Having discussed the first four of the 7 Decisions That Determine Personal Success, we will now talk about the fifth Decision: “Today I Choose To Be Happy.”
These decision are found in the book, The Traveler’s Gift, by Andy Andrews.
The previous 4 Decisions are here for your review:
And now, the fifth of the 7 Decisions That Determine Personal Success is: Today I Choose To Be Happy!
“Our very lives are fashioned by choice.”
First we make choices, then our choices make us. Think about that.
Complaining is an activity – like any other activity – and we can choose to do it or not to do it.Why complain about our circumstances when there is no need to do so – it is our choice.
Appreciation and gratitude are also choices. If we look, we can find the positives in our lives.
Whenever we become aware that we are experiencing a negative mood – disappointment, frustration, anger for example – we can right then and there make a decision to be happy.
How is that done? Some people do the “mirror work” such as looking at themselves in the mirror and saying, Right now, I choose to be happy.” If that’s too big a jump, then , “Right now I choose to appreciate my cup of coffee.”
Some people just laugh. Did you ever do that – make yourself laugh for no reason other than to just laugh? That act alone will help us to change emotional direction and raise our vibration.
How we are – How we BE – is a combination of the books we read, the thoughts we entertain, the people whose company we keep and choose to listen to. So choosing the books we read, the movies we watch, the company we keep can make a huge difference in our lives.
What’s inside us determines our greatness. We choose what goes inside us.
If a situation or circumstance that we are experiencing is distasteful and undesirable, we need not despair and allow ourselves to get stuck in that space. We can instead deny the finality of it and acknowledge that it will pass.
Vision and Dreams
And that’s where our vision and dreams come in. When we hit an emotional “speed bump” and we take the steps mentioned above to change those thoughts, we can also go to our vision board — look at the image of our vision and allow ourselves to viscerally feel what it’s like to be in our vision – bring it out of the future and into the present so we can experience it in the NOW.
“Life is a privilege…to live life to the fullest is a choice!”
Happiness need not waft in and out of our lives. It is a choice – the end result of purposefully chosen thoughts and activities which elicit a chemical reaction in our bodies. Happiness is under our control.
If we laugh for 7 seconds when we awake in the morning, we stimulate those chemicals in our bodies and that creates a feeling of enthusiasm for the day.
With that enthusiasm comes excitement – a combination that attracts people to us.
Keep in mind that “A grateful spirit removes the cloud of despair.”
Through our choices, we can be happy — the fifth of the 7 Decisions That Determine Personal Success.
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