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The 3 Keys to Happiness & Success



And, what’s Leadership got to do with it?

GUEST BLOG by Roxanne Kaufman Elliott, President of ProLaureate Ltd.

3 keys-resized-600Long ago in an ancient time, humankind was so abusive of the keys to happiness and success that the great elders and wise women of the time decided to take the keys away and hide them where no one could ever find them again.

But where?

The Leader of the Wise Women decided to call a meeting of the Council of Elders to discuss the hiding place. When they were all together she put the question to the group and asked for ideas and suggestions.

One of the more senior elders raised her hand and said, “Oh, Wise Leader, we should take the keys of happiness and success and bury them in the deepest, darkest depths of the Earth. No one would think to look there and if they did, it would be much too difficult to dig down and find them.”

The Wise Leader thought about this for a moment and then said, “thank you, but no, I don’t think they would remain hidden there. Human kind is very resourceful and will find a way to uncover them.”

Another of the council members raised her hand and said, “I know! Let’s hide the keys to happiness and success at the highest peak of the highest mountain in the world, for certainly, THIS is a place no man, woman or child could ever discover!”

But again, the wise leader said, “No, they will climb the mountain – they will find a way – and they will discover the secret.”

The next council member spoke up and said “then let’s bury the secret to happiness and success in the deepest part of the ocean where no one would dare to go – beneath the sea in a great, dark and bottomless cavern where no one would dare to look or attempt to go.”

The Wise Leader thought for a moment longer and then said, “thank you all for these ideas, but humankind is resourceful and I believe they will uncover each of those hiding places. But now I know where we can bury the keys to happiness and success where no one will ever find them. We will bury them deep in the heart of every person who walks the Earth… for surely, no one would think to look for them there.”

You already possess the keys to your happiness and success. The challenge is getting out of your own way long enough to discover them! And then, to actually begin to unlock your potential; to understand what real happiness and success mean to YOU; and then to start creating and setting a plan in motion to be and to have the best of what life has to ofer – on your terms.

“Success is the continual achievement of your own predetermined goals, stabilized by balance and purified by belief.”

compass indexHappiness & Success

You possess more internal ability than you will ever use. The biggest obstacles you face are the limitations you place in your own mind. Individuals are goal seekers by nature and you are at your happiest when you are working toward the accomplishment of goals that are related to your major purpose in life. True success comes from identifying goals in all areas of life that are important to you, and organizing your time and energy so that all these areas are given the right priority at the right time.

Achievement

Achievement has little regard for age, nationality, gender or station in life.

It bestows itself upon those who dare to aim their sights at noble targets, who move forward even though the winds of opposition try to push them back, who realize their purpose is far greater than any obstacle that may appear to stand in their way.

How we lead our lives determines our future and the future of those around us. You have the unlimited potential to reach new heights for yourself and for others to create… new products, new applications, new solutions, new organizations, new ideas, new and better relationships and even a new and better world.

Sounds like a tall order and a lot of work. It is.

But that’s ‘what leadership has to do with it’… it’s all about SELF Leadership and putting forth the effort to be the best we can be. The rewards are incredible and well worth the efort. It’s all about energizing YOU – the real, genuine, brilliant YOU.

So where do you start? You start by discovering the three keys that are already within you…

hand_drawing_a_to_b_400_clr_11972VISION ~ GOALS ~ ACTION

Do you have a personal and professional vision statement? Planning our lives, our careers, our futures, deserve at least as much energy as planning our next vacation. Yet, typically, we spend more time doing the latter than the former. Perhaps its time to create a vision for yourself – your statement of potential and your vision of the future.

What do happiness and success look like to you? Write them both down in great detail, in the first person, in the present tense – as if it is already real. This is your quest – it is your written painting of what the future will look like – what you aspire to become, do, create and achieve – both
personally and professionally. Begin everything with this end in mind, as this is the image by which everything else you do is measured.

Create your goals both short term and long term. Write them down. What do you need to accomplish to move you closer to your vision – today? This week? In a year?

Then, take action to fulfill those goals. Make a plan and work it. Write them down. Know what you need to do to move to the next step and the next and the next. Once you focus on what happiness and success mean to you, you will be on your way to achieving more of what you desire in less time.

“What lies behind us and what lies in front of us, pales in significance when compared to what lies within us.”

stepThe Art of Changing Yourself

“The art of changing yourself requires the substituting of new habits for old. You mold your character and your future by your thoughts and acts. You cannot climb uphill by thinking downhill thoughts. If your world is gloomy and hopeless, it is because you are gloomy and hopeless. You must change your mind to change your world. Make yourself do what needs to be done. Man alone, of all the creatures of this earth, is architect of his destiny.”

From Wilfred A. Peterson and his book, “The Art of Living”.

Article originally posted at http://free2bproject.org/the-three-keys-to-happiness-success/#comment-19 on July 10, 2013

 

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Help build workshop on “Leadership, Happiness and Project Success”


Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on a new interactive workshop called “Leadership, Happiness and Project Success”.  The good news is that a first draft is done.  🙂

Please help build an interactive workshop for you and your projects

The realistic news is that a draft is just a draft is just a draft.  This is why I want to reach out to you and ask you for your help refining this workshop for you and your projects. For this purpose please take a few minutes and read the syllabus of the workshop below and post your comments at the end of the page or contact me directly.

I can ensure that I will listen to every one of you and, of course, keep you in the loop.

LHS Venn DiagrammLeadership, Happiness and Project Success:
Igniting the spirit of success within you, your team and your community

Workshop Summary:

Project success is such an exciting, exhilarating and rewarding experience. Alas, most projects these days still fail.  This workshop presents two crucial ingredients for project success:  empowering leadership and happiness.  It explains and explores why and how leadership can help you grow successful projects by actively accounting for happiness on the individual, group, project and organizational levels.  You will learn how to find a clear focus of what you really want to achieve, create a strategy through principle centered leadership, resolve project issues and align your priorities for project success.

This is a highly interactive workshop.  This means that throughout the workshop you will have the chance to apply all covered principles in individual and group exercises, thus strengthening your new understandings.

Target Audience:

Individuals who are sincerely interested in finding new and transforming ways to project success. These can be individuals, project managers, project team members, line managers, line organizations, companies or social groups.

Group Size:      5 – 20 people (more can be arranged)

Duration:          2-3 days (shorter or longer duration can be arranged)

Location:           There should be sufficient space for the group, i.e., one large room and ideally several smaller rooms for breakouts. Offsite:  The best workshop experience can be achieved in an offsite location that allows the integration of outdoor activities into the program.

Preliminary Workshop Agenda

The workshop agenda can be customized to meet the special needs and interests of participants.  A sample agenda for a full workshop over 2-3 days may look as follows:

I. Find a clear focus of what you really want to achieve

  1. Introduction: The project and you
  2. Project management approaches for project success
  3. The MVP for project success: Motivation, Vision, Project(s)
  4. Develop a first MVP for the issue(s) at hand [breakout exercise]
  5. The happiness advantage
  6. Build a three-dimensional MVP [breakout exercises]
    1. 1st dimension:  What’s your personal MVP?
    2. 2nd dimension:  What is the MVP of your team?
    3. 3rd dimension:  Develop a compelling project MVP
  7. Review

II. Create a strategy through principle centered leadership

  1. Critical factors for project success
  2. The 5 project leadership principles
  3. Set up your project for success [breakout exercise]
  4. Build a prototype [breakout exercise]
  5. Continuous learning and performance
  6. Team and community building
  7. Review

III. Resolve conflicts and align your priorities

  1. Resolve any and all inner issues, fears and obstacles
  2. Align your priorities
  3. Practice holistic leadership
  4. Review: Align and prioritize your project(s) [optional breakout exercise]
  5. The meaning of empowering leadership, happiness and project success
  6. Next steps
  7. Closing

 

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A Project Success Formula

Project success is …

There a endless articles and books about project leadership (including my own, of course :-)) that explain why and how leadership is one of the key ingredients for success.  In my own book I outline five leadership principles for project success – building vision, nurture collaboration, promote performance, cultivate learning, ensure results.  There is one common denominator of these principles:  They all deal with individuals, people, teams.  In other words, project leadership and project success are not merely technical in nature.  They include a human element.  This must not be missing if your interested in success.

True leadership accounts for the core element in project teams: the human factor.  It is about us!

InspirationBut leadership is not so much about managing people, it is about inspiring individuals for a common cause and vision.  Without this inspiration it is difficult to unleash individual and group energy which again is key ingredient for creativity, innovation, productivity and happiness.  Having said this it is not sufficient to motivate individuals in your team.  You have dig deeper, find out what motivates them intrinsically.  Inspire them and empower them to unleash and use their energy for their own benefit and the benefit of the community we call project team.

Project success formula

Hence, we have to expand our project success formula and state: project leadership + inspiration = success.

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Project success does NOT make you happy


Project success is wonderful – we think, we believe, we are told.  But, does it make us happy? Of course, it does.  But, do we first need to achieve project success to become happy?  NO.  The opposite is the case.

Watch the video below to find out why:

Happiness comes first, success is a lovely collateral so to say.  This should make you wonder and challenge your belief and behavir that you have to work hard to achieve success.  In my own book I explain that project success is much more than the final deliverable of a project.  It is or ought to be an experience throughout your project life time; and it comes with happiness, your happiness.

So, are still working hard or do you choose to be happy and become and are successful?

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