Last week on Facebook, I saw this article about “15 Powerful Things Happy People Do” from the Purpose Fairy website, but I hadn’t had a chance to read it yet. As Joe and I were getting ready for bed and unwinding last night, he read it to me and we reflected a bit on the message and what we thought were the most important points that we could apply to our lives (and I could apply to the way I approach my business and blog). Here are a few of my favorite points and how they can apply to blogging and small businesses:
4. TRUST vs. DOUBT: “(Happy people) understand that beliefs become self-fulfilling prophecies”
I have been experiencing periods of doubt lately, which is silly and really a waste of effort. In terms of making a business or a blog succeed, even if it is a part-time venture, we can’t doubt ourselves. We must have the most faith in ourselves, after all, we are the ones that will make things happen. No one is going to lay the groundwork and put the effort in for you, so you better go forth with a tenacious spirit and really believe you can make something of yourself. This faith in yourself will propel you toward your goals and put those goals within reach.
8. SELFLESSNESS vs. SELFISHNESS. “(Happy people) look for ways to give and to share the best of themselves with the world and to make other people happy.”
Sure, we all have a few selfish justifications for why we started our blogs or businesses, but we are also trying to make a difference in other people’s lives. For instance, wardrobe consulting is something I am good at and can make money doing (selfish) but what is really driving me is that I am able to help others portray the best version of themselves. This is my selfless purpose (and it was really solidified after reading Jess Constable’s post on purpose last week).
10. DREAMING BIG vs. BEING REALISTIC. “(Happy people) don’t really care about being realistic. They love and dare to dream big, they always listen to their heart and intuition and the greatness of their accomplishments scares many of us.“
Often times lately, I have found myself being more of a realist about where my business/blog could go, rather than seeing all of the amazing possiblities available to me both in Cincinnati and on the internet. This ties in with #4 – don’t box yourself in. Sure, it is important to be realistic about some things, but don’t allow the realism to suffocate your ability to think big about your business or blog. For example, if you want to get 1,000 followers and now you only have 100, you might consider 1,000 followers to be your “big dream”, but it is definitely in reach. Use your realistic side to formulate a plan to get there!
I encourage you to take a look at the article and see how you might be able to change some habits in your life to take a more “Happy Person” and healthy approach to life, your blog, or your business.