Your “Open Sesame” to Happiness!
By J. Speer-Williams
For ages many people have sought happiness without ever knowing the foolproof, two-step method for finding all the joy they would ever want.
Perhaps some of those seekers had even stumbled across this fail-safe way to greater happiness, but dismissed it all as being too simple to work. While the two steps of this method are simple enough, it is the execution of its dual process that will determine one’s level of success in the attainment of their own happiness.
You might be surprised to find out that the Open Sesame to your own personal happiness is the elegantly simple, two-fold process of Goal Setting and Attainment.
Warning: Please never make happiness your goal, as happiness is no more than the result of someone making good progress toward a known goal they have set knowingly or unknowingly.
Make your road to happiness a high-speed expressway.
Once we accomplish one of our personal goals, we are usually roaringly flooded with a good deal of short-lived euphoria, which is shortly followed by an emotional comedown.
Why should we suffer such a letdown?
The steady accomplishment of the goal that had kept us so happy no longer exists. There is no more goal toward which we can make steady progress.
Once a personal goal is accomplished, we would be wise to establish a new one.
I think you will agree that this sure-fire method of achieving happiness is certainly uncomplicated. And for those who effectively apply it, this method for attaining happiness is profoundly powerful. Simply put, making progress on your personal goals is inherently fundamental to your happiness.
Intrinsic to our universe, however, are the dual polarities of positive and negative. This means that anything that can make you happy also carries the potential of rendering you terribly unhappy. How could this be? By you setting your heart and soul on an unworthy, or unattainable, unrealistic goal.
While it is laudable to have the goal of there being no more starving children in our world, how realistic is it for that to occur, at least, in your lifetime?
Also please keep your goals personal. Perhaps the greatest potential for unhappiness lurking in the goal-setting process occurs when our purposes involve trying to fundamentally bring about some kind of change in someone else especially in our associates, friends, relatives, parents, children, wives, husbands, or other loved ones.
In truth, the process of trying to override the freewill of another being is heavily fraught with much peril, as are the clearly negative intentions to damage anyone. Such unworthy goals and intentions should be avoided at all costs, at all times.
Without setting positive, challenging, but realistically attainable, goals happiness will always be largely beyond our reach.
In order to get into the practice of setting goals, begin with small but ethical projects you can surely accomplish given the proper motivation. Then progress to more viable goals ones you are certain would bring you happiness … if accomplished.
I have an idea of a relatively small goal you could accomplish if you so choose. How about starting with this book you are now holding in your hands? What if you were to set the goal for yourself of coming up with at least one brand new realization of life for each chapter of this volume?
Do you you think your progress of such a goal would be of any benefit to you? Do you think you could derive a degree of happiness from your success at such an endeavor?
I hope so. But in any case, I believe you are able to fashion your life along the lines you choose. And, I am confident that you will choose wisely.
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