Happiness: Key to Productivity

To perform better you need to love what you do and have a positive thinking pattern that prompts you to act.

Happiness

How are happiness and productivity related? If you want to improve your productivity, you don’t need to go any further than your own mindset. It takes very little to have a happy life; everything is within you, in your way of thinking.

People who enjoy what they do are much more productive than those who have no passion for their work. Have you ever been so immersed in what you do that when you look up you discover that hours that seemed like minutes have passed? This enjoyable dive is key to productivity.

Happy people plan action, they don’t plan results.

A common quality shared by successful people is their awareness of the “ways of thinking” in their lives. Just as a path is formed by years of use, the “ways of thinking” force you to continue thinking in the same way that you have always done: with positivism.

The way you think is generally more important than what you think of itself. The characteristic that differentiates the good from the extraordinary, and the mediocre from the highly successful, is their ability to think of themselves as successful people on the road to greatness – regardless of your definition of greatness.

An important skill is to think without acting: Planning. Why do you want to be known? What do you want to do with your life? What is possible? Change starts with what you say to yourself and others. Change your vision and you will change your definition of what is possible. 

Listen carefully to what you say. Do you speak in a positive way? “We have faced worse situations than this, so we know we will come through and everything will end well.” Or in a negative way? “The sun is shining now, but the predictions say it will rain on the weekend.”

Here I share an exercise to determine how you are thinking now so that you know what is working and what needs to be updated. Answer these sentences honestly:

Life is…
Money is…
Goals are…
Work is…

The way you responded to them is a window into how you see the world. Below I share the responses I have received from people who have done the exercise:

  • Life is good / Life is difficult
  • Money is what I use to create opportunity / Money is the root of all evil
  • Goals are necessary to achieve more / Goals are fine, but I’m always too busy
  • Work is what I do to express myself / Work is never done

Do you have a perspective on any aspect of your life that is worth changing? Improving does not mean that you do something wrong from the beginning; rather, it indicates a movement toward something new and potentially better. I love this phrase by Benjamin Disraeli:

“Action doesn’t always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action”.

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