Finally, we have a President of the Untied States who values the Constitution.
And, when you look at our Declaration of Independence, Pursuing Happiness is given as a primary right:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
But How Can We Begin Pursuing Happiness?
You have been blessed with inborn strengths unique to you… Only by discovering your innate strengths, developing them and using them to the fullest can you find happiness and enjoyment in everything you do.
“Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.” ~Abraham Lincoln
To get the best out of yourself, start by discovering what you want to do, what you do best, and what gives you the greatest reward for your efforts.
What Do You Value Most?
When pursuing happiness, ask yourself,
“Among all of the virtues, what do I admire most and wish to practice in my life?”
Use those values to define yourself in your work as a salon professional. Qualities such as kindness, honesty, leadership, respect for others, service, fairness, resourcefulness, creativity, originality…
There are so many good qualities to choose from.
Remember, as a salon owner or independent cosmetologist, to include PROSPERITY in your list of values!
Whichever values you pick, and the order you place them in, will define how you approach your work as a salon professional.
Define Your Purpose
Once you have chosen the values you want to uphold, your next step is to prepare your personal Mission Statement – a written description of your purpose that makes clear the kind of professional you intend to become. Your mission statement describes how you will interact with your clients, other beauty industry pros, and your community.
It identifies how you plan to grow to achieve your goals.
Consider the Mission Statement of our Salon Plaza Member Erica Drayton owner of EBJ Salon in Norfolk VA:
“A fabulous hairstyle is a given. What I give my clients is much greater. I’m concerned about the health of my clients’ hair, promoting hair growth, and getting it back to its right condition. I work on building relationships.”
Erica uses her Mission Statement as a principle that organizes and guides her career choices, professional and personal growth activities, and daily work schedule.
And yes, her business is profitable.
How Much Money Do You Want To Make?
As a salon professional, you are both an artist and a money-maker.
Three things will determine your income:
- The work you do
- How well you do that work
- The difficulty of replacing you
Your prosperity will be determined largely by how skilled you are, how you apply yourself, and how easy it is to replace you. If you haven’t created a unique difference in your service that your clients value, they will be pulled away by the next open door, empty chair or Groupon special.
Every day, you must vie for attention. You must stand out among thousands of distractions to earn your client’s attention. If you can’t distinguish yourself, you won’t stay profitable. There are too many options and competitors waiting to take your place.
You must become so good in your chosen Purpose & Mission that the chance of replacing you is virtually impossible!
Take a moment now and imagine looking at yourself through the eyes of a client or industry pro you admire. Ask yourself,
“How I could work to give the best service and results?”
While Pursuing Happiness and Prosperity, see yourself as your own employer and boss:
- What do you do particularly well?
- What do you do better than others?
- What you’re your clients been particularly happy with in the past?
- In what ways can you improve, and how can you do it?
This is the way to make sure you will always be busy and well paid because no one can give the kind of service and get the results you give for the price you charge. And you’ll be doing what YOU were born to do best.
Our Salon Plaza Members Reveal Their Purpose & Mission –
Salon Plaza – The Space For Prosperity