How to choose happiness may seem strange to you. Many times we look at happiness as a feeling that comes and goes. And that certainly is a part of how happiness shows up, but there is more.
I'm living proof that happiness is often a choice. It is a choice in the moments.
My statement above is not one designed to give you the impression that I am superior or more with it than you. I'm not, I just discovered a secret that's not a secret at all. Here's how it works:
Value the moments of each and every day. Really value the moments. Once you've done this you'll realize two significant things:
- Life is brief.
- You don't have time to waste.
When we REALIZE that life is brief and we don't have time to waste. Things begin to turn.
A word of caution here, there will be days of sadness and unhappiness. Don't try to be the annoying positive thinker who pretends that everything is great. Sometimes we all have to do time in the dark seas. It's ok, just don't linger beyond the time necessary. Only you and God knows how long that is.
The great thing about choosing happiness is you'll become those choices. That's a beautiful place, a beautiful place indeed.
I am prone to excitement. Give me an idea, a vision or a dream and I'll plug in. I never want to change that about me or lose it in age of skepticism. In the last few months I've started to move to a more patient and steady approach in how I evaluate ideas.
In many ways I would describe it as letting the story unfold.
In the past week I've started to get lift on a few projects and goals. All of these are in process. And the keyword process is important. I have made a conscious decision to let them unfold to a logical conclusion-good or bad. No predictions, just one step at a time.
For you, you might say "duh, Eric." But I am a man who is learning. Learning what is sustainable, learning what is viable and learning what I believe God is pointing to. If you're not careful, you'll miss a key step if the story is not allowed to unfold.
Knowing what you want is important-really important.
Until you nail what you want, all of the meetings, all of the training, all of the long hours, all of the self-convincing will be an absolute waste of time. And you don't have time to waste. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security by your paycheck, retirement account or the applause of the audience.
The ditches are full of people that could never committ to what they really wanted.
The power of courage is found in those who know there is something worth fighting for. Have you found something worth fighting for?
We're in the perfect age to be courageous. The industrial age is over and things are still being shaken out. With all of the twists and turns it can be daunting, but the results are surely in your favor if you take the steps.
Your art and work are found in this great unknown. It is undeniable.
There is also a cautionary tale here too. Many people are deluding themselves that nothing has changed, nothing needs to be re-set, we can still have that 20th century styled retirement, you can fill in more blanks here. The future needs those who have a clear view and vision of how to live going forward. And yes, it will look different from person to person. Those ignoring will either need to be helped (hope there will be someone there with a hand) at their awakening or will find themselves swept away to place they truly do not want.
The power of courage is rooted in a choice.
There's a trap out there, actually a lot of traps, around getting involved in things you shouldn't. It ranges from career, relationships, business ideas/plans, and much more.
The premise of why people do this is not easily figured out, but when it happens you can usually find self-deceit nearby. The idea of telling yourself a lie in order to do something in the moment. Just the moment and no further. You find yourself regretting it every time.
One of the ways I've found effective in minimizing the number of times I make the mistake of mis-involvement, is to check my God-given peace meter. For example, I sometimes get pitches to get involved with a business venture. If I find myself debating or squirming inside, I know it's time to stop. It doesn't mean I'll never do it. It just means "right now" is not going to work.
The worst mistake is to move into self-deception and convince yourself that you should do something when everything in you says stop. Your gut is worth listening to.
If you’re in the mode of trusting in your past successes, then beware! It is a dangerous trap that many leaders small and large fall into. For some reason, our past triumphs lead us to believe that the future is discovered by them. In many ways this is not so.
The past is a time-frame of occurrence. It was a place of experience and opportunity (if we were awake for it). The only value in the past is to “connect the dots.” We derive learning and encouragement from those “dots.”
Don’t be fooled, the future doesn’t care about your past…it was birthed by your experiences of yesterday.
Start today by realizing that the future is about forward movement. You must make a conscious choice to look forward…it doesn’t happen naturally. If you’re living an Epic Life, then you know this is true.