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Don’t Wait For It – Create Your Own Happiness!

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The Practice of Happiness
The Dozen Core Components To Creating Abundant Happiness (Part 13 of 14)


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Be Here Now – Present

One of the last tips is you need to be present enough to enjoy the journey. You need to be good company to yourself. You need to be okay being alone. You need to be okay with what you’re doing. You need to find balance between planning and doing. You need to find when life is good, enjoy it. You need to find those positive little moments that enrich you and make you feel good about who you are and what you’re doing.

Don’t go look for something better every other moment. Happiness doesn’t come that way, it’s here already. Find the enjoyment in the moment, find the enjoyment in the doing, find the enjoyment in your circumstances where you are right now, no matter what they are.
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Surround Your Self With The Right People

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The Practice of Happiness
The Dozen Core Components To Creating Abundant Happiness (Part 12 of 14)


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Surround Your Self With The Right People

I mentioned something about this before. Who are you choosing to be around? Are you choosing to be around motivated, excited, happy people who are going places, doing things, achieving what they want? Or are you hanging out with people who are always whining and complaining about stuff? You may say “Well the person that I’m around that’s whining at me all the time is my mother, or is my friend, or is my brother.” So?!?!

You can either help them grow, change, evolve, see a new perspective, or you can choose to get sucked into their dramas. Either way you need to spend more time with the right people, the positive, the energized, the happy people. Don’t give part-time people a full time position in your life. You still may want to spend part of your time with those people who are in distress, but don’t spend all of your time with them. Why? Because it will drag you down.
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Positive Thinking Leads To Success!

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The Dozen Core Components To Creating Abundant Happiness (Part 11 of 14)


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Patience Is Required

Have you ever seen that cartoon where there’s a vulture sitting in a tree beside another vulture? One turns to the other and says, “Patience! I’m going to kill something!”

Well don’t rush things, practice patience. Keep a good attitude for working hard for what you believe in. When the time is right it’s going to happen, but you’ve got to keep moving. You’ve got to keep working, you have to keep putting one foot in front of another and just going for it. Never give up, never give in, just keep going.
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What Are You Willing To Fight For?

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The Dozen Core Components To Creating Abundant Happiness (Part 10 of 14)


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The Power of Heart

Another characteristic of those people who are happy is they put their heart into their work. Whatever you’re doing, do it with joy, do it with power, do it with energy, do it with focus, make it the best you can. Give it the best shot you have. I don’t care what it is, even if it’s something that’s mundane give it the best you have at that moment in time. You’ll feel better about it, it improves your self-esteem, it makes you feel more enriched because you know you did your best.
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True Success Is A Competition With Yourself!

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The Dozen Core Components To Creating Abundant Happiness (Part 9 of 14)


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Focus On You, Not On Them

You also to ignore what everybody else is doing and achieving. You’re not them.

Now you can do really well what you do, but you’re not them, and you have to do your own way. Your life is about breaking your own limits. Growing, to be your best in your own life. You’re not in competition with anybody else, you’re in competition with you.

Those athletes who are the most successful, they strive, they work, they go out and they compete like crazy. But the real competition, if you talk to most of them, is inside of themselves for improving their own game to be better at who they are.
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Let Your Fear Guide You – Not Stop You!

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The Practice of Happiness
The Dozen Core Components To Creating Abundant Happiness (Part 8 of 14)


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Block: Fear Projections

If you have fears (and we all do) you may need to find ways beyond them. Your fears can guide you.

A fear to me is a warning sign. It’s like at a traffic stop light, there’s green which means go. There’s yellow which means pay attention, this is a warning, the lights going to change, so pay attention, you’re being warned. Red means stop. Fear, in many cases, is a yellow light. It’s telling you something is going on, something is going to change, so pay attention.
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Negative Thinking Can Block Your Success

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The Practice of Happiness
The Dozen Core Components To Creating Abundant Happiness (Part 7 of 14)


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Block: Being A Criticizer

Another one of those ‘not to dos’ is criticizing.

Yes, you’re smarter. Yes you have more experience. Of course you’ve been around longer, and you’ve climbed more mountains, and you’ve slain more dragons than anybody else around you. But that doesn’t necessarily make you more brilliant–that just makes you unique.

You are different, you’re one of a kind, but just like you, everyone else has opinions and thoughts and ways of working as well. People are different, they’re not better or worse, they’re just different. Appreciate some of those differences.

Instead of shortcomings you’ll see yourself and your people in a better light. Criticizing another is really tough. Now giving positive feedback can be of high, high benefit. Which is very different than criticizing, blaming, putting down, making fun of.
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Manipulating And Control Are Not To Your Benefit

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The Practice of Happiness
The Dozen Core Components To Creating Abundant Happiness (Part 6 of 14)


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Block: Interrupting Others

Interrupting isn’t just rude, it’s like saying what others are saying doesn’t really matter. “I’m not listening to you so I can say what I want to say.” “I’m not going to listen to you because what I have is more important than what you have.”

When you interrupt people you’re really putting them down. How many times have you been having a conversation with someone and while they’re talking, in your mind something pops up that you’ve just got to say. And you either interrupt them or you really strongly want to interrupt them. What you’ve basically done is stopped listening. Instead of taking in their message then saying “Okay, and here’s another perspective….” Or “Oh really, that’s interesting, and here’s something I’ve thought also.”

Do we do that? No, we interrupt people. We cut them off. We refuse to listen to them because we have this other thing that’s more important. Want people to like you? Listen! You need to be interested, not just interesting.
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