Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happiness is Success

Finding the joy and happiness in what you do must be the big lesson I am meant to teach and learn myself lately.
“It” shows up everyday!  It seems no matter what I read or hear on TV or even in church over the last 2 weeks has been about finding joy and creating happiness.  The Dali Lama even talked about finding true happiness on the Today show last week.
I believe the “Secret to Success” is to find joy in what you do and allow happiness to inspire creativity to fuel your goals.  I like to define success as fulfilling or living your unique life’s purpose.  We each have a different life purpose therefore our individual definition of success is going to be different for each of us.
The opposite of happiness is worrying.  I found a great quote recently,“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it takes a lot of energy and doesn’t get you anywhere.”
Imagine taking the same energy you exhaust by worrying or even complaining about the things you don’t like in your life and applying that energy to solving the problem and using your creativity, intelligence and imagination!  Imagine!
When you feel happy and joyful those good feelings create a vibration to pull the things you want into your life.  But the feelings of happiness have to be genuine and they have to come first.  In other words, you can’t attract or draw things into your life that you thinkwill make you happy.  Being happy is what brings it all in.
How do you do it?  How do truly become Happy & Joyful?  I work on this everyday too.  It is a conscious decision to be happy and to look for joy in our lives.  It is also something we have the power to create with our thoughts and feelings.  Take ownership of your happiness.  You have to believe you can be happy.  Focus on possibilities instead of being a victim to past or present circumstances.
First with Intention.  Be clear about what you want.  Then apply Attention.  What you put your attention towards will grow stronger and show up in your life.  Then let go and relax and allow it to happen.
How amazing would your life look if you were truly happy and 80% of the things you do or were involved in (including your job) made you feel joy?
You can’t experience joy or happiness if you are stuck in the role of a victim.  So move past the thoughts that you can’t control the path you are in life.  True that we can’t always control the events that happen to us in our lives, but what we can control is our Response to them.
A success formula used by many Coaches including myself is E+R=O.
Events + Responses = Our Outcomes
Your response to any situation – even how you react to having to wait 2 hours in the doctor’s office – or how you respond to challenges at work.
Your responses allow for choices.  Choices increase or expand our possibilities.  This allows us to create more peace and well-being which will strengthen your ability to make the same positive choices in the future.
That is empowerment.

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