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Among his list of characteristics for success, Zig Ziglar wrote “knowing that you did a great job when you close the door to your office at the end of each workday and having a home and people to love who love you in return“.

Now we all know that one size doesn’t fit all and success and happiness means different things to different people. In my conversations with mentors, business people, clients, colleagues and friends, they have all made it very clear about what works for them and what doesn’t. However, I have found there is a common thread to what the happiest people say.

The list of course, could be extensive, but in a nutshell, I’m going to bring it down to what I have learnt over the years and what works for me.

1) Eat well, exercise regularly and get enough sleep

This is a theme I have found with nearly every successful person I have spoken with or researched. It’s said your body is a temple and that’s probably correct. On a more basic level, I would say it’s the only one you’ve got and you should treat it with great respect. Food, exercise and sleep fuel your mind and body every minute of every day. This combination lowers stress levels and importantly it ensures you can keep on doing the things you need to do – for yourself, your family, your business and your community.

2) Get Organised

A disorganised environment often indicates a disorganised mind. I worked with John McGrath, founder of McGrath Real Estate for some years. He is one of the most organised people I have ever met. He is very open about how organised he is at home and is the same at work. In his book You Inc he says “Nowadays speed is an increasingly important consideration on customers’ minds. A rapid response and follow-up to customer enquiries is a great way to set yourself apart from your competition. Speed comes from organisation“.

3) Walk your Talk

This comes in three parts, called the 3 Rs.

  • Respect Yourself – Look after your mind, body and spirit
  • Respect Others – Make sure every conversation (or action) preserves the dignity of the other person.
  • Take responsibility for your actions – If you do something wrong, step up and admit it as soon as possible.

4) Get a mentor

Mentors keep you on straight and narrow, help you stay motivated and accountable. They show you a different viewpoint on life and open your eyes to possibilities you may never have known were available. In short, they are and should be, an inspiration.

5) Surround yourself with people you trust and respect

I have been lucky enough to have known some amazing people who have taught me so much over the years. Siimon Reynolds, Wendy McCarthy and John McGrath are just a few of the very successful business people who I have worked with and respect immensely. I encourage you to find people who you admire and trust, model the things you like and spend as much time as possible with them while they are in your life.

6) Make a Difference

As Richard Branson said “If you aren’t making a positive difference to other people’s lives, then you shouldn’t be in business. Companies have a responsibility to make a difference in the world, for their staff, their customers – everyone.” This statement goes for your personal life as well. There is always someone less fortunate than you. Make a commitment to make a difference somewhere because you are the legacy you leave behind.

I’m interested to know what your favourite tip for Happiness and Success is.