Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Get Focused!

"Four Ways to Make Sure Your New Year Is, Indeed, Happy!"
1. CHOOSE To Be Happy
2. Get Your PRIORITIES Straight
3. Get Focused!
Again - do NOT let the simplicity of these points/steps fool you. Remember, the PROFOUND can often be FOUND in the SIMPLE!
So, let's do a quick recap: first of all, realize that HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE and that you can CHOOSE to be happy! That being said, it's obvious then, that you can also choose to be miserable! Why would anyone do that? I don't know - but I've seen it many times and still can't figure it out completely. So, first and foremost - make a decision to CHOOSE happiness in your life! By the way, if you haven't done so yet - go back to Monday's podcast/blog and make sure you do the lists that are talked about...THIS IS IMPORTANT!
Secondly, it is vitally important for you to GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT! What is really important in your life? How important is it? What is the MOST important thing in your life? Once you have set some priorities (why not make a list of the top 10?) You see, when we try to live our lives in conflict with the important things in our lives, we will always be unhappy and often just plain miserable! By the way, have you done the list talked about in yesterday's blog yet? If not - DO IT NOW! Again, this is important!
So, now you have made a choice to be happy! You have made a list of your priorities after giving this a lot of thought. You now can look at your list and SEE and KNOW what, indeed, IS the most important thing(s) in your life, right?
The other day I watched the Disney-Pixar movie, "Up". And yes, I highly recommend this movie to you - yes you, even as an adult! Anyway, in the movie (now this is going to sound strange if you've not seen the movie) the dogs have an apparatus attached to them that allows them to "talk" or to have their thoughts heard. It's quite fun to "listen" to them talk about something only to be distracted in the middle of a thought with...."SQUIRREL!"
How many of us are like that? How many get distracted very easily at other things going on around them? How many times have you set out with a new list of "new year's resolutions" only to see them go by the wayside in a month or two?
Perhaps it would be good for us to look at the word, "resolution" and break it down to it's base word - RESOLVE. The verb usage of the word means: "to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine" and the noun usage of the word means: "a resolution or determination made, as to follow some course of action. firmness of purpose or intent; determination."
Have the determination - the RESOLVE - to stick to your priorities! Do NOT allow anyone or anything to distract you from your focus, your determination, your resolve!
Yes, this will take discipline - which most of us lack. Why not work in this area of discipline while sticking to your priorities!
Easier said than done? Yes! But, in tomorrow's podcast and final blog for the year I will share with you the final, secret ingredient of this formula for happiness.
You DON'T want to miss it!
Now, while you think about that...
"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"

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