Episode 29: The Secret of Happiness

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“Alright, the secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it.” ~ Robin Sharma from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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The Secret of Happiness

“Alright, the secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it.” ~ Robin Sharma from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

We’ll get right to the point here: WHAT DO YOU TRULY LOVE?!?

And what % of your energy are you putting towards it?!?

I truly love ______________________________________________________________

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I dedicate ____ % of my energy to doing what I truly love.

How’s it lookin’?

You know what you love?

If you do know what you love, how much of your energy are you investing in it? You need to take more risks and give yourself more fully to the world?!? What can you start doing NOW to invest more energy where it needs to go?!?

Remember Goethe who advised us: “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” (See my Notes on The 80/20 Principle for full chat.)

And Maslow. He said, “What you CAN be, you MUST be.” AND, he said, “If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.” So...)

If you don’t know what you love, DISCOVERING it is your primary job. Figure it out. Passionately and joyfully seek to discover your Highest Calling. Read, journal, meditate, contemplate, discuss ideas, take a sabbatical. Whatever you need to do. KNOW THYSELF. Know who you are, what you love, what you’re here to do. And... DO IT!

(btw: If you like ‘em, read these Notes and actually DO all the exercises in them (*guarantee* you when you do that you’ll be more on purpose and excited about life--by a factor of 10--then ever before). And, if you’re diggin’ Robin, get his book(s), check out his site (robinsharma.com), read all his blogs, etc. As Joseph Campbell says quoting Ramakrishna, “Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond.”)

So, what will happen when you put all your energy into that which you love? Per Robin:

You will wake up every morning with a limitless reservoir of energy and enthusiasm. All your thoughts will be focused on your definite objective.. You won’t have time to waste time. Valuable mental power will, therefore, not be wasted on trifling thoughts. You will automatically erase the worry habit and become far more effective and productive. Interestingly, you will also have a deep sense of inner harmony, as if you are somehow being guided to realize your mission. It is a wonderful feeling.”

So, get on that. (Pretty, please. :)

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