Are you still waiting for your circumstances to change before you’ll allow yourself to be happy?

Most of us have preconceived ideas of what would make us happy, and we refuse to be satisfied until those things happen.

The challenge with this way of thought is that, even when that specific action, situation, or "special thing" happen, oftentimes, we are rarely satisfied with them! Instead, we shift our focus to something even bigger and better, believing “it” will make us happy (or happier). We never allow ourselves to reach a point of contentment. Have you done the same thing to yourself?

The good news is that YOU CAN DECIDE to BE, BECOME, and/or be a HUMAN BEING in your "Happy" Right NOW! – even everything is not perfect within your life.

Below you’ll find 3 easy ways to shift your paradigm toward this thought:

1) Be grateful.
Gratitude is one of the most powerful states of mind that you can adopt. Not only does it make you feel good, it shifts your focus toward aspects within your life that you DO HAVE, and keeps it there! As you focus more on what you are grateful to have in your life (even the really small blessings!), you worry less about anything that may be lacking. The result? A more pervasive sense of happiness!

2) Take time to smell the tiger lilies.
If you spend most of your days feeling rushed and scattered, it’s hard to feel happy and content. In order to be truly happy, you need to make time for yourself to relax, dream, and take pleasure in life’s simpler moments. Beginning today, make sure to spend time doing things you love on a regular basis. Read books that stimulate your imagination; listen to great music; take long walks, and generally make an effort to enjoy your life as it is right now.

3) Fall in love with YOUR JOURNEY.
Many of us make the mistake of pinning all of our expectations on some vague, far-off result, like the completion of goals. We believe that once we “get there” everything will be perfect and we’ll finally be happy. However, there is much to be gained from enjoying the journey TO your destination! Make it your mission to revel in every moment that you’re working toward higher goals. Enjoy the sense of self-mastery and accomplishment you gain with every goal you achieve. Make it a worthwhile journey and you’ll savor the end result that much more!

The most important thing to understand about happiness is that it is largely a CHOICE YOU MAKE FROM MOMENT TO MOMENT. Though certain serious situations make it difficult to feel happy at times, most often we allow the little things to bother us and block any happiness we would otherwise feel.

Embrace happiness, and it will grow to monstrous proportions in your life!

As Always,
Love YOUR LIFE! | Achieve YOUR GOALS! | Live YOUR DREAMS…on THIS DAY! ™ -Ivana, The Confidence Architect™
Confidence & Prosperity Lifestyle Coach to Success Driven Women

Author's Bio: 

Known as The Confidence Architect™, V. Ivana Foster, M.Ed, is a successful business owner, author, empowerment speaker, and Certified Life Coach specializing in Subconscious Restructuring® and Confidence Coaching for individual, singles, couples and groups.

As an interactive, evidence-based, solution-focused coach, Ivana's coaching approach consist of providing support and practical feedback to help clients move aggressively and effectively towards their goals, desires, dreams, and ultimate life passion. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. With over 20 years experience as a life coach she currently serves as private practitioner partnering with a broad spectrum of clients.

Dedicated to the Excellence of Women everywhere, Ivana authored, 'Confident About Confidence: 30-Days of Growth and Enhancement for Success Driven Women' to share with those Success Driven Women desiring to Aggressively follow their “North Star” in their Quest for Excellence, Success, and Abundance.

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