29 Aug How to be Happy
What is Happiness
I was working with one of my clients recently to optimize his working experience. That sounds a little cold so let me explain what I mean in the real world.
This client, who is a facilitator and coach among other things, does upwards of 60 meetings every month. During the meetings themselves, he’s having a terrific time. He’s in a state we wound up calling being on stage. Whether the meeting was an actual presentation on a stage, an appearance in the media, a facilitation or a one-on-one meeting, he was having the time of his life! He loved being on-stage.
In fact, he loved being on stage so much that everything else was a let-down. Everything else was a waste of life.
Of course, there are plenty of different names for this state. Some people call it being in the zone. Some talk about peak performance. Others will talk about living your passion or feeling close to God. Whatever you call it, being in this optimal state is as close to being happy as most people experience. After all, what is happiness but being in your version of on stage?
This, then, is an article able finding your zone. It’s a business version of how to be happy.
Our challenge, then, was to maximise the time he spent in this optimal state and minimize everything else. We went through his business and found that he was spending large amounts of time doing the administration of his meetings. He was spending time booking the meetings, confirming the meetings and moving things around on a piece of paper. He was also spending time invoicing his clients, working his calendar and generally messing about with details. And of course, he was spending his time in cars driving to and from these meetings.
It had to change. In order to maximise happy, something has to give.
Minimize Everything Else
And why was he doing this? He was spending his time doing admin because, like so many CEOs and entrepreneurs, he felt that he couldn’t afford an assistant. This assumption was so deeply buried in his subconscious that he hadn’t even realized it was there.
When I challenged that assumption, showing him how he could easily hire a terrific assistant for around $3-500 dollars per month, he actually didn’t believe me. His assumption was that he, like so many CEOs of medium and large companies, would need to hire a full time assistant at around $50-80,000 annually. This, he reasoned, was a cost he could not bear and so his subconscious rejected the idea and moved on.
Before I move on, I should say I’ve written a terrific little book on how we began to build his dynamic team called ‘The Entrepreneurial Toolkit’. By all means grab a copy through my web site. Of course, we started by hiring his lovely assistant who will take as many as 600-700 hours of work away from my client annually.
He is learning to delegate everything that doesn’t make him happy to his growing global dynamic team.
The Teacher Appears
Of course, you teach what you most need to learn. On my return from that engagement, I began to ask myself ‘Is there anything I can minimize to maximise my happy? Is there anything more I could be delegating to my own global dynamic team?’
I have, in turn, hired a new level of middle management for my own business. My project managers now manage the rest of my dynamic team. I love it, my clients love it and my team loves it. Everyone wins!
And it leaves me, in turn, to spend more of time in my own on-stage optimal state. Sometimes that means I’m actually on stage, since I love to speak. Sometimes it means I’m creating new content like this, which I haven’t had time to do in … years.
Everyone wins, right?
So my question to you is, what does your on-stage optimal state look like? What are the things you just love to do? What would it take to maximize your happy?
And hey – don’t be shy – answering my questions is what the comments section is for. Go to it!