How to Move Mountains with the Right Frame of Mind

I’m probably never going to get the opportunity to speak to every reader of this piece in person. But if I could, I would love to ask two questions: first; what’s your outlook on life, and second, what drives you? If you’re anything like me, it’s safe to assume self-doubt and fear of failure are words and emotions, not all that unfamiliar to you. IBM founder Thomas J. Watson said the formula for success is quite simple: double your rate of failure. Isn’t that the truth? The reality is that I’m just an average guy with a relentless lust for life, insatiable thirst for accomplishment, and a fearless pursuit of financial freedom. But, hey, maybe that’s just me.

The thing is, many successful people have many anecdotes that could account for their success. But I’m here to tell you that you don’t need an Ivy League education, 18-hour work days, or a bottomless pit of financial or human resources to be successful or happy. Instead of thinking about happiness as the result, think about happiness as the precursor to everything you’ve ever wanted. The best part? Science backs me up on this.

Secret to Your Success

Yes, that’s right, studies suggest that we’ve been overlooking one easy but significant component for obtaining success: happiness. In fact, research in the field of positive psychology has revealed that happiness fuels success and being happy reprograms our brains to be more positive, which results in more engagement, more productivity, and more efficiency in what you do.

In March, we celebrated the International Day of Happiness. But why celebrate only one day, when you can reap the benefits of a positive philosophy throughout the month of March, throughout the year, throughout your life? That’s an exciting idea and, as always, we want to contribute.

As founder and CEO of Nerium International and co-founder of Live Happy, I’ve had many opportunities to speak about success as a precursor to happiness to thousands of audiences worldwide. Along with Live Happy co-founder Deborah Heisz, we’ve developed and designed our Live Happy company and magazine into the biggest content aggregator there is on positive psychology, well-being, and all the other things that make you happy. Weaving the science of positive psychology through inspiring features, relatable stories, and sage advice, we help people discover their personal journey of happiness in life, at work, and at home.

You see, most people have it backward. It’s not success that will make you happy. What science has found at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and around the world, is that happiness is the precursor to success.

Happiness All Around

That seems easy enough, right? To agree that happiness is easy to obtain?

Right. Finding happiness doesn’t have to be exhaustive or exhausting but rather as simple as doing three gratitudes a day. All you need is to complete a few necessary steps every day until it becomes routine. You don’t have to take quantum leaps to achieve success, but rather by focusing on doing the little things in life.

That’s our goal at Live Happy. We want to increase everyone’s awareness about the benefits of approaching life with a positive philosophy and a happy perspective. Live Happy is leading the global movement to make the world a happier place, and that’s what we’re working toward – establishing a worldwide movement of people connecting, becoming happier while synergistically working together. After all: a group of happy people can go places together they can never go to by themselves.

Saving the best for last! Live Happy fits seamlessly with Nerium’s positive philosophy which is why we value each other’s contributions to making the world more joyful. We’re very proud to drive the positive psychology movement, the wellbeing movement, the Live Happy movement around the world. You too can inspire people to live meaningful and purpose-driven lives simply by sharing your happy acts.

What #HappyActs have you committed to?

Nerium International Jeff Olson

Join the discussion 7 Comments

  • Sheryl Scott says:

    I love this, thank you!

    • Nerium International says:

      Thanks for your support, Sheryl. Be sure to read my next blog (already published) and please share your thoughts !! -JO

  • I would like to thank you for sharing the best of you. I also would like to thank you for sharing your happy acts with us. I am a true believer that the happiness and well-being of a person is composed of many elements which together make my life completely happy lasting and not partially. For example mi life and my happiness is composed of many elements the fills my heart with joy. For me, to fell joy is much deeper than happiness, because happiness is temporary, but joy endures with us always. It’s a combination of the harmony of heart, mind and soul, that every time I speak or think about a specific experience, I can feel the joy of happiness that makes me smile and make cry sometimes, because joy come from heart-soul. I’m a Nerium brand partner but also a mother of four children, a grandmother of eight grandchildren, wife of a good husband, dad’s favorite daughter (just kidding), the sister of the most crazy and curly hair, a friend who like to share songs, give a community services, go to church to feed my soul. All those things fill me with joy. Also those these things like to eat tasty meal, fresh fruits, exercising, watching movie, listening to music, read a good book (Slide Edge) make me happy. Sharing my business (Nerium) gives me joy, having partners and clients gives me happiness. Thanks Jeff for leaving us the legacy of perseverance and continuos disciplined, work with strategy to achieve goals and objectives in life. Thanks again.

    • Nerium International says:

      Thank YOU, Ana Maria !! Perseverance and continuous discipline or mastering the mundane (as I’m sure you’ve heard me say many times before) is such an important part of achieving goals -JO

  • Patti Morton says:

    You’re so right, Jeff – you’re just right on with this Live Happy FIRST! message you birthed and continually give wings to, around the world.

    MY renewed ‘success vibe’ is absolutely from that principle, from practicing happiness & doing happy acts consistently, daily, now almost automatically.

    For nearly two years, I have spent intentional time recreating my life – filling my own well of happiness first. It’s truly the cause of renewed mojo for me.

    Every morning when my mind awakes, I think of gratitudes, I often speak them so my own ears hear them! All through my day – when I’m driving – just as I’m winding down to sleep, same thing.

    Once again (as I used to do) I naturally look for a silver lining that I am grateful for, even while experiencing a hard, hard thing.

    This long period of focus on happiness and gratefulness has changed me, healed places in me. For instance, anxiety no longer freezes me. It no longer holds me captive from making a day productive. I find that I greet problems from an already upbeat framework of thought – happiness & gratitude – rather than instantly feeling stressed out, hiding out or making excuses. That’s a monumental difference! Creativity is easier. Solutions come to mind quicker. I have found my way back to my real self – a positive, happy, grateful woman.

    Yep. Happiness IS an inside job! It wells up, bubbles out and creates what I call my ‘success vibe’ that energises me and magnetizes others who want it.

    Thank you Jeff, from the bottom of my heart, for taking on this mantle, for putting your time and money behind it and spreading it around the world. It’s rippling!!
    I for one, am just one life that has been changed by it. I could shout from the rooftops, “Live Happy FIRST, good things will naturally come from getting that awesome truth prioritized!”

  • Mary Veltri says:

    Jeff,
    The brilliant light that flows from your heart is one of the most powerful forces I have experienced from any one person. I send you love and gratitude from my heart everyday, and wake up every morning feeling so incredibly blessed to be a Nerium Brand Partner. Your life is a shining example of how Happiness IS a direct precursor to anything positive and meaningful that flows into our lives! Words could never express the joy that Nerium has brought into my life, and the lives of all those I am able to touch with this company! Thank you Jeff from the bottom of my heart!

    Live Happy and PROSPER,
    Mary Veltri SD, Team Chicago

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