Are you having fun in your business?

Happiness and success go hand in hand. You can be very successful financially. But if you’re not enjoying it, then true success is eluding you. Business becomes a well-rounded and balanced experience when we actually enjoy it.

It’s important for you to like what you do. The more you enjoy your business, the better. However, we often don’t enjoy our business as much as we can because of missing links in our perceptions and actions.

Remain grateful for your opportunity to be in business. When you take time to explore your situation and become truly grateful for the fact you’re alive, your reality begins to improve. As you take gratitude even further, you come to realize how wonderful it is to be in business, to have the team and customers you do and to face the situations and opportunities that lay before you. With this, you’ll enjoy your business like never before.

Create a clear vision for yourself and the business. Without a clear vision as to why you’re in business, it’s easy to become confused, lost, overwhelmed and discouraged. It’s also likely your team will feel the same way and the happiness and success of all will suffer. You don’t go on a trip without a plan, so why wouldn’t you create one for your business? By spending time considering what it is you actually want for your business, writing these things down and creating a clear vision, you’ll put yourself — and your company — on a focused path to greater happiness and success. With this clear vision in place, you can communicate to your team with the purpose of getting everyone on the same page about why all of you are spending so much

of your lives working together to do what you do.

Add in some much needed structure. Structure provides the necessary parameters to help you accomplish the vision you’ve created. These guidelines reduce chaos and confusion while increasing efficiency and effectiveness. Creating structure as to deadlines, how jobs are done and who handles what will create freedom for you and your business, not limitations. Structure creates a process in which tasks are handled in a consistent fashion. As your business runs more smoothly, everything becomes more enjoyable.

Consistently move in the direction of your vision. Effective and consistent action is a wonderful habit to develop in you and your team. Rather than the roller coaster of consistent and then inconsistent action where progress comes and goes, consistency allows your company to continually move forward toward your vision. You’re the leader in the development of consistent action. If you create this habit in your thoughts, actions and words first, then your team has a solid example to follow.

Surround yourself with people who are self-motivated and believe in your vision. Who you bring into your business matters greatly in the realization of your vision and achieving the happiness and success you desire. The strongest team members are those who have a positive attitude, are solution-oriented, self-motivated, self-accountable and believe in the vision you have for your company. If you want to have more fun running your business, it’s vital you hire people who create fewer limitations — and more opportunities — in accomplishing your goals.

Make time for your life outside of business. Your business is only one aspect of your life. You also have family, friends, personal interests and passions. For your business to be more fun, it’s wise to bring balance to your entire life. By not neglecting these important parts of your life as you work to make your vision for the business come to be, you’ll remain refreshed and energized so you can operate at a higher level.

Having more fun in your business is not a difficult thing to do. It simply takes desire and effort on your part to make it so. As I help business owners to become grateful, create a clear vision of what they want, add in structure, develop the habit of consistent and effective action, build powerful teams and engage their lives outside of their businesses to a greater degree, amazing things happen. They become happier and more successful, and doing business is more fun for everyone.