The Power of a Smile

At the mere suggestion of a smile, most people can’t help themselves; they break into a grin, its human nature. We as humans are programmed to smile. There’s evidence that we smile even before we are born. There are countless studies that show the impact of smiling on success, happiness, well-being, health and even on how long we will live. Studies of high school yearbook photos show a direct correlation to how fulfilling and long lasting an individual’s marriage will be, how highly they will score on standardized tests of well-being and general happiness, and how inspiring they will be to others. The widest smiles consistently ranked highest in all of the above. Studies of baseball card photos found that the span of a player’s smile could actually predict the span of his life! Players with a beaming smile lived an average of 7 years longer. Smiling can positively impact almost any social situation. Smiling is not just a universal means of communicating; it’s also a frequent one. On average, 32% of us smile more than 20 times a day and less than 14% of us smile fewer than 5 times a day. The overachievers in this category are actually children, who smile as many as 400 times per day! A study confirmed that other people’s smiles actually suppress the control we usually have over our facial muscles, compelling us to smile. They also showed that it’s very difficult to frown when looking at someone who smiles. Why? Because smiling is evolutionarily contagious and we have a subconscious, innate drive to smile when we see one. This occurs even among strangers when we have no intention to connect or affiliate with the other person. The act of smiling actually makes us feel better, rather than smiling being merely a result of feeling good. Instead, our brain’s circuitry of emotion and happiness is activated when we smile! Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate can’t match. Smiling has documented therapeutic benefits as well. If that’s not enough, smiling also makes us look good in the eyes of others. Another study confirmed that when we smile we not only appear more likeable and courteous, but we’re actually perceived to be more competent. So now, whenever you want to look great, improve your marriage, reduce your stress, feel as good as when you enjoyed a delicious chocolate bar, or whenever you want to tap into a superpower and help yourself and others live longer, healthier, happier lives … SMILE 🙂     If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079. Please visit www.workingonthebusiness.com to register for an upcoming workshop and let’s work together to help your business grow.

Absenteeism and Referrals

Would you like to double the number of referrals that are given in a closed networking meeting? Here’s how … Show up! Seriously, the numbers show that the lower the absenteeism in your committed networking groups the higher the referral rates. This phenomenon creates more upbeat meetings. The upbeat mood, number of referrals, and adherence to standards impressed visitors. This increased membership, which further increased referrals. It is in your best interest to reduce absenteeism in your exclusive networking groups. Anytime we get back to basics things improve. We renew our focus and we recommit to why we are here and what we want from our strategic partners and our commitment. We all have circumstances from time to time that result in us missing a networking commitment. Do your best when missing a meeting to avoid consecutive absences. Avoid sending in the usual suspects as substitutes. Send fresh faces in your absence, business owners that are likely to join, as they generate new membership opportunities. When you do miss a meeting, don’t go dark for the entire week. Instead, reach out to your fellow members and let them know that you missed them, that you want to connect and get an update on what’s happening in their business. YOUR CHALLENGE THIS WEEK: Renew your commitment to your attendance. Get back to basics and see the benefit of more referrals!     If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079. Please visit www.workingonthebusiness.com to register for an upcoming workshop and let’s work together to help your business grow.

Getting in the Flow

If you want increased productivity and more satisfaction during your day – find ways to get into the flow. The flow can be described in several ways. Have you ever gotten lost in your work, fully absorbed where time did not exist? I am not talking about being busy or moving from one task to another while checking off your ‘to do’ list. I am referring to single tasking – when you are focused on a singular task and everything around you disappears. This is when true productivity occurs, when you can accomplish long term goals or significant projects. It could be completing an operations manual, or an annual marketing plan. It could be setting up your CRM and making it operational. The flow is where you lose yourself in the activity, your stress decreases, and your ability to produce quality results increases. You are in the flow. Here are some key steps to finding your flow:
  1. Limit the interruptions, limit the distractions.
  2. Find work that you love, that you have the skills or knowledge to accomplish. If you hate it, it’ll be unlikely for you to ever get into the flow.
  3. Choose the right place and time. If evenings are best, then start after the work day. If you require a quiet environment, then choose first thing in the mornings.
  4. Do something that is important. It needs to be challenging, yet doable – a result that will be meaningful to you.
Getting into the flow is something you will have to practice. As you work on it, you will get better at finding your flow and you will reap the rewards. YOUR CHALLENGE THIS WEEK: Consider how you will start to find your flow. What do you want to accomplish that can help you find your flow?     If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079. Please visit www.workingonthebusiness.com to register for an upcoming workshop and let’s work together to help your business grow.