What makes you feel happy and what makes you feel successful might not intersect for you right now – but what if they could?
How Do You Define Success and Happiness?
Success looks different whether you’re a gym owner in Smiths Falls, a stay-at-home mom, or a politician in urban Ottawa. Everyone will have their own version of what they want to accomplish in their life and what it looks like to be their best selves.
As for happiness, it’s also a fluid definition. Happiness that’s long term, that leads to a more fulfilling life, and a more successful life, is a life in which you’re taking good care of yourself and good care of others. The results of both of those things really go a long way.
Have you defined what success and happiness are for you?
One Fuels the Other
There’s this common misconception among entrepreneurs and other driven people, that in order to be successful we have to postpone our happiness. But research shows if we take care of our well-being first, we’ll be more successful in a number of different ways.
The thing about happiness and success is that, in order to achieve either of them, you need to work on both of them simultaneously. Maya Angelou once said, “success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
If you agree with Maya, this is what you need to do next. Figure out your own personal value proposition and do it with meraki.
Meraki [meh-rah-KEE] (v.): To do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put the essence of yourself into your work.
If you don’t know where to start, you can use this equation.
I help [who] do [what] by [how].
For me, I help small town startups and entrepreneurs realize the full potential of their businesses by offering modern, affordable, and intuitive online marketing services. That value prop right there makes me giddy – I help the kind of people I like, I do it in a way that is uniquely me, I am helping these people make money, not to mention it also brings in the $ on my side. Yay!
If you need help developing your personal value proposition, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to give you anything I can offer to point you in the right direction.
When will we achieve it?
It’s important to point out that as humans, we will never be satisfied. We will always be on journey to get to the next step – the trick is to strive for the pursuit of happiness with the mindset of happiness of the pursuit.
My friend, Coach Brian Paquette, co-owner of the awesome Smiths Falls Fitness Centre has really nailed down his equation for happiness and success. Since coming to Smiths Falls, I’ve been hugely inspired by his zeal for the town and love for making a Fitter Falls. His answer to my question, “why do you love what you do, where you do it, and for whom you do it” was no surprise:
Owning a business in a small town is sometimes rough, but it is always incredibly rewarding. You can truly make a difference and touch the lives of everyone in the community both directly and indirectly. Your message and your medium are not overshadowed by faceless global corporate mechanization. You really get to experience the family of ‘small towns.’
Like all families, we may not always get along, but we are there for each other when needed. Having a business in Smiths Falls allows us to be a valuable puzzle piece in the game of health and wellness. We have had our lives changed by so many members of the community and we do our best to reciprocate. To me, Smiths Falls is big enough to make a difference and just small enough to feel the truth. It takes a village . . .
Now, why do I love what I do?
My answer is 365.
That is how many days it took from the day we opened our business until we were forced to move to a a larger spot and take on partners to handle the avalanche of students and clients. That is how long it took for the people of this town to welcome me as one of their own. That is how many days I hear “Hey Coach!” shouted from car windows, neighbors and pedestrians. That is how long it took for me to be able to walk down the streets with my children at any hour and feel safe. That is how many days it took for me to build more incredible friends and family than I have ever had in my whole life.
That is how long it took for the town of Smiths Falls to dissolve the “big city” protective dome that had formed around me. You know the one, where waving, smiling or talking to a stranger is “faux pas” and uncomfortable. This town has been chemotherapy for me, getting rid of the idiotic social cancers I’d learned in communities that have grown far too removed and distant. Some people might love Smiths Falls for a certain landmark, a store, the architecture, the history. Not me. I love Smiths Falls for the real reason this town is sensational…..the people. 365