Azim Jamal's The Corporate Sufi A to Z  |  J = Joy
J = Joy
“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find
it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see
that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” 
                                                                                ~ Khalil Gibran
Joy is an expression of inexplicable delight, which goes beyond the subjective confines of happiness or pleasure. It is independent, limitless and unconditional. It arises within us and not outside us, yet we find it difficult to hold on to.

This month, as we come one step closer to spooling the alphabet and explore the letter J, let’s revel in the mystery of this omnipresent yet seemingly elusive feeling called Joy and watch its mystery unfold in our lives.

7 Ways to
Create Joy
at Work

Our work is an integral part of who we think we are, and if we are not able to feel joyous when we are at work, we are probably falling short of living our true potential. Not only is joy our very state of being, it is also a touchstone of all that is going well in our life. So let’s explore some methods that can help put the zing back into your work.

Being Joyful is a choice you make every moment

In all my workshops there is always someone who asks me the secret of being joyful. And I am always reminded of this joke. Two friends, one an Optimist and the other a Pessimist, could never quite agree on any topic of discussion. One day the Optimist decided he had found a good way to pull his friend out of his continual Pessimistic thinking.

The Role of Integrity in Your Long
Term Success

Reclaim your right to joy.

Relearn the art of joyful living, having fun at work, being alive and passionate about what you do. 
Watch the next instalment in our series, The Corporate Sufi:  A to Z.



"What are the steps to bringing lasting joy in my life, versus simply moments of happiness?"

Wonderful question. You are right; pleasure or happiness is momentary and subject to external factors. A colleague or boss praises our work and we momentarily feel happy. If someone criticizes us, that same happiness is transformed into sadness. But joy is different from happiness or pleasure. Joy is rooted in our very being. It always stems from within and is impervious to external factors. Though I feel being joyful is a choice, I would emphasize these three main steps to eliminate all the barriers within yourself that you have built against joy:

1. Find out and live your life’s purpose – Do something that brings you alive...


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On June 17, 2014 Brian Tracy and Azim Jamal presented another full day session on “High Performance Leadership” in Nairobi, Kenya to a sophisticated business leadership.

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