Christmas has passed and the gifts have been handed out, the old year has gone and the new year come. Hopefully you’ve found some cheer in giving and receiving this year and are open to all that this new year has for you.
Today I want to start the year with a very simple concept, one that we spent most of December talking about: joy. I want 2015 to be a good year for us! A year that we’re proud of who we are and what we’ve done and of the people in our lives. A year that we’ve had a positive impact on those around us and we’re pleased with the overall result when we get to another December 31st. I’ll reveal our theme for the year next week, but I wanted to start the year off with just a few points about joy and being happy.
Joy, happiness, these are choices. If we don’t make the choice to be happy no one else will or can make the choice for us.
Second, in order to have joy and happiness you have to know what you want. If you don’t know what will make you happy you’ve got the awesome opportunity to try out a bunch of fun things until you do figure out what might make you happy for a while.
Third, you have to take action to get and keep what you want. Maybe this means long hours at work, maybe this means more time at home, maybe this means a massage every week. Are you courageous enough to go after what you want?
Finally, once you know what makes you happy and you’ve got it, you have to take the time to enjoy it. Way too many of us get wrapped up in the journey and forget to enjoy what we have or what we’ve accomplished. It’s one reason I always make sure to celebrate the victories with my clients. So I invite you in this very new year to celebrate what you have in your life. Go ahead, you’ve earned it.
“There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” Logan Pearsall Smith