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7 Zen Principles Make You Happier and More Successful in Business

zen principles in business

7 years ago on February 7, 2007, I launched my business and became an entrepreneur for  the second time. I am quite in awe that I am still here given the tumultuous years and change we have all been through.

I consider myself a “spiritual entrepreneur,” as I deeply care about the what, why and how of giving back to the community, people and world that supports me.

Professional fundamentals and personal values are the keystone of long term success. I am so intrigued with this that I made this timeless ideal the focus of my new book #trusthewhy coming soon:

“There is something about putting the right energy and intent out that just attracts the right things, as well as the opposite. Serendipity, law of attraction, call it what you like, it is real and I have come to accept it, believe it and live it.”

Zen [1] is one of the oldest most enduring Japanese schools of Mahayana Buddism, emphasizing the value of meditation. It emphasizes experiential wisdom in the attainment of enlightenment. Simply put, we live it, we learn from it and we share it.

Below are seven principles of Zen that can be applied to your personal happiness and business success.

7 Zen Principles in Business

Eliminate the Clutter – Kanso

Take a good hard look at pruning people, places, processes and things that are cluttering up your path that are not adding to you and helping you to grow.

Who and what do you need to let go of and move on from?

Work-Life Integration – Fukinsei

We must always be improving and refining our work-life integration or else it’s just a continuum of crash and burn.

How can you recharge and renew your priorities, energy and health? 

Simplify and Streamline – Shibumi

Try to make things easier to do and follow by making efficiency your goal in multi-tasking. This is about finding and using appropriate apps, technologies and systems to help make things simpler and more user friendly for you and your customer.

Remember, creating the memorable customer experience is the key to customer retention.

Authenticity – Shizen

Nothing is more important than being who you say you are and delivering that consistently. Come out more from behind your business so that people can get to know the real you.

We want to know more about who we are trusting and engaging with today.

Subtlety – Yugen

Less is more. Focusing on how you can make a difference and solve problems through education and inspiration.

Contribute consistently in a thought provoking way by sharing your “experiential wisdom” through content marketing, social media and volunteering.

Amazement – Datsuzoku

There is nothing more wonderful and exciting than hearing and reading about the stories of real people and the amazing things that happen to them daily. Share your story and the stories of ordinary, real people doing extraordinary things.

Find RAK (random acts of kindness) that are happening in your world and beyond and celebrate them. This is the Zen and Karma that multiples and attracts more to you.

Calm Solitude – Seijaku

Take time to reflect, muse and meditate even for short dedicated amounts of time.  Zen is about intuition and listening for the prompts and messages that are all around us.  This principle is so essential to well being and translates to our families, community and businesses.

Listen, look and pay attention to the day you are in.

The Zen of my business success has always started with me and continues with we. The journey has had its own ebb, flow and pace and has continued to move me exactly in the direction I am supposed to be going.

Here’s to your Heiwa (peace) and Seiko (success), always.

Zen [2] Photo via Shutterstock