Prosperity Pillar 7 – I Choose To Be Happy
I’m really excited about today’s topic. It’s principal number 7 of the 12 Prosperity Pillars: I choose to be happy. Say that to yourself, “I choose to be happy!”
I have this quote on my desk and I use it all the time. It’s by Wayne Dyer and he says, “It’s not about finding happiness. Happiness is the way.”
This is one of the things that we all struggle with. I do. I’m sure you do as well, as an entrepreneur that’s constantly struggling to find happiness and fulfillment. Why is it so hard to find happiness, especially if happiness is simply a choice?
Struggling For Happiness
I’ve thought about this a lot. It’s really because we define happiness as something in the future. We define it as something that we we don’t have yet. How many times have you told yourself that you’ll be happy:
- When you get XYZ promotion?
- When you make this much money?
- When you get this type of relationship?
- When you get to that point in your life?
It’s always about something in the future. But here’s the thing … happiness is not a destination, it is a path. Wayne Dyer puts it really well. It’s not only a path, but it’s actually the way to fulfillment.
Simply Choosing Happiness
Just choose to be happy because happiness is a choice, plain and simple. No matter how eloquently we say, it happiness is simply a choice.
You don’t control the circumstances that are happening to you in your life right now.
You can’t control if your car breaks down.
You can’t control if your boss is giving you a hard time.
You can’t control people outside of yourself in your relationships.
But you can absolutely control your mind, and you can control your decisions. You simply need to make the decision to choose happiness. Now here’s the difficult part … you have to make that choice daily.
You have to choose to be happy ongoing; you can’t just let it handle itself.
You’ve got to be proactive.
You have to create your life and choose happiness.
Choosing What Will Bring Happiness
So let’s talk about how you choose happiness. Let me ask you just one question: what do you want in life?
Most of us want to get that certain job, that certain relationship, certain things, income and lifestyle. But what you really want are the emotions that those things will provide for you. Those things are actually not what you truly desire. What you truly desire are the emotions that the new car is going to give you, what that relationship can to bring you, that income.
Think about a time when you were extremely happy. Maybe it was the birth of a child, maybe it was a promotion. Think about one of those those times that you were extremely happy. Get that picture in your mind very vividly.
Now, can you feel those emotions again? When you relive very good memories, you can relive those emotions. So then we can prove to ourselves that we can create the emotions that we’re looking for.
The Secret To Happiness
Here’s the secret … the secret to being happy is being able to create those emotions while you’re traveling the path to your destination.
So here’s what I want you to do. Set a goal for yourself to create more memories and emotions every single day. Maybe make it a game where you can vividly and distinctly create memories and you feel as if they’ve already happened.
We can do things to stack the odds in our favor to create the emotions that we need. Success is not to be pursued, it’s to be attracted. You need to be able to choose your happiness. You need to put things in your path that will allow you to create those emotions that you’re seeking.
Once you’re consciously aware that you can create those emotions you’re looking for, happiness truly will be the way. It won’t be a destination.
Put this into practice and I want you to create more happiness, more emotions on a daily basis. I know you can do it! You have greatness inside you.
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