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Positive Thinking Leads To Success!

The Practice of Happiness
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?

The Practice of Happiness
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!

The Practice of Happiness
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!

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

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

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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Stop Blocking Your Own Happiness

The Practice of Happiness
The Dozen Core Components To Creating Abundant Happiness (Part 5 of 14)

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Letting Go Of Happiness Blocks

For a moment let’s talk about some of those things that we can stop doing that interfere with ourselves and with our relationships. If you remember one of the things the Mayo Clinic said is we need to have rich relationships. These blocks we will discuss here get in the way of your relationships with other people, and may get in the way of a good relationship inside of you, with you.

Remember there are really only two kinds of conflict–external and internal. Conflicts inside of you, with you, and conflicts between you and others. Happiness in life, personal and professional, is often a matter of letting go of discontents and issues (getting rid of some things) as well as adding in positives or others.
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Your Goals Need to be Meaningful

The Practice of Happiness
The Dozen Core Components To Creating Abundant Happiness (Part 4 of 14)

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Goals & Purpose

The Mayo Clinic went on to say that for greater happiness we have to find our purpose. People who strive for goals, they have a mission, they have a purpose, they have a reason to be alive. Whether it’s growing a garden, doing a good job at work, raising a family, growing spiritually, enhancing your community – those types of individuals are happier than those who don’t have such aspirations.

In a Sanskrit poem called “Salutations to the Dawn” the ending of it says, “Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow only a vision, but today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

Find purpose. Move toward that purpose. Carry it with you in every word you say, in every action you take. Having goals provides a sense of direction, it gives us targets. It bolsters who we are so we achieve. It brings people together and helps us work as a community to achieve those things that are beneficial.
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