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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Take the First Step In Your Journey

Here are a few things you can expect to encounter on your path to a happier life.

Are you a Joe Schmoe?
We've been taught all of our lives to think a certain way. We're supposed to be kind and stay close to our biological families. We're supposed to help everyone in our path. We're supposed to be social creatures without regard to our true feelings. We're also supposed to go to school, earn a degree, get a job, get married, raise a family, and live according to our pre-determined religions. Does that sound like the life you really want or would you prefer to live by your own rules and find your true happiness? I don't know, maybe this is your path to true happiness, but if you're anything like me it just won't do.

Are you really ready for this?
Just so you know, this journey is not going to be easy. You're going to have to do some things that you've been conditioned to believe are wrong or bad. You're going to have to let go of some people who have been in your life for a long time. You're going to have to use your creativity and resourcefulness to make things happen that are seemingly out of your control. You're going to have to erase your labels and roles and focus on living in the present with guidance from the future. You think you're ready for this? You have no idea! This way of life if not for those who seek comfort. There will be many times you will feel uncomfortable but that's supposed to happen in order to break free from social conditioning.

So, are you ready to begin? If not, don't force it. Your negativity will ruin the effect. If you're wondering why you're even thinking about trying this, my answer to you is, why not? If you're in an unhappy place wondering if things will ever turn around for you, I say give it a try. I can't promise this will work for you and I can't promise it won't either. It's like trying out different diets until you find the one that works for you. This diet happens to be FREE and at the end you can at least be able to say you gave it your best shot. Don't you think you owe it to yourself to try anything to increase happiness in your life? I do. You are soooooo worth it. We all are. If you are not ready, you can leave. If you are ready, let's keep going.

A note before you begin
These activities are listed in order of importance so if you are following along, make sure you do so in order. Not everyone will be in the same point on their journey at the same time. This is not a race. Take your time and use your best judgement when working on finding your true happiness. In order to track your progress and allow help from others, I suggest you start a journal either online or on paper. However, it will be easier to get help from those around you if you chart your path online. An online journal simply allows you to receive multiple points of view when trying to get advice on certain situations that may arise. Other than that, we're ready to go.

Outline of the journey to a happy life
This list serves as a simple outline of what you can expect while working toward achieving happiness in your life. Each of these steps will be described in much greater detail as time passes and will probably need more than one post to fully explain.

  1. Change your attitude
  2. Love yourself
  3. Imagine your happy ending
  4. Select your life values
  5. Edit your life
  6. Create short term goals
I encourage you to take notes, bookmark this page, or subscribe to this blog because this is going to be your guide if you choose to follow along. You are welcome to come back here for pointers if you get stuck along the way. We also depend on you to share your advice with others who may need help getting untangled. If you know someone who you think might need this, send them a link and let them know you care about their happiness. Stay tuned for each step and be warned... Once this ride starts, it's not going to stop and you might find it difficult to get off :) Good luck on your path and I hope to see you in comments.

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