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Looking for Bliss in All the Wrong Places

What is business bliss? You may have heard the expression, follow your bliss.

“Follow your Bliss.”

Joseph Campbell

For much of my business career, there was no business bliss, I was doing the opposite. I was driven to succeed in the business world. When I was a salesperson, my goal was the be the salesperson of the year.  When I was a business owner, my goal was to beat my competitors.

And for too long, I was hustling to make it and spent no time enjoying or appreciating life along the way. Once I hit my target goal, I felt that I would find happiness.

We all know what it feels like to have grandiose plans for the future. We dream of accomplishments and accolades, imagining the sense of joy and satisfaction that will come.  There is nothing wrong with these dreams, but when the dream manifests, are you able to be present with it and slow down enough to feel appreciation?

I was always on to the next thing, never really letting it soak in. Finally, after years of being in an anxious, rushed state of mind, I just wanted to feel good.

In recent years, I have been appreciating life at a slower pace.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the mountaintop experiences of hitting goals, winning awards, and healthy paychecks, but those feelings would soon dissipate and then it was back to grinding it out.

I still have goals and aspirations, but now I am more interested in being a creator, rather than hustling the next buck.

Almost everyone is familiar with the idea of finding bliss. The notion that if we just do what we love, everything will fall into place, and we’ll be happy has been popularized by books such as The Secret and preached by gurus like Oprah Winfrey. Is it really a secret?

What if you could find happiness in your work? What if you could uncover a hidden source of bliss that has been waiting for you all this time? Is it really possible to find hidden happiness in your career? I believe it is possible, but not in a pollyannish way.  Let’s face it some jobs suck.  But in some cases, it’s us, not the job that’s the problem.

What if I told you that the key to happiness and success in business was to move slower? That’s right, taking your time and being mindful can lead to a more productive and blissful work life. Contrary to popular belief, slowing down doesn’t mean you’re lazy or unambitious – it just means you’re strategic.

When you think about mindfulness, what comes to mind? Perhaps you imagine people sitting in silence with their eyes closed, or you picture someone meditating on a mountaintop. While both of these images capture aspects of mindfulness, they don’t tell the whole story.

Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment. And while this may seem like something that’s only relevant to personal life, mindfulness can also be useful in business.

We’re all feeling like life is accelerating. This rush is creating unwanted pressure, so people are looking for ways to cope, often turning to addictive substances to feel better.  

It’s more important than ever to take a step back and focus on the present. For businesspeople, mindfulness can be a powerful tool to help you stay centered and focused in the midst of chaos. Practicing techniques like meditation can help you achieve this. Consider incorporating meditation into your daily routine. You won’t regret it!

Here are four reasons why moving at a slow pace can help your career.

  1. Improved decision-making skills.
  2. Increased productivity.
  3. Reduced stress levels.
  4. See the bigger picture.

There is a new approach to goal setting, one that doesn’t involve focusing on the end result but instead on the process. This is the concept of mindfulness, and it can be applied to goal setting to create amazing results.

When you think about mindfulness, what comes to mind? For many people, it’s a spiritual concept that has nothing to do with business. However, mindfulness can be a powerful tool for success in the world of commerce.

Practicing mindfulness in business helps remove the mental chatter and focus on our tasks. Instead of rushing, take a break. Practice taking a few slow deep breaths and observe how your body feels at the moment. Imagine yourself outside your body, observing your harried state of mind.  This will help you become more aware and break the hectic work trance.  You can do this at your desk or slip away for 10 minutes, so you’re not distracted.

  • You can practice mindfulness on your way to work.
  • On your way home, you can reflect on the day.
  • In meetings, practice being aware and present.
  • Try different breathing techniques until you find one that works for you.
  • Quiet your mind and be the observer of your thoughts and feelings.
  • Self-hypnosis can help improve your meditation practice.

The peaceful, blissful state is within us, we just have to slow down to realize it.

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