“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

—George Washington Burnap, 20th Century Unitarian clergyman

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Thank you for being a loyal member of the Quotable Coach community!

May you and those you love have all the grand essentials to happiness during this holiday season and throughout the new year.

Most sincerely,

Barry

“Do your little bit of good wherever you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

“Do your little bit of good wherever you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

– Desmond Tutu, South African bishop and opponent of apartheid

I have recently finished reading the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. One of the ideas he points out as a way to generate individual and organizational habits that lead to greater success is to focus on “small wins.”

Too often we glamorize only the big wins – you know, those “superbowl” sized accomplishments that are highlighted in the media – without recognizing all those little steps along the way.

Exercise:

Develop a “little bit of good” journal, scoreboard or notebook to capture all the ways you can and do make the world a better place.

Create a separate section to capture all the little bits of good others do for you.

Imagine the possibilities of seven billion people doing this exercise!

“In about the same degree as you are helpful you will be happy.”

“In about the same degree as you are helpful you will be happy.”

– Karl Reiland

Have you ever noticed that the people who have the most things are often not very happy? Many times, they are downright miserable and no amount of “more” seems to fill their emptiness.

The givers and helpers of the world seem to have a greater sense of contentment and satisfaction with life, even if they come from modest means.

It appears that a life focused on others versus on oneself provides for greater fulfillment.

Exercise:

Experiment by having a “helping day” today where you go out of your way to be extra helpful to friends, family and colleagues.

Put your random acts of kindness on overdrive and notice the reaction that others have – and just as importantly, notice the many smiles that find their way onto your face.

“Good will is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy.”

“Good will is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy.”

– Marshall Field

In many ways, I embrace new business strategies and tactics. I have a new website that is optimized and updated often. I blog, write, tweet, link, and so on.

On the other hand, I’m a bit of an old-fashioned guy. I meet most of my clients in person. I still network face-to-face. I’m a relationship guy.

It often takes considerable time to build trust, goodwill and loyalty. The value of such goodwill and loyalty has been measured through such sources as the book The Loyalty Effect – indicating its value in the billions.

Exercise:

How are your current personal and business practices building the asset of goodwill?

What new and additional ideas will you implement to capture and expand this important asset in the future?