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Happy Before, Happy During, Happy After

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Living your life powered by purpose, driven towards a vision of a perfect life is intended to create joyful moments throughout your life. It is not meant to drive you to never-ending work, or a lack of satisfaction with anything but the achievement of your goals.

Living your life focused on your purpose, vision, and goals has the danger of leaving us discontented. Without gratitude, it can feel as if we won’t ever be happy unless we achieve every piece of our vision.

Don’t let this happen to you!

Take time every day to appreciate the little things around you. Express your appreciation for your loved ones. Tell your co-workers how grateful you are for their support. Enjoy the beauty of nature that is around us every day.

When you are grateful for the things you have, the people around you, and the experiences you encounter, every moment can be a moment filled with excitement, appreciation, and contentment.

While our vision and our goals are focused on the future, life happens as a series of “now’s.” It is our job to make the most of these moments and to appreciate them as they come. We can chase our goals for our entire life without feeling a moment of satisfaction, or we can chase our goals and feel immense satisfaction in every moment of our entire life.

Dwelling on the past or worrying about the future are fool’s games. You deserve better than to waste your precious time thinking about things that you cannot affect. Every second that we spend worrying about the past or the future are current moments that we could have been enjoying.

The process in this book is a proven formula. If you follow it and believe in it, you will succeed, and that success will make incredibly happy. However, if that achievement of goals is the only thing that you allow to make you happy, you’ll end up miserable.

The process of setting and achieving goals is a life long one. When you’ve accomplished something, you’ll naturally want to move on to the next thing. Therefore, if the accomplishment of goals is what you decide will make you happy, you’ll always be left searching for more.

You can chase happiness, and choose to be happy with your life regardless of what you do, but you were put on this earth for a purpose, and without pursuing it, you will come to a point in your life when you’ll regret that decision. Happiness without achievement is unfulfilling. It leaves us with a sense of wanting more.

Be happy now. Enjoy the process of living your purpose and chasing your dreams. Be happy with whatever results you achieve. Then keep working. A life of achievements without happiness is also unfulfilling. This is like chasing after the wind. As soon as you think you’ve got it, it’ll be gone.

As human beings, we need both. The good news is, both can exist at the same time. Allow yourself to be content with whatever life has dealt you right now, chase your dreams with a sense of wonder and excitement, and be grateful for whatever results you achieve.

Have a joyful day!

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