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Thank you so much

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As each year passes, the more I appreciate this quote from Steve Jobs:

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

So soon it will be time to put 2014 to rest.

This is a very important part to making 2015 happier and more productive. When you can look back with an honest eye about what went well and what didn’t go so well in your career in 2014 then you can more easily make 2015 better.

It’s the “measure and refine” system that I emphasize that you should incorporate into your life. It’s a more conscious way of living and working. You feel more and accept more and enjoy more of your work.

As more of you have purchased my Unlock Your Career Happiness guide, the more I see that it’s helping a lot of you work happier and get better results from your career and life. I’ve talked with quite a few of you about the guide and your careers. One call was scheduled for 20 minutes and it ran over an hour because we were having so much fun!

In these discussions,  a few themes keep popping up about how I can help you work happier. Many of you want more community help and group coaching. So if either of these concepts are something that interests you, please let me know.

I hope to create either an online community with support and/or a group coaching program. The decision depends on what you would prefer.

So if you need more help working happier by utilizing your passions, improving your focus, and leveraging your strengths, I would love to hear from you. Just fill out this short 5 minute survey so I can create something that will deliver a lot of value to you.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family. I enjoy Christmas, but the true spirit for me is helping others throughout the year. I want to help you even more in 2015, so just let me know how I can and I’ll make it happen.

You are a big reason I wake up with a smile on my face. I get to serve one of the best communities in the world. Thanks for supporting and sharing the Work Happy Now movement.

In 2015, I want to double the number of people I help to enjoy their work and make a bigger impact on others. So if you know anyone who is struggling to enjoy their work, please let them know about what we are doing here by forwarding them this email or sending them a link to one of my articles that has helped you in your career.

Thanks and happy holidays,
Karl Staib of Work Happy Now

P.S. You can fill out the 5 minute survey by click here to help me understand how to support you and your career in 2015. I understand if you don’t feel like it because I’ve sent a few of these over the past few months. Whether you decide to fill out the survey or not, I still am very thankful to have you in my community.

 

How to Be a Better Gift Receiver

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I was called out by my wife, again, for being a “bad gift receiver”. She is right. I need to be more grateful.

I got mildly upset because a Christmas gift we received last year was slightly different from the one that was on the list. Same thing, just a different brand. This gift was for my son, and he loved it, yet I’m still complaining about it 12 months later!

Yes, I hang my head in shame.

Have you ever done this?

I play it off as a joke, but the reality is I looked at the gift as a hindrance instead of what it was, a gift. A gift from a place of kindness and joy.

I want each gift to be perfectly tailored, but that’s impossible. Just the idea that someone is thinking of me or my son is all that should matter.

No one should have to be worried about giving me or my family a gift because I’m such an ungrateful nerd. People should be excited to give us a gift because of how excited and thankful we all will be.

I’m working on this, and my goal now is to replace every negative thought, right after I notice it, with two positive thoughts.

The reason I’m writing this is because I was recently given a business referral from a good friend. She asked yesterday what I thought of the email referral, and I was about to write back that it was wonderful, but a little too long.

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Then I stopped myself. She created this referral from a place of kindness and giving, and I was about to poo poo all over it with a “but” comment.

Then I heard my wife’s voice in my head about being a bad gift receiver, and I realized I could change that. So I wrote back:

Thank you so much! It was an amazing referral. Perfect!

You know what happened?

I felt so much happier after sending a positive thank you in response. My bad habits may die hard, but I’m not going down without a fight. My hope is that I live long enough to turn into a great gift receiver!

Importance of Gratitude

Your success and happiness depends on other people helping you, and the more grateful you choose to be, the more people will want to help you.

The key is knowing where you are making a mistake and creating “bad” feelings, and replacing a bad habit with a better habit that makes you – and other people – feel happier.

My Challenge to You

Pick just one habit you would like to create or improve. What would it be?

  • Start a meditation practice.
  • Be more thankful.
  • Go to bed earlier.

Then pick one super small way to practice over and over until you create a better, happier habit.

Another example: I wanted to start a meditation practice. I knew it would benefit my health and help make me happier. I was so right. I started with a 2 minute meditation practice after I finished up my work for the night and before I would watch my favorite show. Now I’m up to 10 minutes a night and I love it.

The key here is picking a time and place. You will be 90% more likely to build a positive habit if you are specific with when and how. If you can envision how you will accomplish the task then it’s easier to see yourself actually doing it, which means you won’t procrastinate. You’ll take action. Here is a cool article from Jenny Blake about creating magnetic personal project. When you start small, with a personal project, it can turn into something bigger. You never know.

What positive habit would you like to improve or add to your life that would make you happier?

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Being thankful is one of life’s greatest happiness habits you can add to your life and of course your career. The more appreciative I become the more successful my life seems to be. It’s like the age old question of “what came first the chicken or the egg?” When I listen to interviews like this […]

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Before we jump into the career happiness quiz there are so many different ways a career can turn from good to lousy. Some examples please! #1 Your boss walks up to you to find out about the status of a project. You feel rushed, embarrassed, and exhausted. Your first thought is where is the warning. […]

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1,000 Thank You’s a Day

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I was on my way to the grocery store and my favorite song was on the radio. As I was backing out of the driveway, it ended. I had a rough day. My normally calm demeanor snapped. I freaked out. I hit my steering wheel, yelled stuff I wasn’t proud of, and looked around to […]

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3 Greatest Questions You Can Ask Yourself to Unlock Your Happiness

Good Questions

A young man took his artwork to the local market. He set up his booth with his paintings of a blue horse. People liked his work, but he never sold much. Each week he would go back hoping for someone to fall in love with his work. One day one of his fellow artist friends […]

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Trying Out a New Community Perk

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I want to keep things fun and lively around Work Happy Now. As you know I love helping people work happier and build connections. It’s why I wake up in the morning. Well, that and coffee and a kiss from my amazing wife and my silly hearted son. Sometimes I get so caught up in […]

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How to Get Your Spark Back

Career Spark

One of the biggest mistakes people make is they stop attempting new challenges in their career. They coast and then start to hate their job. The key to getting the spark back in your career is to look at how you view your work. I had a client who lost her spark and couldn’t find […]

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30 Healthy Rewards to Boost Your Happiness

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Last week I was struggling to do a few simple tasks. I laid my head down on my desk and sighed. The two tasks weren’t a lot of fun, but I needed to get them done. So instead of forcing myself to do them I decided to take a kinder self-approach. If I finished the […]

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The Art of Making a Simple “To Do” Lists so You Get More Done

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You want to accomplish so much each week, but many times you feel behind. This feeling of not being able to keep up can get us all feeling a bit depressed. We really try hard, but we just aren’t able to keep up. Could it be that you feel behind because your expectations are too […]

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