If you meet Dan, you will notice an unassuming, humble man who seems just as comfortable standing alone as engaging in a conversation with a group. He radiates a knowing, a wisdom that is easily perceived if you are looking for it.
Not too long ago, I sat down with Dan to seek some of that wisdom to share it with you.
For most of my life, I have struggled with getting enough sleep. When I tell people how little I sleep, they are complimentary. They generally see that it is the reason I am able to be a CEO and still read so many books. I consider myself a high-functioning insomniac because most people are not able to tell when I am tired.
So all good, right?
Not so fast.
I would gladly give all of that up for solid sleep, every single night. Getting little sleep is not a badge of honor. It is not something to brag about.
Not getting enough sleep can range from an occasional annoyance to a serious issue requiring medical help. Sleep better and you increase your productivity, your odds of success, and your ability to lead.
Success Factor: Getting Enough Sleep
Do you get enough sleep?
“A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” –Leonardo da Vinci
So how about you? Do you sleep well or struggle? Do you think it is a leadership and performance issue?
Do you have sleep problems?
So, what to do? There are numerous ways to get more sleep. I have plenty of experience with most of them. Before I share my list, I wanted to learn from you. Help me out. Share your tips on how to get a good night’s rest in the comments or send me an email, tweet, Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn comment.
Want to be happier? Try these 12 steps and move in the right direction.
Look for opportunities to compliment others today everywhere you go. Be genuine and sincere. No sarcasm. Write a thank you note.
“Thank you for checking me out so quickly.”
“I appreciate your attention to detail.”
“Your children are very well behaved.”
Studies show that nothing raises happiness more than helping others in need. If you can volunteer at a soup kitchen, shelter, or nursing home, you will be happier. Almost any act of helping others in need will boost your happiness. And it’s not just volunteer activities. Try holding open a door for someone; shoveling a neighbor’s walk; letting someone pull in front of you in traffic. Put others before yourself.
Slow down and listen. Really listen and connect. There’s something magical when you understand someone’s views.
Find someone to express your love and gratitude. Happiness always goes up in the presence of those we love.
Start something new and exciting. When your brain is learning and your body is moving, you will be engaged and create good feelings.
Countless studies show the benefits of exercise. It can get you out of a rut and boost chemicals in your brain to make you happier.
The opposite of starting is accomplishing. When you are crossing off important “to do” items, it will increase your satisfaction.
March 20 is officially the International Day of Happiness. Somehow I missed the announcement, but in 2012 the General Assembly of the United Nations created this day to recognize “the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.”
I’m all for celebrating and for happiness. With that in mind, I selected some of my favorite quotes on all things happiness.
“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.” -Charles Spurgeon