Happy, Excited and Proud

Last Updated Nov 27, 2008 12:12 AM EST

In our businesses, dominated at times by big, hairy goals (and presently lots of talk of doom and gloom), it's very easy to overlook the importance and value of small successes. In this little exercise, I invite you to stop and answer three simple questions.

Ready? Here goes:

1. What are you happiest about right now?
The answer is likely to pop up pretty quickly, it may relate to an event, action or feeling that is very current.

If I think of my work at Flying Solo --- as I tend to do --- I'd answer that I'm most happy about the fact we have a business that is so well supported and that's such fun to work in.

2. What are you most excited about?
Again answering from a business perspective this should stop you in your tracks as it's asking you to look deeper and connect with a very energetic feeling.

For me, excitement comes from thinking about the next evolution of the business and the prospect of seeing the ideas and concepts we have up our sleeve come to fruition.

3. What are you proudest of?
Hmm. This can really make people stop and ponder as it's not often we consider which of our actions create a feeling of pride.

Speaking personally again, I'm proudest of our growing community and how ready and willing everyone is to offer support and encouragement to each other.

So how did you go? I find this an invaluable series of questions whenever I come across someone who is not allowing themselves to acknowledge the present.

Maybe try it out on the next person you bump into who's engulfed in a wave of doom and gloom.

  • Robert Gerrish

    Robert Gerrish is a coach, author and professional speaker and the founder of Flying Solo (www.flyingsolo.com.au), the Australian online community for solo business owners.