I recently had a paradigm shift (google that phrase, I’ll wait).
I finally realized that success (however you define it) isn’t a destination.
This is a common trap to fall into due to our view point as children. How often did the thought, “I can’t wait to grow up” enter your brain at a young age? I’d guess more than several. So, the issue as hand doesn’t lie in the trap itself. The problem exist in that we never climb out of it. We set milestones in our lives and think upon arrival we will achieve fulfillment, completeness, or any other adjective you’d care to insert. If you get the right job, marry the right woman, win the big tournament, or make the right grade you’ll be ready to start living.
Remember you can’t arrive at happiness. It is a choice. You simply decide to be it, or be the opposite.
Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t an easy choice to make. We have emotion that causes all kinds of mayhem on the process. We have to practice being positive. So here is a happiness challenge should you care to accept it.
For the next 20 days, I want you to end your day writing down 5 things you can be thankful for in life. You cannot repeat any of these. At the end of 20 days, you’ll have a list of 100 thanks. After you create your list of 5, I want you to relive something positive that happened during your day. Use that rusty imagination and actually relive it. At the end of 20 days, I want to take notice of the way you view the circumstance in your life to see if you have a more positive outlook.
When you couple a positive outlook with being proactive (my next blog), you’ve begun to develop the mindset that will lead to long term success.
Lesson of the day: Be nice and smile, it doesn’t cost a dime.