The Wise Leaders’ Way to Sustained Happiness, Growth, and Freedom

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It’s not market share, innovation, or strategy. It’s not earning per share, EBITDA, or another round of funding. It’s also not left-wing, right-wing, or centrist policies. Though it sounds like Sunday school treacle, we wise leaders know the way to sustained happiness, growth, and freedom. It is to help others achieve sustained happiness, growth, and freedom.

Simple.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: We know it because we’ve experienced the joy and profit of helping others be in any way more joyful and more profitable. If you haven’t yet, trust and try it.

 

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Your Most Important Work

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The signs pointing the way to happiness (and success) at work and in life are right here, in plain sight. So why do we all seem to struggle?

Though we all have seen these signs time and again (e.g. “do what you love,” “go for win-win,” or “set a compelling purpose”), we can only understand and apply them when we are feeling good, buzzing high. This is true for us as individuals and in our companies. It turns out, then, that our most important work is to raise our buzz and help others do the same.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Happiness Is…

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Despite what we may sometimes wish, happiness does not come from wiping out our problems.

We can’t wipe them out. Like ocean waves, life is full of problems and solutions that never stop coming. We become unhappy when we see ourselves battered by these waves and needing to struggle for solutions.

But we can change our perspective. We become happy when we see ourselves surfing atop the waves, relishing them, being quietly powerful, and watching the problems getting solved.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: From atop the waves, problems become much less big and important. Often they will sort themselves out with relatively little effort from us. Good reasons to be atop the waves, yes? How to get there? By raising our buzz, of course.

 

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Joy Ride

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The sages tell us that we will never be done; we will always find something else to achieve, do, or improve. They also say that there’s no need to worry because everything will work out fine.

What if we knew this was true? What if we were certain that we’d never be done and that everything would work out fine? After a pause, many respond that they’d be lighter, freer, happier. Hmm. So, why not go about as if these things were true?

You see, it’s never been about getting it right, making the grade, or ticking the boxes. It’s always about hitching to that ever-on joy and enjoying the ride

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Set goals, do stuff, make things happen? Sure! Worry about it? Nope.

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Paint a Picture

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Worry (or, more mildly, concern) binds us. It keeps us overly focused on avoiding what could go wrong. This limits the time and energy we need to have things go right.

The antidote is simple: spend more time envisioning what we want.

Try this: take just four minutes this morning to paint a picture in your mind of some result you really want. Make it rich in compelling, exciting details. Whenever bad-feeling worries, concerns, or “yeah, buts” show up, set them aside and return to the picture you are painting. You will likely notice that 1) you feel better than you did four minutes earlier and 2) getting the results you want will become easier.

Feel good, good leader.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: We can use this to improve our thinking and effectiveness for a project, goal, week, or day.

 

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Flawless Us

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Maybe it’s a cultural vestige: we seem to believe deep down that everyone is flawed, broken, and even unworthy. We also seem to think that some of us are more broken than others. And the mistakes we make are evidence of these deep flaws.

Yuck.

We can imagine a time when holding on to these ideas seemed good for everyone’s safety and salvation. Today, though, they just generate struggle, waste, and conflict; they run counter to our desire to be free, happy, and growing.

To succeed and lead, we’ll do much better to assume that we and others are whole and unbroken. Mistakes, under this world view, are merely experiments. Imagine the ROI we’ll get by releasing this potential.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Leading and Selling By The One Thing That Motivates Us All

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To lead and sell better, we want to know what motivates our teams and clients. Luckily, we can boil down anything anyone says they want to just one thing: happiness.

We get to happiness along typical pathways such as freedom, meaning, creativity, growth, connection, competence, and challenge. And we tend to mistake false proxies like title, revenue, salary, features, functions, or price for routes to happiness. (They are happy byproducts.)

We are not here to provide happiness for our teams and clients. We are here, via our leadership and sales, to help them see their pathways and how, working together via our organization and mission, we help each other progress toward more and more happiness.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Unconditional

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Most of us live our lives trying to make the world behave as we think it should. We think, “That person or this situation changing is what will make me happy.” Without thinking about it, we have given away happiness now for a form of happiness that may never arrive. We have set conditions on our happiness.

What’s the alternative? Unconditional happiness.

If we just scratch the surface, we can see that happiness is something available to us now, and now, and again now. Raising our buzz–feeling better–is always available to us. When we do raise our buzz, we will be happier. And, oddly, the world will find a way to change for the better without us having to struggle to make it so.

We do this for ourselves and for others. As leaders, it’s our job to show everyone else how this works.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Whistle While You Work

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We would be much happier, healthier, and wealthier if we gave up doing stuff today to make us happy tomorrow. Happiness is here, now, inside of us. Our task is to choose to let it out, to whistle while we work, and to feel good (or at least a wee bit better) now.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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