What is your idea of success?
If the purpose of life is to achieve happiness why don’t we make it our practice so that we are guaranteed to attain this?
Success is generally measured by the outcome of our efforts, but may I suggest we also measure success by our input. By doing this, as long as you are working towards success, you are probably going to encounter it.
Aristotle explains it like this:
Men generally agree that the highest good attainable by action is happiness, and identify living well and doing well with happiness.
To become happy we need to learn the characteristics of a successful person and practice the habits of a virtuous person. We need to take inventory of our character so we can fix the deficiencies. Work on your character on the inside, which will help you to become successful on the outside.
How can you set up your life so you feel happiness every day?
- Happiness can be found in doing what you enjoy
- Spend time with ones you love
- Pursue your passion
- Live in accordance with your values
- Use your gifts to achieve your life’s mission
Live your life with no regrets. Look at the end result and make each small decision to consciously work toward that goal. Start with the end in mind.
I don’t think of work as work and play as play. It’s all living.Richard Branson
Richard Branson, billionaire founder of the Virgin Group, is dyslexic. He got kicked out and failed to graduate from high school. He did not let this define him and became an entrepreneur at age 16. What keeps him going now is his passion for life and mixing the boundaries of work and play.
Happiness occurs from a state of mind not from what is happening in the world. The time to be happy is now!
Ask yourself, “How can I experience more happiness every day? How can I bring my passion into my work?“ Focus on pleasing yourself not others. Enjoy the little things because one day you’re going to realize they were the big things.