There’s nothing wrong with the desire for growth, expansion, and ambition. But if you think your happiness and success lie in the future you may just be frustrating yourself in the present.
The Key to Happiness and Success is Now, In the Present Moment
The problem with working to be happy or successful in the future is that happiness and success only exist in the present moment.
That confuses us because we know that the present moment was created by our past decisions and actions, so if we don’t feel happy or successful now we assume the solution is to make better decisions and to take different actions to create a “better” future.
This logic is flawed.
We can know it’s flawed because we are always able to justify, explain, and defend our choices and actions, as much now as in the past. Yet we still think we can “do better”.
The real root of the problem is not in the decisions we make, but in how we make our decisions – our context.
If your underlying context for decision making is clouded by frustration, anger, or fear your decisions will yield more frustration, anger, and fear.
But, if you can change your context and allow yourself to make decisions out of happiness, success, love, and strength your actions will yield more happiness, success, love, and strength.
If you can allow yourself happiness, success, love, and strength now, recognize where in your current situation you have those things, and be grateful for them even as they are now, you will set a solid foundation for growth. These are your seeds that will grow into a bounty of happiness, success, love, and strength tomorrow and forever.
In this video I referenced the episode in which I ask, Are You an Alchemist? Or a Gardener? I highly recommend it, especially if you like this episode.
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P.S. If you liked the tips provided in this episode you might also get value from my free report, 3 Steps to Increasing the Value of Your Time.