Joy is like a protein shake. it leaves you fuller, and stronger and nourishes the body. Happiness is like a Little Debbie cake, great for quick moments but will leave you craving even more sweets. It’s usually in these moments where we must make the choice between Debbie Cakes and protein shakes that are the hardest. We really must dissect where these desires come from and if they truly create joy for us or are just small moments of temporary happiness.
Deep down inside we must examine the driving factor of our decisions. I‘m not saying that the quick fixes or material things we want don’t matter, heck I’d shop at Saks Fifth every day if I could but I must ask myself “Do you like the Prada bag because YOU think it looks good or because you want people to say ‘I like your bag'”?. Sometimes our motivations for happiness are externally motivated and this is why we must be more focused on joy. The joy I’m talking about is a sustainable steady force that we can fall back on even in moments when we can’t be happy. Steady joy is contentment. Steady joy is intentional. Steady joy is peaceful. Steady joy operates from internal motivations. So here are some ways to sustain joy on your entrepreneurship journey
Create Unbreakable Habits
A routine, no matter what it is, is a commitment to yourself. Find 2-3 things to do in your day that keep you learning, moving, and spiritual. Learning- find books, podcasts, shows, or videos that encourage your skills and talents. Move- go for walks, work out, or put on headphones and just dance. Spirit- meditate, pray or get counseling from a therapist or advisor
Show Up For Yourself First
Take a firm stance on deciding who has access to you 24/7. Set your phone to do not disturb with emergency only, take a break from showing up to every event, say no to places that make you uncomfortable, leave early – do the needful if it means you won’t resent someone for taking up your time, energy or if you will be too exhausted to do anything else for yourself.
Choose Internal Silence Over External Angst
Look to the peace within for comfort. Every conflict isn’t yours to engage in, every battle isn’t yours to fight. Everything on the news isn’t meant to be responded to with anger. It’s not insensitive to control what you give your emotions to. It’s smart! Choose peace every time.
Your body is the temple of your business. How you feel physically will show up in your business behavior. When you sleep well, your brain activity can work through that course at a faster rate. If you exercise, you’ll have more energy to write that proposal. If you mediate, that email will sound less aggressive. Consume sunlight, water, and whole foods, and don’t forget to breathe
Choosing entrepreneurship doesn’t mean just focusing on the struggle and setback but on what we often take for granted. Take a longer look at the things you don’t lack. Do you have a roof over your head? A car to drive? Clean water? These are things we take for granted but if we open up our eyes to what’s around us, we’ll appreciate it and awaken