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Simple truths for positive business people

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I've been listening to Gretchen Rubin for the last few months and I adore the way she blends hard science with personal commentary. Within her 'Happiness Project' Gretchin identifies her '12 Commandments' and with clarity explains how these simple rules help guide her life and business. I thought it was a brilliant idea, so here are the simple truths I've found about positive business people.
 

1. The days are long but the years are short - Many people in business fall into the trap of feeling overwhelmed and focus in on the daily tasks at hand. The trouble is, the years pass by regardless of where you focus, so taking time to make a master plan helps you to see the bigger picture and work towards it. 

2. Lean in when it gets uncomfortable - There are not many business people I know of who have had an easy path to success, in fact, I can't think of one. Those who are truly successful know that when things get difficult the fastest way forward is to lean in, to work harder and to find a way through. The people who avoid confrontations, failure and the mess that business can be, generally don't stick around for long. 
 
3. Always leave it better than you found it - Regardless of what context your thinking of, the same rule applies both in business and life. When you walk into a meeting make sure the people leave feeling valued and inspired, when you walk into a messy office, do what you can to tidy, improve or organise it. If you live this truth you'll go to bed every night knowing you've made the world a little better. 
 
4. Stop deliberating - Either make a decision, make a plan or get some advice. Positive business people know that time spent deliberating is time wasted (it also has a negative effect on both our willpower and self efficacy). I'm not talking about thinking through, I'm talking about worrying over things. Thinking and planning is brilliant, but you know when you get to the point where you should have made a decision. Positive people push through that, others... well they stay stuck in worry and inaction. I heard a beautiful sentiment on clutter recently "Clutter is simply decisions postponed."  
 
5. Other people matter - In fact, other people are the only way you'll every create the business you want. Give out gold stars regularly, praise and acknowledge your suppliers, staff and clients and take every opportunity you get to lift and elevate the people around you. When you start living this truth you'll draw in the most amazing people into your life and things will start clicking into place. 
 
6. Never put off till tomorrow what can be done today - My Dad instilled this value in me and yes it certainly keeps me busy, but I also feel like I make massive progress most days. If I walk past something that needs to be done rather than deliberating, I get it done (or add it to a system to get done.) Now, I know this is contentious, and for some of you (with over flowing in-boxes and a line at your office door) I appreciate this isn't achievable. But, what you will find is that the more you achieve today, the easier tomorrow is. Yes, it's a double edged sword, and the more you achieve, the more is expected of you. But fundamentally, once you tick it off your list, you feel great, your confidence grows and you get to move forward.  
 
7. Consciously create fun - Fun at work? Yes, positive people find ways to create fun and moments of engagement and joy. Why? - Oh, I could bang on about the science for ages, but essentially people who have fun and are playful at work create positive moments, that puts your brain into a super productive state, opens you up to new opportunities and helps you engage and connect with those around you. It's those times that your able to do your best work and find the flow. 
 
8. Simplify - Mostly, we overcomplicate things in business. I constantly ask myself, how can I make this more simple? It minimises distractions, reduces people involved, decreases costs and generally makes everything more efficient. The challenge is wading through the complexities to find the simplicity underneath. 
 
9. There is only this moment, and it too shall pass - This was my mantra when my kids were little and I've found it works in every walk of life to keep me grounded in the present moment. When business is going well, I try to remember, it won't always be this easy, and when business is at it's most challenging, I try to remember, it won't always be this tough. Either way, when I keep that perspectice it makes being in the moment easier.
 
10. Follow your passion - It's an old cliche but when you follow your heart and the things that light you up, the path forward becomes clearer and often things seem to magically click into place. (Not very businessey of me, but you know it's true.) When you're passionate about your business and the difference it makes in the world, the work pales into insignificance when compared to the impact you're creating.
 
11. Develop a growth mindset - Positive people have a minset that believes learning is more important than achieving and growing is more  important than winning. Look around your business and the people who are life long learners always stand out. They are sparking interesting conversations, open to new ideas and the first to take a chance in business. They know that failure is the birthplace of crativity and innovation. 
 
12. Invest in yourself - What you know will be the foundation of your business. Investing in your education and personal and professional development will always pay off and positive people are prepared to back themselves and invest in becoming better in their chosen field.  
 
So, there happens to be 12.... but I'm positive you can think of a few more that apply to your business. Hopefully it's sparked some ideas and inspired you to adopt a more positive way of doing business. If you have any thoughts, questions or additions to the list I'd love to hear them. 
 
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Nothing would give me more pleasure than telling you that after 11 years as a coach, and studying the ins and outs of happiness, that there’s a golden light at the end of the tunnel where you live happily ever after and life is a long string of joy, love bubbles and blissful moments. However, I don’t deal in bull... dust, I deal in positivity, and quite frankly, there is no pot of gold to find. (Sorry.)

What I have discovered, is that regardless of how positive you are, life still throws you challenges. No matter how mindful, engaged or compassionate you are, bad stuff still happens and weather you’re generally more optimistic or more pessimistic, when disaster strikes, it still sucks! The pain feels the same regardless of your disposition, it’s what comes next that separates us. I think most people believe that the optimist is like an endangered species on a protected list that is simply immune to disaster or negativity, not so my friends. The optimist is the guy working overtime to make sure that when disaster strikes it doesn’t’ take him (or those around him,) down with it.

I get a lot done. I manage to enjoy large parts of each day. I make time for my kids, husband, family and friends and I exercise religiously and take time to meditate each day. I’m not some sort of super hero or energiser bunny, and I’m certainly not perfect, I simply have really good habits that work.

Habits are essential to success. People with positive habits will consistently move towards their goals, while others with weak and inconsistent habits will progress much more slowly, if at all. Taking time to set up good habits will make life monumentally easier and help you become more resilient when things go pear shaped. Today I want to share with you some of my habits and hopefully inspire you to develop some of your own.

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For those of you that know me well, you'll recall that my kids have always struggled with separation anxiety. I like to tell myself it's because I'm a much better option than going to school, but in reality I suffered exactly the same debilitating level of anxiety as a child, each time I had to leave my Mum. 

Positive Leadership - A snapshot!

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Sean Cooper Laura CooperMy husband was recently accused of bullying…. By our six-year-old daughter. Laura came home from school telling me how she learned all about bullying at School. Later that evening when my husband, very respectfully I might add, asked her to put her pyjamas on for bed, she turned around, put her hands on her hips (with all the theatrics of an indignant six-year-old) and said “Stop bullying me Dad!” You can see by the picture how strained their relationship is. LOL. 

Generally, in our society, we focus on the problem not the solution. Teaching children about bullying gives them a vocabulary that expands their thoughts in that direction. Every three hours, one person in Australia chooses to end their own life, that’s approximately 8 people a day and is greater than our National road toll, tragically, in 2015 our suicide rate was close to three times that of our road toll.

SkateboardingWell, It’s been over three weeks of Skateboarding every day and I’m happy to report that I’m definitely getting better. I can slow down, (which is pretty important) I can turn in figure 8’s and I’m starting to really enjoy cruising around the streets with the kids. In fact, today I’m grateful for the rain as my left calf is killing and it really needs a few days off!

There are a few things that I think are really cool about skateboarding and I wanted to share them with you because they are pretty applicable to business in general.

The Business of Happiness

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happy at workIn today’s fast paced society it’s hard enough to be happy when we’re on holidays, let along being happy at work! There are so many demands on our time and more often than not we feel overwhelmed and stressed just thinking about trying to reach that elusive goal of happiness.

The good news is that happiness is no longer a pipe dream, it’s no longer a self help fad and with the field of positive psychology exploring new ways to help individuals and organisations to flourish every day, happiness is now more available than ever... and has the science to back it up.

How life works book review by Jodie Cooper

This is a fantastic book and it touches on many of the concepts and ideas that have been floating around but been intangible to me until now. I love that it’s so easy to read and the concepts are very well researched and set out simply for the ‘average’ Joe.

Kiki unhingedTamara Campbell is a wonderful local woman who performs internationally as a physical comedian, with her character Kiki Bittovabitsch. Recently, Tamara presented this speach at a local arts festival and when she sent it to me I really wanted to share it with you. .....

I feel that life has a small frivolity window for adults, a time when you can, if you really want to, play again, risk, like a 20 something with the knowledge of an adult, a real adult - and I believe that as an artist this time can be extraordinary.

Jodie Coopers reality boardHere is my reality board. It's a photographic journal of our best memories and fun times and it lives in our bedroom where I'm constantly looking at it. The reason I created a reality board is because I want to focus on what I do have and how wonderful my life is already. No, It's not perfect, but there are certainly perfect moments and when this is in front of me, it acts as a great reminder that it's people that are important, not things or even accomplishments. 

I know lots of people create dream boards, and with my understanding of how the brain works now I get why sometimes a dream board can actually create more angst and frustration than happiness. You see a dream board is a map of where we want to go, what we want to have, things we want achieve and who we want to be. The only problem is by constantly feeding your mind with what you want your sending a subconscious message to yourself that what you have isn't enough, aka it doesn't' add up to happiness. I'll always have goals, dreams and desires, but my happiness has to come first. 

Bringing Happiness Home

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book1In 2009 I decided that I wanted to write a book. Not a complex or intellectual book, just a simple coffee table book that collated the best of what I'd learned about happiness and how to bring it into your life for good. 

I traveled overseas for around 18 months beginning in 2002, and made my way around America, Canada, over to the UK, a little of Europe and home via Thailand. It was a beautiful trip and I feel like it was pivitol in growing into the person I am today. I remember being in Thailand and not wanting it to end, not wanting to come home to reality because I thought reality meant work, responsibility and boring monotous routine! Who'd want to come home to that! 

Jodie Coopers Mum DaughterHere's a great little article from my Mum, Yep, she writes really well, and in this case I just had to share it. I think you'll see where I get my positive mindset from! LOL.....

Yes, it’s true! The greatest gift ever- Love is free to all to share & rejoice in. That's amazing- you only have to accept it & pass it on, sharing it with anyone. From this love spreads happiness, kindness, caring & the joy of living. There is nothing better.

The best bits of Positive Psychology

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There are many life changing theories in Positive Psychology! The research and concepts that stand out for me include the following:

What is Positive Psychology?

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positive psychology  Jodie Cooper mindset coachIf we exist on a mental wellbeing scale of -8 to +8, psychology traditionally has worked to assist people to move from the negative up to neutral. The role of positive psychology is to study how to and then assist people to move from neutral to a high positive.

Positive Psychology is the science and research into positive subjective experience, positive individual traits and positive institutions. The aim of which is to improve the quality of life, fulfilment and experience for individuals, communities, organisations and intuitions.

Happiness Habit #002 Gratitude

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When I think back over the 8 years of my coaching journey and reflect on what's had the most profound impact on my life and my happiness, gratitude is the hands down winner! 

Happiness Habit #001

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Wise up to Willpower

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Recently I've been reading Roy Baumeister's book 'Will Power' and it's information is critical to anyone that's trying to improve their lives, and I think that's pretty much all of us! I created a workshop around 'wise up to willpower' based on his book and other new info I've come across, here are the key pieces:

Are you contributing to or contaminating our world?

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ripples-in-pondWhether you’re thinking, feeling and doing positive things to improve our world or weather your thinking and feeling negatively and bringing yourself and others down you’re impacting both the people and environment around you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re at work, home or simply walking along the street, each moment of your life you have the opportunity to contribute and make the world a better place.

When you think positively and consider others, your emotions and actions shift to a positive place and have a knock on effect to the people around you. Remember, both positive and negative thoughts create ripples, are you contributing to a better world today?  

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Connected Parenting with Shelly Birger Phillips

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AwakeParenting-8590Shelly Birger Phillips is a wonderful parenting coach and has a beautiful philiosophy on connected parenting. Here's a snapshot of her top 8 tips, keep in mind these are just my my interpretations. I've added Shelly's website at the end so you can grab her audio program or connect with her for coaching.  

1) Care for yourself first – only with full energy can you be the best person and parent you can be. How can you achieve self care? What can you do to improve your personal quality of life? How can you be more engaged and energetic with your kids?

Are you a Squiggly, Square or Oval parent?

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I've been attending a Virtues Parenting course for the last three months and am really loving the concepts! This week we learned about parenting styles. The Squiggly parent, the Square parent and the Oval parent.

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