Choose to be Happy

As I complete this series of posts, I remind you that they started with me saying: in the everyday struggle for you to accomplish the things you want in your life and in your business, I offer you a possibly new strategy to accelerate the process of manifesting your desires: focus on your feelings! Specifically, I suggested that you focus every day on being happy, which is really all most people want anyway.

I then pointed out the unfortunate statistic that for the average person, 80% of their habitual thoughts are negative and that is the root cause of so many being unhappy. Again, the real problem with being unhappy is that it just causes you to create circumstances to support you in being unhappy. Then, when those circumstances occur, you use them to justify your unhappiness and the vicious cycle continues.

As we wrap up, here’s something to think about. If you are reading this, you have a computer, you likely have a home to live in, clothes to wear, food in your frig and money in your pocket. If that’s the case, you are one of the lucky ones on the planet. Yet, do you wake every day saying “another day in paradise!” Likely not. Do you leap out of bed ready to tackle another amazing day? I also suspect likely not. It’s crazy. 25% of the people in the USA are depressed. There are more anti-depressants and drugs sold in the USA than the rest of the world combined. So if you’re not thrilled with your life and you’re tired of the price you pay for that, consider the following:

80% of the people on the planet live in poverty, 70% are illiterate, and 50% suffer from hunger and malnutrition. 90% of the population has an annual income of $25,000 US or less, 1% has a university degree and only 1% own a computer. One billion people each day do not have access to clean, fresh water and unbelievably, 2.4 billion do not have access to a toilet.

If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death due to starvation, you are better off than 500 million people who have experienced some or all of those things.

If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion people. If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.

So, stop complaining. No more blaming, criticizing or moaning. Those activities turn you into a victim. The ONLY way to have a great life and a great business is to realize that you already have a great life and a great business and if you understand the statistics I just quoted, you’ll know why I say that. As Barbara DeAngelis says in her wonderful book Real Moments, “happiness is a choice you make in each moment about how you experience that moment, not a state you one day achieve.”

If you can use some help getting on with being happy, you might want to get a copy of my audio lecture “Living a Life you Love,” available at www.UnshackledLeadership.com. Also, if you would like a wonderful PowerPoint presentation containing all of the statistics I quoted above, send me an e mail at scott@unshackledleadership.com with “global village” in the subject line and I’ll send it to you.