This past weekend I spoke at a church and talked about how I am not responsible for the happiness of others. In fact, many people get married with the idea of, “it’s my job to make my spouse happy.” And what happens over time is one or both individuals in the marriage is tragically un-happy. We will drive ourselves crazy trying to please others and make them happy. Therefore, we need to accept the fact we are responsible for creating our own happiness. Today I will be starting a new series of posts on some elements you can add to your life NOW to create your own happiness.
How To Create Happiness
Element 1: Don’t Be Lazy
After reading this post I want you to grab a sheet of paper or a journal and jot down some “doable” projects you can get done in the next month. Projects you have been putting off; like organizing the basement of garage, a landscaping project, gardening project, improvement on a hobby or are of personal interest, volunteering at the local non-profit, etc.
Come up with five doable projects and prioritize them. Put the five projects in order of importance and then create a time-line for doing them. Several years ago I had a junk room that needed to be organized. It was a brutal project because I had stuffed all kinds of junk in the room for a few years – it almost felt overwhelming. Well, I made a plan to get it down in a week and I made a commitment to dedicate 1 hour a day (and only one hour) for the next five days to organizing. It took me three days. I felt proud about the accomplishment and I was happy I did it – I created a new space to use.
What is the project you are putting off that you know you need to complete?
Give me a call and let me help you prioritize your list of projects and create a plan for getting them done.