In our chase for happiness, we are actually making ourselves miserable.
Yesterday, I gave a talk called “Happiness 101” at a school. A teacher raised her hand and said, “We've gone too far with happiness. These parents won't let their child fail because they want them to just be “happy” – it's not teaching them anything.”
Amen! Some teachers said that parents focus too much on grades and getting into the best colleges. Others talked about how kids see happiness in their phone or car, yet they are bored, stressed, anxious, on anti-depressants, and/or have eating disorders.
And let's face it: We're just like these kids. We think that getting a raise or losing 20 lbs. or buying new shoes will make us happier.
We've been searching for happiness in all the wrong places. Happiness is not external. It is fulfilling yourself inside your soul.
Sure, losing weight will make you happier for a moment, but inside, you will still be in pain. Even a new job won't give you lasting well-being if that job doesn't fulfill your soul.
We need to change the conversation to a deeper kind of happiness – to flourishing. To fulfillment. To overall well-being and satisfaction with life.
To have fulfillment, you must be living in alignment with your heart's desires and soul's yearnings.
To flourish, you must be resilient to life's many obstacles and learn how to come back stronger. You must experience see life with a curious, open, growth mindset.
To feel satisfied, you must appreciate all you have, and all that has happened – the triumphs and the traumas. You must be content, knowing that you have lived fully.
Together, this is “Living on Purpose.” Feeling happy in the depth of your soul and spirit, being courageous and strong in the face of failure, taking risks to make a difference in the world in your own unique way.
Are you living on purpose? Ask yourself these 3 questions:
- Have I been ignoring the voice inside that tells me of dreams buried deep in my heart, and not taking action on them?
- Have I been allowing my fears, shame, or guilt to hold me back from doing things I want to do?
- If I were to die tomorrow, would I feel content that I lived and lived well, fully using my time and energy?
If you said no to any or all of these, it's time to DO something about it. Work with a coach, take a step forward, or join me in my 4 week course to flourish. You deserve to feel TRUE HAPPINESS!
This past weekend, I told you about a 4 week breakthrough course “Living on Purpose.” In this class, you will identify your strengths and values, you will learn how to turn pain into purpose and overcome fear, you will jumpstart your path forward. I am offering an early bird special of $50 off right now, so please, click here to register.
Do not let one more day go by with that nagging feeling of emptiness. I lived that way for 8 years – knowing I was meant for purpose yet too afraid to ask. It gave me shingles, it made me severely depressed, and it led me to a nervous breakdown. You deserve better.
Now is YOUR time to shine brightly in the world. Inside of you are strengths, gifts, talents, and wisdom that the world needs now.
Make sure that 2017 is a year of true happiness for you – a year of fulfillment and flourishing. If this resonates for you, join me for Living on Purpose and get started on your path forward. Click here to register now.
To your flourishing,