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by David Garland in David's Blog

In the movie Happy Gilmore, Happy is struggling with his golf game (to say the least). He continually has major freak outs on the golf course and even punched the infamous Bob Barker (played by himself!) right in the kisser. To focus and to relax, Happy’s coach Chubbs Peterson tells him to “go to his happy place.” A place where he is happy, relaxed, and confident. For the rest of the movie, before Happy hits the ball he visualizes himself on an island with some of his (awkwardly) favorite things around. The results? He succeeds.

The funny thing about the happy place, is it is ridiculously applicable to all of our businesses and projects. Better yet, your happy place doesn’t need to be a place at all (unless it is) and you don’t need to visualize it…you can actually live in it. Because a happy place for hustling entrepreneurs is doing the activities we love. The things that unapologetically turn us on.

Here is what I mean. When you start a business or decide to become a free agent, freelancer, whatever you want to call it, it is exciting and exhilarating. You are rocking and rolling. You are an artist. Creating products, creating community, offering your services…whatever you are doing. But, then those “business things” creep in which take you away from your art. It might be annoying meetings. It might be chasing something you don’t really want but think you should do (example: trying to go really big when you really want to stay small). It might be random busy work.

The funny thing is, the happiest entrepreneurs I’ve talked to and interviewed (as well as myself) focus on activities they enjoy. And they enjoy them and focus on them so much, that the other “necessary” activities don’t become a drain. They actually become fun.

Take me, for example. I’m in my “business happy place” when:

  • Writing (articles, guest articles, book(s)).
  • Interviewing unique, creative, passionate entrepreneurs and big thinkers. My favorite interviews are the “tell all” stories I’ve been focusing on where the entrepreneurs shows us how he or she built, marketed, and promoted their company (the ins and outs…no holds barred).
  • Connecting with interesting people (online and offline) and the RISE community. Small talk, sharing interesting links, hanging out with likeminded people.
  • Speaking (lectures, discussions, talks) at organizations, conferences, webinars, whatever (as long as it isn’t TOO much travel…I’m a homebody).

If I’m doing anything related to those activities, I’m happy as a clam. And here is something I’ve realized. If 50% (at a minimum) of the day is devoted to my “happy place” activities, I’m 100% happy. If it is less than that, the day becomes stressful or unfulfilling.

Your “happy place” activities, of course, are probably different than mine (unless you are my that case we should hang out). It might be you love managing people. It might be you love drawing. It might be you love programming. It might be you love the rush of starting something new. You know what it is. Embrace the heck out of it. Give it a big hug. Who cares if everyone else thinks you are weird.

Turning activities you love into a business isn’t some fluffy theory. It is just, sometimes we forget about our core. The things we love to do. The things that bring that tingly, giggly smile to our face. The things we would do for free anyway.

Focus on it and the rest of the stress of running a business often fades into the background and becomes that much easier because our “happy place” activities are what drives all of us.

What are your happy place activities and actions? How much of your day is devoted to doing them? Will making changes make you happier?

PS: A big thank you to Tim Ferriss. Last week he put his interview on RISE up on The 4-Hour Workweek Blog, one of the top blogs in the world. Here is what he had to say.

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