By Kristopher Jones, founder and CEO of LSEO.com.
Success has different meanings for different people. Some people see success as dominating in the world of business, and others as constant laughter with your loved ones. Though everyone's meaning may be a bit different, one thing is for certain: Happiness fuels success.
But many business owners get so wrapped up in the day-to-day that they sometimes forget about happiness. And without happiness, reaching true success can be tough.
Throughout my years of success in the digital world, happiness was, and remains, a key component to my success. There have been times when the natural struggles of living life as a business owner caught up to me. But from modeling teachers like Tony Robbins and Richard Branson, I've been able to retain a positive mindset.
My main secret? Learning to not only embrace happiness, but also to sustain it and spread it across everything I do. With that said, here are three tips you can follow to help create this sort of happiness -- the type that will fuel success within not only your business, but also your personal life.
Apply the 20-Second Rule to Your Work
The 20-Second Rule was created by happiness guru Shawn Achor and discussed in depth in his best-selling book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work.
It evolved from pleasure: Achor could not find a way to motivate himself to learn to play guitar, something he always wanted to do. His guitar was only 20 seconds away from him, but those seconds to get the guitar out and practice were the problem. Achor's solution? Keep the guitar unpacked and nearby.
After doing this, he practiced for 21 days straight. Achor recommends deploying this rule to maximize "activation energy," which he uses to describe how you can positively influence your life by achieving things that make you happy and decreasing negative habits.
Make sure everything that can positively enforce happiness is within 20 seconds of reach, whether that's a guitar, a business book you're reading, or work that needs completion. In that same vein, keep all the negative things outside a 20-second grasp, such as junk food or whatever you don't need to complete at the moment.
Invest in Your Social Life, In and Out of the Office
In a study in the Happiness Advantage, Achor discovers that the only thing that differentiated the top 10 percent of happiest people from everyone else is the strength of their social relationships. Strong social relationships are key to running a successful business.
Successful business owners are always on the lookout to build stronger relationships with existing customers, and build new relationships through networking. It's also important to spend quality time with your team. Face-to-face interaction with team members can help create more energy, focus and passion for the product or services they produce.
I've seen this over and over at my business, where we encourage employees to have lunch together and participate in out-of-office activities, be it a fundraiser or a get-together on a Friday evening.
Share Random Acts of Kindness
How can a person truly be happy if they don't spread that feeling to others? Random acts of kindness are a direct route toward sharing your happiness. Smile and compliment others often.
At the end of every work day, I send an email to one of my team members complimenting them on a task they performed that day. I also randomly pick up lunch tabs for my employees. These actions help create stronger relationships, which in turn lead to a stronger office culture where less time is wasted.
Whether you know it or not, what you're thinking about has a powerful effect on your happiness. And when a person is happy, success comes much easier.
Try these tactics to further create happiness in your life, and see what a difference it makes, not only on you personally but also your business life. Remember that happiness does have a ripple effect: The happier you are, the same can be said of those around you.
Kristopher B. Jones is the founder and former president and CEO of Pepperjam (sold to eBay), managing partner of KBJ Capital (13 companies), and the founder and CEO of LSEO.com and APPEK Mobile Apps.