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Life and the Pursuit of Happiness

How many of you go about your daily business on automatic pilot? Do you dread Mondays? Can you say when you last had fun?

I am a firm believer in the fact that our state of mind determines whether we are happy or discontent. It's often hard for people to grasp this concept, and their natural reaction is to dismiss the notion. How could I possibly know what a wretched work environment they have? Or maybe what a lousy relationship they are in? Or ... maybe they are miserable because they don't have anyone special in their life!

My response is that if you drive your career, your relationships, your hobbies, your life ... then you will be a much happier person! No matter what issues you have!

Most of us have to work every day ... why not do it with a smile on your face? Try it! If you are consistent, you will notice that the job isn't half as bad as it used to be. If the job truly is the issue then change your situation ... but do it proactively. Get training, work hard to get a promotion, plan on a career change or actively explore your career options. Don't just let it happen to you ... that is not living!

If you are in a relationship that isn't working ... then fix it! Work at it, or work at a new one! If you want to be in a relationship and are not, then be proactive about that situation ... get out, meet people and be an interesting person! (Interesting people do stuff, get out and have things to talk about!). It's also important to remember that just because you don't have a partner you can still enjoy life and be your own person. In fact there are very real advantages to not having to accommodate other people's needs!

Do you set goals? If not why not ... how will you know when you get "there", if you don't know where "there" is?
Do you create "To DO" lists? If not why not ... you can be so much more effective, making use of the limited time you have to achieve more. Even if your task is to relax ... doing it consciously, knowing it fits with your plan means that you can relax with a clear conscience.
Do you treat yourself? Work hard to get that sense of achievement ... but reward yourself with "toys", time or anything else that works for you.

On Friday I picked up my new motorbike ... a Kawasaki ZX14, 1352cc, almost 200 horsepower rocket that makes me smile just to think about! It was a good job I had a full face visor riding it to Kingston on Friday evening ... or I would have had mosquitoes plastered in my teeth!

I wrote a blog with some rules from Kit Grant ... go ahead, go for it!

I also wrote a blog about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People from Steve Covey. Its a two minute read ... maybe it will change your life!

Back in March I blogged about lessons I have learned about success ... maybe that will motivate you!

OK ...last one! Another favorite saying of mine is Walk Fast and Smile! Try it!

Find the joy in your life ... you are the only one that can do that for you!

"Every man dies ... not every man truly lives!" ... from the movie Braveheart