2 Paths to Greater Happiness and Success
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Posted by: Dr. Alan Zimmerman
Dr. Zimmerman's TUESDAY TIP:
"The number of times I
succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on
Dr. Alan Zimmerman's Personal
I've asked hundreds of thousands
of people what they want out of life, and the strange thing is ... I get one of
two answers from almost everyone. People say, "I just want to be
happy" or "I want to be successful." That's fine, but HOW
do you make sure you get those things? It will be the subject of my new
book coming out this year, "The Payoff Principle."
For the moment, let me give you
two brief answers to those questions.
1. Pump up your enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is important. No,
let me re-phrase that. Enthusiasm is crucial.
Indeed, some of the best minds and
most successful people in the world have said as much. Author and philosopher
Ralph Waldo Emerson observed that "Nothing great was ever achieved without
enthusiasm." Great things have always been accomplished with enthusiasm,
not apathy. And Charles Schwab, who started out as a laborer and finished
as the Chairman of the Board of Bethlehem Steel, noted, "A person can
succeed at anything for which there is enthusiasm."
In addition to being crucial in
your own life, enthusiasm is also one of the keys to successful leadership.
If you want more cooperation from others, you must have enthusiasm.
Your followers ... plain and simple ... will not get more excited about a
project than you are personally.
Your enthusiasm as a leader sets
the standard for everyone else's energy and commitment ... because enthusiasm
is contagious. Enthusiasm is a force that jumps from person to person like an
electrical spark. In fact, it is almost impossible to be exposed to
someone's enthusiasm for very long without catching some of it.
If enthusiasm is so critical to
your success and happiness, then you're probably wondering what is this dynamic
force. Literally speaking, the English word "enthusiasm" comes
from the Greek word "entheos," which means "filled with
God" or "full of life and spirit."
But I like to think of enthusiasm
as three dimensional: physical, mental, and spiritual. Physically, enthusiasm
is pure, rugged energy, not a sweet syrupy emotion that caves in when the difficult
times arrive. Mentally, enthusiasm is intellectual zeal and fervor, a
desire for growth, learning, and a better life. Spiritually, enthusiasm
is the boldness to believe that good balances out evil in life and that there
is something good to be found in every situation.
Of course, you may say,
"That's all well and good, but what if a person is not enthusiastic?"
What if you personally struggle with low self-esteem, a certain degree of
apathy, or an attitude of "another day, another dollar"?
The good news is you can
deliberately make yourself enthusiastic if you follow a few simple steps.
My book on "PIVOT: How One Turn In Attitude Can Lead To
Success" is filled with those steps and strategies. As Jan Hughes, an
Agency Field Support Specialist for one of the largest insurance companies in
the world, said, "I just finished a book study on 'PIVOT' in our office.
All I can say is ... Wow! That book spoke to so many of us!!
Thanks for your help! We look forward to seeing you in November!
We have you scheduled to speak at our Agents Conference."
And Samantha Brown writes,
"Just wanted to thank you for all your incredible work. A friend got me
hooked on your 'Tuesday Tips,' and I then purchased PIVOT. Both my husband and
I read it, and I can honestly say it changed our lives. I've recommended your
book to all of our family and friends!"
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"PIVOT: How One Turn In Attitude Can Lead To Success," it is
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So one way to grab more of the
happiness and success you want is to pump up your enthusiasm. But a
second way is just as powerful, and chances are you never thought about it.
2. Take more risks.
Everyone has a comfort zone, and
to some extent, everyone lives inside their comfort zone. People just
seem to do what is comfortable to do. So they stick with familiar faces
at a party, sit in the same place at church, go to coffee with the same people
at work, and do things "the way they've always done them."
Unfortunately, you will pay a
price when you spend too much of your life in comfort-zone living. When
you skip new adventures and bypass new learning experiences, you end up feeling
blah, bored, or unenthusiastic.
But the exciting thing about
stepping outside your comfort zone is that the payoff is always positive.
If you take a risk and the risk works out the way you had hoped it would,
you feel pumped up and enthusiastic. If the risk doesn't work out the way
you had hoped it would, you feel disappointed, of course, but you also feel
proud of yourself for having the courage to try.
So take more risks. That's
what Ben Hoover did. In fact, this very week Hoover wrote me, saying,
"I have been reading your 'Tuesday Tips' for years, and I have always tried
to follow your 'Action' at the end of each Tip. About a year ago I decided to
take a risk and step outside my comfort zone and write a short manual on
successful selling tips that I have found useful over the years in my career.
Last month I self-published a book on Amazon, 'Selling The Fly: A Fly
Fisherman's Guide To Sales, Customers, and How To Catch A Fish.' Thanks
for all you do and all the information, motivation and good advice you have
provided me over the years."
As you take more risks, I'm not
suggesting that you take stupid, dangerous risks just for the heck of it.
No, I'm suggesting that you take "positive" risks for
"positive" outcomes. Positive risk means that you try on some
new behaviors -- even though they may be uncomfortable -- because you know it's
right and good. A positive risk may be sharing your feelings of love,
even though you're not that "type" of person, because you know people
need to hear about your love. A positive risk may be trying out a new
lecture at school, even though the old one was okay, because you know there's a
difference between teaching for thirty years and teaching one year thirty
To take more positive risks, adopt
a "why not" attitude. If a good idea comes into your mind, say
"why not?" Why not go for it? As Senator Robert Kennedy
once said, "Some people see things as they are and say 'why?' I dream
things that never were and ask 'why not?'"
List two positive risks you will take this week and then do them.
What did you learn?
what will you do differently next time?
I would love to hear your comments and feedback. Join the conversation.
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speaker, Dr. Alan Zimmerman is focused on "transforming the people side of
business.” His keynotes and seminars are noted for high content, high energy,
and high involvement that transform people's lives and the companies where they
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