Why am I always smiling?
Many people think it’s fake. The hate comments I receive online are super funny.
I’ve always been like this. I go around with a smile on my face. I laugh and joke with strangers. I think it’s essential.
I smile because it’s better than the alternative. Did you know entrepreneurs are more likely to be depressed, sullen and suicidal? Lifting great weight brings great pressure, which can smash down a person’s spirit if you don’t continually push back up.
The ever-present anxiety, frustration, and fear associated with building your own business lead to failure and death, which are the opposites of success and joy.
That’s why I feel it’s so important to always project energy, motivation, love, and happiness. If it’s what you give, it’s what you’ll get back.
The Little Things
How do you stay uplifted, happy and feeling awesome every day? I know it’s a cliche but focus on the little things.
Life is great. People are fun. I was reminded of this looking out my window at a man awkwardly trying to get his motorbike through a crowded street in Italy. It was one of the many funny human moments that make me smile.
The world is wonderful. Life is beautiful. It’s true even if you refuse to believe it.
You could say, “It’s easy for you to smile leaning out of the window of a hotel in Italy.”
But you can find joy wherever you are. Find a cloud, a flower, a laugh, a flavor, or a smell. Get that feeling and carry it with you.
Address the Bad
I’m not saying you’ll never find problems or ugliness. But when you do, don’t let the stink hang around. Address the problems directly. Have trouble with a friend or coworker? Explain your side, listen to them and move on.
Make a mistake? Identify what caused it and how to avoid it next time. It’s not failure. It’s feedback.
If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will. Before you convince anyone of your value, you must convince yourself.
Cloak yourself in positive energy and confidence. That is step one to success. With a dollar or a million, you’ll already feel like you’ve won.
Take that vibe with you, keep your eye on your goals and everything else will fall into place.
Your Goal Today
What are you up to today? Wherever you go, do it with a bigger smile than ever. Talk to someone you otherwise wouldn’t. Give a compliment. Make a joke.
Sit and look around. Pull out your earbuds and listen. In the next minute, can you find an example of the goodness in life?
I’m sure you can. It never takes long.
Spend some time tonight reflecting on the day. How do you feel? Are you a bit lighter? Are you still smiling?
How did other people act around you? Likely they returned your positivity. Did you make anyone else smile?
What if you did this every day? It becomes a habit. The habit becomes a lifestyle.
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