“Just living isn't enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Anderson

Greetings! It's been a rainy, wet Monday here in Philadelphia – the perfect evening to curl up on the sofa with a good book… I have been reading Dr. Martin Selegman's recent book, Flourish. A psychologist and leader in the Positive Psychology movement, Selegman wrote this as a sequel to his earlier book, Authentic Happiness. In Flourish, Selegman moves away from his earlier theory of “authentic happiness” toward a construct he refers to as “well-being.” He describes well-being as having five elements:

  1. Positive emotion
  2. Engagement
  3. Positive Relationships
  4. Meaning
  5. Accomplishment

While reading this, I found myself thinking about ways that this applies very directly not only to our personal lives, but – especially for those of us who are entrepreneurs or budding entrepreneurs – our business relationships and clients. One of the things that I stress with my own coaching clients is the importance of connection. To build a successful entrepreneurial business, whether online or in person, you must connect deeply with those you are meant to serve. One of the most valuable ways you can do that is by helping your clients create a sense of well-being through their work with you.

Selegman's model of well-being is really at the heart of creating lasting and impactful relationships. In a world filled with such a multitude of distractions, you must create a nurturing environment where you engage with your clients. Build positive relationships with them that are based on providing value (meaning) by helping them accomplish important goals or develop powerful new skills through their work with you. Each interaction, each conversation, should have at least one of these five elements at its core.

To help your clients “flourish,”it is critical to create a relationship of trust and respect and support them in envisioning a meaningful future where they can recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.

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