Happiness Easy as 1-2-3
I want my day to feel like there is boundless beauty and possibilities and joy to be felt, discovered, explored, and expressed.
I want to feel peaceful like a gentle babbling river or like the sound of sails in the wind.
And you know what?
I can. And so can you. Here’s what we all seem to forget. We have the power to create any feeling we desire. Now, that’s a powerful thought.
This blog is inspired by an article by motivational expert Tim Shurr who has a super simple strategy for increasing your happiness. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Here’s his advice:
Step Two: Be intentional. Ask yourself purposeful and deliberate questions like, “What do I need to think, believe, or do in order to feel fulfilled, joyful, peaceful, content, or blissful?” Don’t limit yourself by saying you don’t know the answer to that question. With a bit of introspection you can find the answer. And don’t say there’s nothing you can do to feel a certain way. Remember, you have the power to create any feeling you want. Everything is possible.
Step Three: Stay mindful. Once you’ve made up your mind how you want to feel in this moment and you’ve gained insight on what you need to do, DO IT!
There you go.
I don’t mean to be glib. I’m not saying that if you sing “everything is awesome,” suddenly you’ll feel just fine. Believe me when I tell you that this year has been my most challenging so far. I was paralyzed by my negative emotions there for awhile. I had to make a conscientious decision to begin living again. Even though I couldn’t control much of what was happening, I realized that doesn’t mean that I’m powerless over my emotions. Feeling sad, frustrated, stressed, or angry are not my only choices.
So, next time you’re feeling negative emotions because of someone’s thoughtless words or because of a challenging situation, keep in mind that how you feel is in your own hands. Other people and circumstances do not determine or cause your feelings. You do.
Perhaps you automatically react in a negative way to certain situations or people. If this is the case, make the necessary changes and establish boundaries in your life for your own sanity. If you cannot completely eliminate negative people or stressful circumstances, then you will need to work on how you think and react. Not an easy process, but entirely doable. As Shurr points out, the secret to success is recognizing and shifting self-limiting beliefs and habits. Utilizing the three steps listed above could help you start on the path to more healthy thought patterns.
You can put this information to use in other ways in your life as well. As Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map, advises, maybe your goals should not be based on what you want to accomplish or achieve, but on how you want to feel.
I like that thought.
So what do I want to feel at this particular moment? Please excuse me while I go do some sort of bursting…
What do you want to feel right at this moment? Please share in the comments below!
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