How to be happier and more successful?
After researching highly successful people, Dr. Alan Zimmerman distilled what he learned in The Payoff Principle: “When you find purpose in what you do, exhibit passion for the outcome, and master the process to make it happen, you produce the payoffs you want, need, and deserve”.
You really need all 3 to be truly happy and successful. Yet most people, coaches and advisors make the mistake of focusing only on 1 of these elements, which makes you more prone to failure.
All 3 elements of the Payoff Formula are critical
Finding your purpose can be the most powerful motivator in life. But sadly most people don’t figure it out and resign to a routine: go to work and survive.
Passion is what gives you energy, what fires you up. But most people don’t know how to fuel the fire so their passion either never grows or fizzles.
And Process is about what skills you need to build, use, and nurture in order to produce the payoffs you desire.
How to live your life with purpose
Every day needs to be aligned with your purpose and get you a step closer to your desired payoffs. The problem is, we all get bombarded with distractions and we lose focus. So you have to be very methodical and deliberate about it.
For example, the night before you can create your daily six-pack: the 6 items you HAVE to accomplish during the day. In the morning, start with item #1. Only when you’re done, move on to #2, and so on. At the end of the day, even if you haven’t crossed out the entire list it’s ok.
How to be “more” of yourself
At the end of the day, you want to be more happy and more successful… The Payoff Principle is a highly researched and proven formula to help you achieve more.
What’s best? It’s simple and everyone can do it. You can take small steps and start tomorrow… By feeding your mind a steady diet of positive inputs: spend 5 minutes thinking about everything that’s going well in your life, then spend 10 minutes reading something inspirational, and finally plan ahead to surround yourself – at lunch, at work, anywhere you can – with people who exude a positive attitude.
Small steps add up, especially when you’re on a well-defined path.