greatest benefit of genuinely enjoying the day is that you generate a massive amount of positive energy. It’s manifested in passion and enthusiasm, and both are very contagious. Put another way, enjoyment is the spark that ignites passion and enthusiasm. Read that again and remember it. C’mon, I said read it again!
I’m not claiming that by making a commitment to enjoy the day that you won’t be confronted by challenges. Of course, you will! There will always be obstacles of some kind to overcome. True, there will be times when chaos and negative forces surround you, but you don’t have to let them inside.
It may not be easy at first, but as you condition yourself to prepare for the day ahead with gratitude, joyful statements, positive visualization and by focusing on what’s working, rather than fixating on what isn’t working, you will notice that stressful outside forces don’t bother you as much. Ultimately what you are doing is creating the ability to bounce back and that’s an all-important life skill.
It comes down to this: the unexpected is waiting for you. Countless outside factors can make or ruin your day, many of which are not in your direct control. So, it makes sense to seize control of what you can – no matter whether you’re in an up or down period, remind yourself that true happiness (and inner peace) is your number one priority. And focusing on what makes you grateful puts you on the path to that happiness and the ability to enjoy the day. And that is exactly why you have to make the shift to start your day in a good mood and maintain your feelings of appreciation throughout.
Even one situation a day in which you are able to invoke your grateful feelings and choose to be happy in the moment can have a tremendous impact on your life. I don’t mean to suggest that you become the Dalai Lama, but if you do, please smile and bless the rest of us.
One last point (I promise), is the necessity to take action with passion and enthusiasm, instead of just going through the motions.
When times are tough, it is passion and enthusiasm that push you to go that extra mile. Passion and enthusiasm propel you into a zone where you feel confident, courageous and victorious. Failure is not an option and every mistake is viewed as a do-over. When something doesn’t turn out the way you planned, you don’t even consider defeat. You’re in such a high state of mind that you’ll find yourself saying, “Okay, that didn’t work. What do I have to do to turn this around? Who can I go to for help?” and,” I know I can do this!”
So, always nurture your passion and enthusiasm. Allow yourself to get excited about it. Feel it, sense it, smile about it and embrace it! Talk to it! Visualize your goals and dreams with it!
When you fervently hold on to your vision with passion and enthusiasm you will access s higher guidance system, which will lead you to a pathway of new circumstances, opportunities, and serendipitous events. Do whatever it takes to make sure that its flame is always burning. If you do, I promise that you will come to know what so many truly successful people have come to know: That passion and enthusiasm are forces that will take you to a better place in business and in life.
I’m repeating myself, I know, but I really want you to get this. (Plus, it’s my article and I’ll do what I want!) Enjoyment is the spark that ignites passion and enthusiasm. Remember that always.
In 2017, make a resolution to yourself. Learn the secrets to true happiness in your personal life and at work. Join 400+ HR executives, managers, professionals and company leaders at CAI’s HR Management Conference in Raleigh, NC, on March 8-9, 2017. My keynote presentation will be “Get Your Shift Together: How to Think, Laugh and Enjoy Your Way to Success in Business and Life.” I’m looking forward to meeting you!