February has arrived and, as always, right in the middle is Valentine’s Day. For some a very exciting day and for others the very thought of it lowers your energy; how can you enjoy Valentine’s Day if you are not part of a “couple?”
Does one day show whether you are loved or not? Isn’t it an entire day, week, year or even a lifetime that shows how much you are loved?
Now you may already be asking yourself, “What does love have to do with business? I am reading this article for inspiration not to reflect on my love relationship.” Stay with me, it is all connected.
Valentine’s Day gives you an opportunity to reflect on your beliefs and personal power. Do you give your happiness away if your present life does not mirror what a dream Valentine’s Day would be? Does this say that something is missing or wrong with you.
Many years ago I was experiencing the perfect Valentine’s Day with my husband, dining at the best restaurant in Sun Valley, Idaho…flowers already at the table and a beautiful sparkling bracelet presented with flair.
If you had been watching from across the room I would have been viewed as a very happy treasured woman. As dessert was served he leaned across the table and said. “I just want you to know that I am interested in another woman” … so much for the fairy tale Valentine’s Day.
To say that night sent me on a journey is an understatement; it did open up my questioning on how much love I was willing to give myself. We can only receive as much love as we carry, and it did not look like I was doing a very good job!
The love you have for yourself deeply influences all aspects of your life and your business, especially your business. Everything is energy, right? You can create the most beautiful perfect marketing piece or program, but if it was created in the energy of overwhelm and pushing and not infused with love your results will be less than desired.
Recent studies have shown that the happiness factor boosts your performance by 50% and raises productivity. If you lack self-love it goes hand in hand that your happiness factor will be lower and you will lose the benefits that I just described. You are ahead of the game if you really love the work you do. You are the influencing force in your business whether you work alone, manage a small team or have a very large organization; you must love yourself first and bring in a positive influencing energy with you each day.
Shawn Anchor, author of Happiness Advantage, says:
“It turns out our brains are hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or neutral, but when they are positive”
Studies have also shown that the most loyal employees stay with a company because they feel cared about as a person; this can be more important to them than money!
How much love do you bring to your business? Be honest here; rate yourself on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, where do you rank?
If your score is not as high as you would like, the following suggestions will move you in the right direction.
- Choose one thing to do that feels absolutely indulgent. Now put it on your calendar and make it happen; the love begins with you.
- Make a list of all the positive qualities you personally bring to your business, nothing is too small. Put the list out where you look at it daily; appreciate yourself.
- Seize every opportunity where you can share kindness and appreciation, remember people need to feel you care about them personally.
- Make a gratitude list, what are you grateful for in your business, life, and the present journey. Gratitude brings more wonderful things your way, as what you focus on expands.
Aimée and I love to surprise and delight each other, especially during our birthday month. Yes, I did say month! We leave little treasures for the other to find, tie balloons in the bathroom, a gift card for a favorite coffee shop, and do errands.
Make it a practice to do things that surprise and delight you, your friends, and especially your employees/coworkers.
Yes, bringing love into the workplace is worth it on every level. Which step will you implement?
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With love and appreciation,