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Monday, November 28, 2011
Cyber Monday Morning Motivation - "Happiness Is A Choice" via @monicamjones
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Cyber Monday Morning Motivation
"Happiness Is A Choice"
When asked the question, "Do you want to be happy?" there are few people in the world that would answer "No." Despite the fact that we all believe that we want happiness, our actions and thoughts often say the exact opposite. Think about it...
We often wish for things such as good relationships, more money, a better car or home and the like. When we get those things, we may be excited at first, but before long we begin to want for something more. There's also the common behavior of self-sabotage. We find ourselves in a really good situation, then out of fear we tend to focus on or try to find the problems. We've become comfortable in states of crisis and chaos so that when the calm finally comes we feel the need to conjure up some crazy.
With this being a case, we all need to take a step back and ask ourselves... "Do you REALLY want to be happy?" If so, stop getting in your own way!
Here are some things that I am working on to help me to embrace the joy that is all around me instead of focusing on what is or what could go wrong...
Focus on the big picture: Many of the small things that we focus on aren't even worth our time or energy when we look at them in comparison to the big picture. If your spouse is loving, responsible and everything that you've always hoped and dreamed for, does it really matter that they don't put their shoes in the spot that you believe that they should go from time to time? Take inventory of what really matters.
Watch your mouth and your mind: How we talk and think has a direct effect on what we have. When I forget this, I put a big thick rubber band around my wrist and pop it (hard) every time I have a negative thought. This helps to train your brain to remain on the positive. I got this idea from a book called, "The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth" by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen. Speaking of wealth, I've come to realize that the only reason most of us have not reached our financial or professional potential is because of our thoughts and how we speak.
This week I challenge you to examine how your words, thoughts, actions and behaviors align with your desire for happiness. Take a close hard look. You'll be surprised at what you find. Once you discover what's holding you back, take the necessary steps to get a little bit closer to happy.
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