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Why You Shouldn’t Work Towards Happiness

Are you one of the many people who have grown up being taught that if you work hard enough you will create a happier lifestyle? Well, according to some psychologists that kind of thinking is wrong-headed and can actually slow down your path to fulfilment and becoming the best Dance Fitness Instructor you possibly can.

The problem with success

In his research within the American educational system, author and lecturer Shawn Achor came time and time again across the belief that hard work brings success which leads to happiness. He explains that the problem with this idea is that by constantly moving the goalposts of success, happiness disappears over the horizon.

To put this in context, you might set yourself the goal of becoming a Street Fit Dance Fitness Instructor but, after passing the Dance Fitness Course, you hold off on happiness until you’ve started teaching classes. After successfully holding your first class, you switch your focus on turning a profit – and then a larger profit, etc.

In his experience, Achor discovered that external factors, such as the University you graduated to, had little bearing on happiness, since most people habitually focused on the stress and competition in their lives, no matter what their circumstances.

So, if happiness isn’t a result of success, where does it come from?

Creating a ‘happiness advantage’
According to Achor, happiness is all about the way you process the world – the lens through which you see it. And the good news is that you can immediately start the process of ‘rewiring’ your brain to create a happiness advantage. For 21 days, you need to:
•    On a daily basis, think of three things for which you are grateful
•    Relive one positive experience every 24 hours through journaling
•    Take part in physical exercise such as Dance Fitness class to teach your brain that behaviour matters
•    Practise meditation to combat the ‘cultural ADHD’ that multi-tasking has caused in most of us
•    Carry out random acts of kindness (e.g. sending an appreciative email to a colleague)

The benefits of being happy
Achor explains that happiness causes the release of dopamine in the brain. Not only does that cause the pleasurable feeling that accompanies being happy, it also switches on the learning centres of the brain, increasing IQ and mental energy.
He also discovered that happy people outperformed on every business measure and were 31% more productive. In the workplace, he found that happy salespeople made more sales and happy doctors diagnosed more accurately.

Take the first step to success  and happiness with Street Fit Dance Instructor Course today!

Are you a Slave to Success?

If you were given the choice between success and failure, I’m sure you would opt for success. But for some people, success means something so far out of reach that any attempt to reach it automatically fails. Their relentless drive to succeed turns them into slaves, never free to enjoy their progress towards a better life.

We want to promote Street Fit® as a realistic way to achieve a future of financial and creative freedom, but if you can relate to this article, your own mindset could be sabotaging your efforts.

‘It’s What you do that Matters’

This is the unspoken mantra that, ironically, could be holding many people back from the success they crave. Psychologists believe that when growing up, associating being rewarded with love for ‘doing well’ and ‘being good’ rather than simply for being ourselves may sow the seeds of the problem. If our caregivers had particularly high standards of success, we might become perfectionists, demanding the best out of ourselves and others.

The Myth of Perfection

While aiming for perfection might sound like a good thing, it can cause all sorts of problems. Instead of finding your goals a source of inspiration and motivation, they can become something to fear as you start to focus on every little mistake. Desperation to achieve can, paradoxically, lead to paralysis as you start to find excuses to avoid experiencing the feeling of failure. This can lead on to a vicious circle, as you berate yourself for procrastinating, contributing to low self-esteem.

Embrace Improvement

Real achievement comes when you learn to relax and focus less on the destination and more on the journey to the summit, enjoying the benefits of working out: the increase in energy, the gradual tightening of loose muscles, the increasing fluidity between movements as your choreography comes together. In terms of your business, notice how your organisational skills are improving, how much easier it is to talk to prospective customers, how much more time you are spending working for yourself. Measure your achievement in terms of all those little successes rather than constantly comparing yourself to an unattainable image of perfection.

Be a Role Model

Next time you are running a session, look around you. Those people are there to be inspired by you, not to be overawed by your flawless physique and unerring technique. They will be far more likely to relate to you if they see you as a normal human being who has improved their life despite their imperfections.

Imagine the day when one of your fledgling dancers becomes a successful Street Fit® Instructor in their own right and says to you, ‘thank you for inspiring me to keep on going.’ Then you will understand what real success means.

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