4 Simple Action Steps To Finding Happiness

4 Simple Action Steps To Finding Happiness

Clap with me if you feel happiness is the key to success in every sector of your life. It’s true! When you’re happy, your mind, body, and spirit are aligned with the universe, and all of those aspects are working together to create an extraordinary life.

Happiness is just that important to long-term success in every facet of being. So I’m going to break it down to four concepts that you can implement in your day-to-day life to create happiness and prosperity wherever you focus.


Your Vigilant Drive

    Vigilance is the action of careful observation, watchfulness, attentiveness, and mindfulness. Your vigilant drive is what makes you aware, awakens you, and keeps you on par with your purpose. On a more basic primitive level, it keeps you alive.

    So how do you find happiness with vigilance? You’ve got to create a lifestyle for yourself that puts you on a path of chasing something you desire (rather than being whipped into it). Then, the vigilance acquired on that journey is positive, pleasurable, and we’re happy to ride it all the way to the goal.


    Being on the whipped side of vigilance forcibly may still get you results, but you won’t be as happy about it when something/someone is forcefully driving you to action. This is negative vigilance. You will likely be highly stressed and unsatisfied. So, ensure your drive is fueled by positive vigilance in order to acquire happiness the right way.

    Finding Your Purpose

    This is a very important next step. Once you have recognized and started living with positive vigilance, you have initiated the journey, which will propel you to find your evolving purpose. You’ve got to be aware, alert, and open to hints that the universe sends you. If you follow those breadcrumbs, you will find your purpose because every time you pick up one of those tiny seemingly insignificant crumbs, you will instantly be filled with warmth and light. This will lead you to happiness and that feeling will continue all the way to the next breadcrumb. This is your trail to finding your purpose.


    Getting In Flow

    The crucial component to finding happiness stems straight from finding your purpose. It is the need to be “in flow”. Daniel Pink wrote a book called Drive that details this concept brilliantly.

    You don’t get in flow by doing things “you have to do”. You get in flow when you do things that fulfill you. You may need to get creative to make what fulfills your heart put food on the table, but that’s the game of life we all have to figure out.


    Being in flow is the point you reach when you’re not thinking about whatever you’re doing, you’re completely on purpose, your long-term vision is clear, you’re just in the groove doing it! When you’re in flow, taking steps is easy, and you love what you’re doing. When action doesn’t feel like work, that’s being in flow. And when you’re in flow, you’ve found joy.

    Flow accentuates the importance of happiness. If you want to be more successful and more joyful and if you want to give back to more people, those goals become an upward spiral once you’re in flow.

    My Formula To Happiness

    If you build a practise like this in your life, you’re going to be purposefully working towards a bigger and better future. Happiness is a natural byproduct of that vision. The further down the path you go, the more happiness you will find.

    1. Do something you love every day, whether it means reading, going for a run, teaching, gardening, or a combination of a couple or a few of these things.
    2. Practice gratitude. A quick and easy way to raise your happiness level is writing in a journal dedicated to things you’re grateful for each day. It works every time.
    3. Perform random acts of kindness. It’s unbelievable how performing small gestures for random people can bring you so much joy.
    4. Meditate daily. Find the kind of meditation that works for you. Yoga is a moving meditation that works for me.
    5. Exercise. The more intense your workout is, the happier you will be. It’s scientifically proven, so go for it!
    6. Be mindful. Really pay attention to what you’re doing, consciously create your life with each purposeful action.

    That’s it. Implement these concepts into your life and happiness will be yours. Now go forth and prosper!

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    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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