One of my favorite people, Julie Bauke, The Happiness Career Coach, gave me a book on Happiness as a present on International Happiness day. I already consider myself a happy person. What could I learn from a book on happiness? After reading the intro to the book, just the into, I came to several conclusions
- I could be happier
- By focusing on happiness I would become happier
- That being happier was part mind over matter, but it was also taking concrete actions
- That being happier was a worthwhile goal
I am a goal oriented person. I like having goals and accomplishing them. Like getting the gold star in manners class, there is pride in being recognized for a job well done. But as I look deeper into my goal setting habits, I found a skeleton in the closet. My goals are often shrouded by words like, should, ought to and need to. What if instead, I took on goals from the perspective of, will they make me happier?
I haven’t done it yet, but just thinking about it makes me a bit giddy. I know from experience that perspective, or intention, matters in everything in life. So changing my goal setting perspective from what should I do, to what will make my happier, could be wildly transformational!