27 Sep 10 tips that will change your life…for the better!
For more than a decade now, here at The Happiness Institute we've been saying that achieving happiness requires little more than practising a few simple disciplines each and every day.
You see, those small habits build up in to big results…like happiness and success and health and wellbeing.
You can read our approach to CHOOSE-ing happiness HERE in our free resources section but you can also read the article below that outlines 10 habits that will change your life for the better…
by Nelson Wang via news.com.au
SMALL things we do every day have a big impact on our lives, careers and happiness — often without us even realising.
While we’re all familiar with bad habits, users on Q&A site Quora wanted to know what positive habits had changed people’s lives.
Nelson Wang, a motivational blogger and founder of CEO Lifestyle, admitted he had suffered a number of setbacks in his career.
Here is how he bounced back:
WHAT HABITS HAVE CHANGED PEOPLE’S LIVES?
When I was 17, I was fired from my job as a tuxedo salesperson for missing a rotation. I was devastated. Guess what? I bounced back. I got accepted into a one-year training program at a Fortune 100 company shortly after that. Since then, I’ve built a 10-year career in technology at top tier companies including Cisco, VMware, Box and Optimizely.
When I was 18, I met with an agent in Los Angeles to talk about being a creative writer and actor in the entertainment industry. She said I had no chance. Then she told me to go look for another job. My dreams were shattered. Guess what? I bounced back. At the age of 26, I wrote a book, The Resume Is Dead, that went on to hit the #1 spot in the resumes category on Amazon Kindle and went on to accumulate over 40,000 Kindle Downloads and 66 reviews.
When I was 25, I wanted to make iPhone apps. Most people said I was crazy because I didn’t know any developers and designers. It’s true, I didn’t. So I started Googling “How to make iPhone apps” and found out that a lot of people were outsourcing development work through Upwork. I followed the playbook and ended up making nine iPhone apps, all of which … failed miserably. Guess what? I bounced back and kept building apps. Since then, I’ve had four apps hit the top 100 in different categories.
When I was 26, I interviewed for a director role at a Fortune 1000 company and was turned down. I was disappointed. Guess what? I bounced back and have my dream job now.
The question I’ve always wanted to answer was “How did I manage to bounce back?” Over the last 30 years of my life, I’ve come to realise that many times I’ve been able to get back on track because of one key principle: embracing habits that drive success. Whether it’s love, friendships or work, having the right habits in place can completely change your life. Along the way, I’ve taken mental notes on which key habits people should embrace and have compiled them below for you. I’ve never shared this list — until now.
Here’s the list of 10 habits that could take your life into the stratosphere of greatness:
1. USE THE 10 YEARS TEST
Make a mistake recently? Feeling worried about what might happen next?
I do. I make mistakes all the time. In college, I once flunked an economics course (not so good when you’re an economics major) and was really worried about my future. I could have dwelled on my mistake, but I didn’t. Instead, I use a neat little trick called the “10 years test” to prevent myself from stressing out. I asked myself, “Will this be a problem in 10 days? What about 10 weeks? What about 10 years?” Every time I ask that question, the answer is almost always no. This helps to identify what’s truly a big issue and what’s not.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
2. REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN
You spend 40+ hours at work every week. This means roughly 23.8 per cent of your time in life will be spent at work. If you’re going to spend that much time there, you should enjoy it! In one of the companies I used to work at, we would celebrate big wins by giving each other high fives, ringing a gong and congratulating each other. The energy was amazing! Having fun and being in a positive mood will motivate your co-workers.
Trust me on this one. Because you know what, awesomeness is contagious.
Sheryl Sandberg has a great quote on how important it is to be yourself at work:
“Motivation comes from working on things we care about, but it also comes from working with people we care about, and in order to care about someone you have to know them. You have to know what they love and hate, what they feel — not just what they think. If you want to win hearts and minds, you have to lead with your heart as well as your mind. I don’t believe we have a professional self from Mondays through Fridays and a real self the rest of the time. That kind of division probably never worked, but in today’s world it makes even less sense … It is all professional and it is all personal, all at the very same time.”
…keep reading the full & original article HERE