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The Recipe for ONGOING Happiness Lies Below!
If I asked the rhetorical question: Do you want more ongoing happiness in your life?
For 99 out of every 100 individuals, the answer to this question would be a BIG and very definite YES!
Yes PLEASE, and let it start as soon as possible.
Sadly though, to all but a VERY ELITE few, true ongoing happiness is an enigma. A conundrum that most people never find a satisfactory conclusion to or achieve in their life.
They navigate there life feeling partly empty and never FULLY fulfilled, as if an important piece of the life puzzle is eluding them.
Most think and talk about happiness A LOT,although they never truly believe how close and simple its achievement really is.
So below, are 9 secrets which will help you be as happy as you wish:
Especially, if you use them…
I can tell you now that these 9 actions won’t be for everyone.
Because, they require ongoing work and effort until they became habits, although the reward is VERY WORTHWHILE.
But first a little wisdom you SHOULD NOT ignore:
I’m sure like me, and regardless of your age, as you grew up you herd your parents and school teachers preach the below wisdom for success in life.
…although a time tested formula for being a good member of society. Unfortunately, this is NOT such a good recipe for happiness.
To me being a hedonist, and as happy as I can possibly be has always been at the VERY TOP of my priority list.
For a while, I had a few jobs that I really didn’t enjoy (perhaps you also).
In fact, and only after a short a while I began LOATHING them.
Fortunately, these where just holiday and student jobs that placed a little essential spending money into my pocket.
So, I began to develop a painfully simple strategy and rule book for my life which has served me wonderfully well.
…and now I would like to share it with you!
Are you ready to get started?
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Set Yourself, Worthwhile Objectives!
I prefer to use the word objectives rather than goals, simply because a goal is something to aim for.
Whereas an objective, combined with positive intention is something you achieve.
Whatever you decide to call them, goals and objectives are as essential to happiness and success as oxygen is to staying alive.
For that reason, you need to begin committing to a list of your own objectives, and then work on developing them frequently.
Done regularly, this will become a fun and enjoyable habit that will keep your attention laser focused on outcome and achievement.
At first, your goals and objectives will just be a list of unprioritised dreams and desires.
For 99% of individuals such impulses and hankerings will NEVER ever be achieved.
The secret for objective achievement is simple, below are 3 points which will help you get started.
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101% BELIEVE you can achieve your objective.
This is so important:
A good technique to use to develop your self-belief is visualisation.
Create a positive image in your mind’s eye of you, happy and smiling, and having successfully achieved your objective.
This is a powerful technique!
Bring this image to mind regularly, and spend time looking at it, and even mentally improving it.
Enjoy your image as you go to sleep as you may dream about it. Then bring it to mind as soon as you wake up first thing in the morning.
Bring it to mind as often as possible.
It will make you feel good, sort of warm inside, and that feeling is the first step towards achieving it.
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Take the time to write out your goals and objectives, first in short draft bullet point format.
Then individually, in far more detail, in fact, as much fine detail as possible.
Keep adding to them, and improving them as much as you wish, until you get them as close to perfect as you can.
The more detail and emotion you can write into your objectives, the more likely you will be to achieve them.
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Now prioritise your goals and objectives.
Put the most important to you, at the top of your list.
You can change this priority at any time.
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Always Ask Yourself Hard Questions!
Although this advice is a little out of sequence, we needed to go through the achievement planning first for this to make sense.
The majority of our population go through life ONLY asking themselves the easy questions.
- What will I have for tea tonight?
- Where shall we take our next holiday?
- Do these high heel shoes suit me?
Does this sound familiar?
Not the sort of questions that will add value or improve your life, lifestyle, or take you it in the direction you wish.
If you take the time to ask yourself difficult, even exploratory questions.
Questions of complexity that take some serious consideration and thinking about.
Then, you are going to come up with some life changing answers and considerations.
‘What if’ type questions are great for mentally exploring potential positive outcomes.
If you want to take this a step further, then write your questions down, and answer them in the same way.
Below is a rather silly example of such ‘what if’ type questions:
- What If I tried this?
- What would happen if I painted it green?
- What if I didn’t sell it, but gave it away?
- What if etc.
I’m sure you get the idea.
Turn asking yourself difficult questions into a habit and watch your mentality grow.
The fact is, if you ask yourself the easy questions you’ll probably have a difficult life.
By contrast, when you ask yourself the difficult questions your life in general certainly becomes a lot and happier.
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As you begin to put into practice the two previous sections you will start to understand what it is you want to make of your life.
By asking yourself meaningful questions you will start to see the way forward.
Then, quite soon you’ll want to take action towards the achievement of one of your objectives.
It’s a very accumulative progressive process.
Just wanting it however, and even knowing why you want isn’t enough.
The next step is an action plan to get there.
Your goals and objectives are the WHAT it is you want.
Now your plan is the HOW you’re going to get it, your route map to success.
Every day, even the weekends I spend time reviewing and working on my objectives, and ALSO planning how to get.
Why the weekends?
Simply because I enjoy the process so much, and by doing a little each day I maintain momentum.
It’s the most important, productive and often most ENJOYABLE part of my day.
My plan begins with bullet points of the actions I think I have to take.
It starts slowly:
Often, I don’t actually know the next action I need to take.
Then I involve myself in another equally enjoyable task which is researching.
I might just research, or start to research one thing a day, which is often enough and keeps my project moving forward.
As your plan approaches completion, often you will become more excited and want to get it on the drawing board and make it live.
You don’t have to plan everything out in advance, although you do need to have a good idea of direction.
Plus, the steps you have to take to get started.
Making positive plans which you KNOW you’re going to action is something which will build your happiness and fulfillment.
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As far as possible live life on your own terms, and don’t do ANYTHING that you don’t enjoy doing.
Okay, some things it is impossible to avoid!
For instance, I hate injecting myself with insulin on a daily basis, but without it my health would be dramatically worse, or I could even die!
This was an exception of something I don’t want to do but have NO CONTROL over.
I hate with a passion doing my accounts and bookkeeping, so I don’t.
I put all of my receipts into little box, and my bookkeeper picks it up on a weekly basis.
It’s the same with all action that I don’t enjoy.
I prefer to concentrate my efforts and attention on the things that I enjoy doing.
Unsurprisingly, these are usually the things I’m good at because I enjoy doing them.
I enjoy creative pursuits such as writing and planning, so this is where I invest my time.
Think seriously about this, and what it is that you don’t enjoy.
When you spend your day only doing things which you enjoy, it ceases to be work.
I don’t see what I do as work.
…and you could be the same!
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Read, improve and generally work upon your objectives regularly.
If possible, EVERY DAY!
At the very least, invest 10 – 20 minutes in your lunch break.
It’s a very simple equation:
The more time you invest into your objectives and the planning process, as well as just stay connected with them.
The more likely you are to achieve your objectives, and in the shortest possible time.
What will happen is your desire for achievement of the most important of your objectives will build.
Until you reach the point and the desire to begin breathing life into it.
This is how it works.
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Another essential ingredient in being happy is passion.
I truly believe you should always play full out!
In other words, if it’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing REALLY WELL!
Give (whatever it is you’re doing) no less than the best of your ability, and the full 100% treatment.
As I only do the things I enjoy doing I become PASSIONATE about them to the point of obsession.
Although I have no proof or evidence to back this claim up.
It has been my experience that people who are passionate about a particular subject are generally very good and expert at it or will soon become so.
It’s my passion that literally makes me throw back the sheets and jump out of bed most mornings, before its life to get started on my work, on my passion.
If you can generate this level of passion in your life, I promise you’re going to be very happy person.
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Take Ongoing Action!
The great speaker, and exceptionally wise man: Earl Nightingale, Once said:
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In my opinion, and I’m sure that Earl would agree, anyone who is pursuing and enjoying the pursuit of a worthwhile goal is generally a happy person.
Every day we have a choice:
To take action, or not?
It’s another simple equation, the more action you take, the bigger the input, the bigger the RESULT and REWARDS you can expect to get back out.
So, take action, lots of action in pursuit of what it is you want to achieve in life.
Do this and I can almost promise you will be wearing a smile so wide people may think you have a coat hanger stuck in your mouth.
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Put Pressure on Yourself to Excel
Never let up on yourself.
When they’re doing the things they enjoy, the happiest people in the world are also the busiest ones.
So, challenge yourself every day to do the best you can, and be the best you can be in all you do.
This will provide the fulfillment and contentment in your work.
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Rinse and Repeat
Don’t try and do it all in just one day.
Remember that very often the journey is far more important than the destination, so enjoy it every ounce of ongoing happiness it has to offer.
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The MOST Frequently Asked Question!
You’re not alone, most people who trade their time working on someone else’s dream in return for money.
Rather than working develop their own, dislike what they do and are just tolerating for the less than substantial wage that they receive in return.
Until this point in their life, they may not have known any better.
But taking a job was THERE choice.
However, it’s not too late!
Using the precise principles in this article you can find something you have a passion for on a part-time basis.
The truth of the matter is, you can generate income from most things if you do it correctly.
So, the opportunity is ALWAYS there, but will you take advantage.
Just remember that there is ALWAYS a way.
In fact, there are always MANY ways.
Are you prepared to put the effort in when you get home your work?
Because if you do, and you stick at it and never give up.
You can look forward to developing a new lifestyle of ongoing happiness.
Let me know how you got on.
If you have any questions or comments write them below…