Twice in the past 24 hours, after I released a video about Handling Chronic Stress and Worry, I’ve received push back on the idea that reducing stress is a benefit. There are some who feel that stress and worry are a competitive advantage because they inject energy for growth. Is this a concern for you?
Are you Solving the Right Problem in Your Business?
The problem is never the problem. The problem is that you don’t know how to think about the problem.
– Dan Sullivan, Strategic Coach
I get that the real-world, rubber-meets-the-road problem you have in your business isn’t “you’re not happy enough.”
It’s probably more along the lines of:
- I need to make more money.
- I have to solve this personnel problem.
- There’s just too much work. I can’t get everything done.
- Growth has plateaued and I can’t get it started again.
- The business is fine, but I’m getting completely burned out. I don’t know if I can make it.
I’m not here to tell you those things aren’t problems. But I would suggest the solution may not be what you assume it is.The problem in your business may not be a thinking problem, it might be a feeling problem. Click To Tweet
At the root of almost every business activity I can think of are two core skills.
- Your ability to relate to others – in leadership, sales, prospecting, marketing, negotiations, customer service, and any other activity in your business that has you trying to communicate or influence others.
- Your ability to come up with solutions – Your product or service solves a problem for your market. You need to solve problems and challenges within your business. Even answering questions like, “What should my business be?” or “How do I grow this company?” require a strong ability to come up with the right solutions.
The foundation of both of those skills is good emotional health, of which happiness is a leading indicator.
I am not arguing that you should become happy and content and give up. This is confusing content for complacent.
The truth is, if you can build your businesses with happiness and joy, instead of worry and stress, the doors are opened to the power of passion, desire, and ambition, which are like rocket fuel for success.
Why do it the hard way?
As I promised in the video, here are a couple good articles I came across in preparing for this video.
- Defining Problems: The Most Important Business Skill You’ve Never Been Taught
- Are You Trying to Solve the Right Problem?
- Einstein’s Secret to Amazing Problem Solving (and 10 Specific Ways You Can Use It)
In this video I mentioned 10% Happier by Dan Harris which I’ve really been enjoying on Audible this week. I highly recommend it, especially if you are open to the principle of mindfulness and meditation, but somewhat put off by the airy-fairy stigma that sometimes surrounds the topic. If you would like to check it out, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link below.
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P.S. If you liked the tips provided in this episode you might also get value from my free report, 3 Steps to Increasing the Value of Your Time.