Does success really lead to happiness? I mean, before our shift to a healthier lifestyle, Courtney and I had stable jobs, a house, cars, a beautiful family, and dogs (lots of dogs). So, by most people’s standards, we should have been “happy”. But in all honesty, we were just going through the motions. It wasn’t until we started tackling our health goals together and focusing on growing physically, spiritually, and even mentally, that we started to truly feel happy. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t feel like “we’ve arrived”. In fact, we are now setting new targets to hit (and boy are these targets going to require hard work, determination, and a steady growth mindset).
In doing a deep dive into our experience, I’ve come to a few conclusions.
First…Success and happiness are two concepts that are often closely linked in our minds. We tend to believe that success brings happiness, and that if we work hard enough and achieve our milestones (or goals), we will finally be happy. However, the truth is that success doesn’t lead to happiness, but rather happiness leads to success.
Research shows that happy people are more productive, more creative, and more likely to achieve the milestones and goals they set. When we are happy, we are more optimistic, more resilient, and better able to cope with stress and challenges. This, in turn, makes us more successful in our personal and professional lives.
One reason why happiness leads to success is that it changes our mindset (Man Mitch! You’ve been posting a lot about “mindset” lately). When we are happy, we are more likely to adopt a growth mindset, which is the belief that we can learn and improve our abilities. This mindset leads to a willingness to take on challenges, learn from failures, and persist in the face of obstacles. This, in turn, leads to greater success.
Another reason why happiness leads to success is that it improves our relationships. Courtney and I can attest to that!!! Happy people are more likely to have positive relationships with others, and these relationships can be a source of support, encouragement, and opportunities. People are also more likely to want to work with happy people, which can lead to greater opportunities for success.
So, if you want to be successful, the key is not to focus solely on achieving your goals, but to focus on your happiness as well. By taking care of your emotional well-being, building positive relationships, and cultivating a growth mindset, you can increase your chances of success and achieve greater happiness at the same time.
Bottom Line Y’all…
Success doesn’t always lead to happiness, but happiness always leads to success. By prioritizing our emotional well-being, building positive relationships, and cultivating a growth mindset, we can increase our chances of success and achieve greater happiness in our personal and professional lives. Remember, happiness is not just a byproduct of success, but a key ingredient for it.
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