Like it or NOT?

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How much are you enjoying your life?  Do you sometimes feel that you’re stuck in a bit of a rut?

Here is a great beginning exercise for determining whether you need to make some changes:

Take out paper and pencil:

  • Reflect on the things that you’re doing right now in your life that don’t make you happy.  Write them down and review them. Check against each and every one of them to see whether individually they have the potential to deliver greater happiness in the future. If they don’t – question why you’re doing them at all!
  • NOTE:  I am not recommending that you quit your job, sell all of your stocks, or walk away from your marriage. What I am suggesting is that you seriously evaluate your current situation based on the way things are today, rather than the way they were when you originally made the decision to engage in the activity or situation. Have the courage and honesty to face your situation squarely and deal with it as it really is and not as if you would like it would be. There are things that we do on a daily basis that are not necessarily happiness-inducers and we need to accept that as a normal part of life.  By taking an honest look at our activities, we can sometimes create plan to change our perspective and make them more enjoyable or not do them at all.
  • Create a plan to either improve or exit yourself from those activities by asking the following questions:
    • Why am I doing this?
      • If, after you have determined why you are engaging in this activity or situation and you find that you simply need to adjust your perspective and create a plan to make it more enjoyable, it’s time to develop that plan!  Stop here and write it down!
      • If, after reflecting on your why this activity or situation is not and never will serve you or anyone else,  ask the following questions:
    • How do I get out of this?
    • How fast?
    • What is my plan?

Sounds simple doesn’t it?  Warning:  Sometimes simple things are not always easy, but they are well worth it