What is Happiness?

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I was thinking about how happiness comes down to a few simple things. Here they are – in no particular order.

1) Be honest with yourself. Forget illusions of what you think you want.

2) If you have goals and dreams, make sure you want them in the first place.

3) You’re probably happy with portions of your life. Do more of that.

4) Happiness is about how you feel, not what you do.

5) Experiences win over material items every time.

6) Accepting responsibility for your life will lead to happiness.

7) Happiness is action.

8) Know your Values before you set your Goals.

9) Fill yourself with faith. Happiness will follow.

10) Whatever you like to do, make it a constant part of your life.

What Desire Fuels Your Burn?

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What if a large wall sat between you and your goals? What would you be willing to do to break through and reach them? What if no pain could ever stop you from your dreams?

Most of my days are spent speaking with folks who are frustrated by a wall that is stopping their progress. Most are beginning to question if they will ever live the life that they feel inside. I always have a question ready to get them moving again.

What’s your burning desire?

What do you want so badly that you will have an endless supply of power to drive your efforts until you succeed? What is so big, so exciting, and so compelling that nobody could ever take it from you?

Your desire is like adding coal to a steam locomotive traveling through the Rocky Mountains. Nothing is going to stop it from reaching its destination.

How about you?

Decisions, Directions, Dreams

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Can you think of a time in your life when everything changed for you?
Choosing one school vs. another? Getting married to the right person?
Accepting a job that transformed everything? Right or wrong, life was different after you made up your mind.

Life choices are endless; you need to get good at making decisions.

Tony Robbins has long said, “The quality of your life is a reflection of the decisions you make.”

Wayne Dyer said, “Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.”

You will make many more decisions in your lifetime. They may not be correct, accepted, or comfortable, but they will produce the experience that you will call your life.

I’m wondering if today is the day that your start making decisions that will propel you in the direction of your dreams?

Your Urgent is Not My Urgent

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A very casual friend has been continually sending vague messages asking to set a meeting recently. He wanted to run a few ideas past me. Then it was a time-sensitive issue only I could solve. Neither was getting my attention.

Yesterday another friend called and explained that she needed to drop her car off for repair. Her husband was out of town, and she asked if I would be willing to follow her to the shop and give her a ride home when it was convenient. Instantly I said, “I’m ready right now, let’s go!”

So what’s the difference?

Zig Ziglar said, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”. In the first instance, I felt used, abused, and didn’t want to be bothered. In the second, I was helping a friend in need and felt good about being of service. That’s important to me.

Something to think about today.

Focusing on Next

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There’s a truth in life; nothing happens until something happens.

That’s why the most powerful tool in your personal development toolbox is your ability to take massive imperfect action with the intent on moving yourself physically closer to accomplishing a goal.

But how do you begin when your to-do list is a mile long? There’s a simple equation: start + next = results.

The trick to quickly moving is making the decision to focus on the to-do item that is the best use of your time and will move you closer to your goal. After completing the task, you simply move on to the next and now the most important item on your list.

Everything else must wait until after you reach your goal.

Focus on what’s next, my friend. That’s how you drive success.

Obstacle Discrimination

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Do you have too many options that you are having a difficult time in choosing?

Perhaps, you are not looking in the right direction.

Every Friday, I rush off to a standing appointment with my dog’s agility instructor. Levi is an Australian Shepherd, and we’re both loving the bonding experience in learning to negotiate a field full of obstacles while running as fast as we can.

Wow, that sure sounds a lot like life!

In agility, you are required to choose the next obstacle on your path, and you will need to avoid those obstacles, which have been set, purposely, to distract you. You must learn to discriminate, make the correct choice without hesitation, and stay on the course.

Whoa, that sounds like life, too!

Yes, getting what you want in life is about knowing what you desire. Now, you know that it’s also about avoiding anything that will distract you from obtaining your goal.

Recipe For Recipe

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I have a sister-in-law with an astonishing talent. She can take a bite of cake and immediately identify the ingredients. She’s such a smarty pants. I asked her to recreate the recipe. “No problem,” she said.

After a quick trip to the grocery store and a couple of hours in the kitchen, we tasted her creation. As they say, “close, but no cigar.” Honestly, she was stunned. How was it possible to identify every ingredient and still not the same result?

It was no surprise to me. I see the same thing every day in my Coaching business.

Modeling or copying what others do is the quickest way to your success. However, just like baking a cake, knowing the ingredients without understanding the “nested information” such as measurements, sequence, temperature, and timing will never produce the same results.

If you desire the same success somebody else enjoys, it’s time to stop accumulating ingredients and start paying attention to process.

Time to Take Inventory

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Are you thinking about making a change in your life and are utterly confused?

Between where you are now and where you want to be is a place called your mind. It’s noisy, scattered, running in circles, and in general, driving you crazy. Heck, all you want to do is make a decision — and there’s an equation you can use.

Emotion + Logic = Clarity

Every human is an emotional being. Feel first and think second. However, if you are confused, I’d bet a ride on my shiny new Harley-Davidson that you are stuck in emotional purgatory. If you want out, it’s time to take a logical inventory.

Put your emotions aside and, using only logic, make a list of everything that is driving you nuts, how things are now and how you want them to be. Keep it simple and, as they say, “just the facts.”

Once your logical list is done, add your emotions into the mix by asking yourself how you feel about what you’ve found.

Presto magic! No more confusion!