Don’t Wait for Success to Find Happiness.
Happiness and Joy don’t happen in the past or the future. Everything can only exist here and now. Becoming happy and finding joy today gives us energy and brings joy to our lives.
The past and the future are just thoughts. They are only as real as we make them. www.jaywren.com
Thinking about the past opens the door to regret and guilt. Thinking about the future opens the door to the fear of losing something or failing to get something.
When we are living inside our heads, the world moves along without us.
While many people spend time thinking about the future, other people are living in the present moment to build success and security. They are allowing themselves to know joy and happiness. They live fuller lives. Their minds are free and energized with focus.
Most people have found satisfaction in achieving a goal. There is peace of mind in having financial security.
But happiness must happen as we go along in life. Being happy gives us the energy to achieve our goals and create security.
Be Open Joy and Happiness
If we say that I will be happy when I get that job or that car or that other person in our life, we are cheating ourselves but putting conditions on our happiness. What happens to our lives when we find that we have plenty of money for our security but live in fear of losing that money? How happy are we when we have plenty of security, but are jealous of people who have more prosperity than we have? The fact is that we are not happy.
The first step in achieving joy and happiness is to get out of our head and into our world. Thinking about the past or the future creates risks to our happiness. Resenting people for their success takes our mind off the things we need to do to ensure our own success.
Take Action for Joy and Happiness
Here are things I do to find joy and happiness in the present moment.
Gratitude: I simply make a short list of things for which I am grateful.
Perspective: Why fret over things that we can’t control? I can’t control the weather, media, behavior of other people, fluctuations of the stock market, ad infinitum. However, I don’t have to think about those things.
We don’t have to wait for success to be happy. We just take action to create a healthier mind.