It seems most people today are on an eternal search for the magic era of their lives in which they will finally be happy. Are you one of those people? Here’s a quick test.

Have you ever said to yourself one of these things:
“I’ll be happy when I get engaged.”
“I’ll be happy when I get married.”
“I’ll be happy when our first kid is born.”
“I’ll be happy when my divorce is final.”
“I’ll be happy when I start my new business.”
“I’ll be happy when I retire.”

The words, “I’ll be happy,” seem to start a lot of sentences, but for some reason, when those moments come, people are never happy. Why? Because most people are always living for, or fearing, the future. Worse yet, they are always living in the past.

There are basically three types of people:

1. Those who regret the past or live in the past.
People who live in the past are wasting time. One of my favorite sayings is, “The past is a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.” It’s okay to remember the good times, but don’t get so lost in them that you ignore the present.

2. Those who worry about the future that never comes.
The majority of people tend to fret a future event. And let’s face it, most of the time the worry we build up over how something is going to happen is never as bad as the actual event. So why do we keep worrying about things? Why do we keep telling ourselves, “Someday I will be happy.”

3. Those who live in the present moment.
The people who live in the present moment all the time have found happiness in the little things. Think about a time when you were the happiest recently. Perhaps it was on a trip to Vegas, as you and your husband dined at the Eifel Tower restaurant. For that hour, you were completely happy. Why? Because for that hour, you were enjoying the moment around you.

A few months ago I issued a 30 Day Challenge to each of you to seize or create the magic moment in each day. If you missed that challenge, you can find daily suggestions here.

I explain this concept in more detail in my new e-book, Design the Life You Deserve. In the book, you will learn how to create magic moments and build a life where you plan for the future. You make that plan on lessons from the past, and you create steps to find success in every single minute of life.

Download your copy of the book today.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Tim Reynolds founded Living Every Minute in 2009 to allow him to share his passion for finding success in every minute with others. He dedicates countless hours each week to helping other people change their lives through mentoring, life building, giving inspirational talks and writing for his free weekly newsletter.

Life wasn't always the picture of perfection it is now for Dr. Tim. In fact, he was the first member of his family to graduate high school. He joined the military shortly after graduation, where he graduated from the Special Forces Q-course in July of 1982. He served as a Green Beret medic on an A-Team, as the Battalion medic and eventually as a Special Forces Battalion Surgeon for the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He served both enlisted and as an officer for 17 years.

After getting out of the military, Dr. Tim decided he wanted to go to college to be a doctor. His guidance counselor told him he was too old. He would be 32 before he finished his degree. He told her, "I'm going to be 32 either way." He went on to graduate college with honors.

It was his passion for helping people that inspired him to become a medical doctor, and in 1993 he graduated Summa Cum Laude with an MD degree from the University of Utah. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Texas A&M Scott and White in 1996 and is board certified in emergency medicine. He is the managing partner for HealthCARE Express, a group of urgent care clinics rapidly expanding across the United States.

Prior to starting HealthCARE Express in 2006, Dr. Tim held numerous positions across the medical field, including: medical director of the Wadley Regional Medical Center Emergency Department and level II trauma center; president of E-Med Services, LLP and of E-Med Billing Solutions, LLP; associate clinical professor for the Area Health Education Center at the University of Arkansas; and founding member of the Greater People’s Clinic of Texarkana Board of Directors.

In addition to his medical experience, Dr. Tim is also an entrepreneur and successful businessman. He is currently the chief executive officer of TL Reynolds Properties, LLP, a real estate investment company; and he is a managing partner of JJET Developments Ltd., a real estate development company.

Dr. Tim has served on numerous other committees and boards throughout both the medical and business communities and is published in various journals and publications. He is sought after as a presenter at many national conferences.

In his leisure time, Dr. Tim enjoys spending time on his Ranch in Atlanta, Texas, where he lives with his beautiful wife, Pam, and their five amazing children. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, is a SCUBA rescue diver, and a pilot. He also enjoys body building, golf, and hiking.

Dr. Tim is a world traveler, having visited over 40 countries on six of the seven continents. He is a firm believer in Living Every Minute of life and teaching others to do the same.

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