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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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What your goal is needs to be meaningful to you. The target goal you are working for needs to be bringing value to you and/or to another person, or another organization.

Having goals is crucial because it gives us something to live for. Align your activities with the long term meaning and purpose of your life.

Research studies suggest that relationships provide the strongest meaning of purpose to your life, so cultivate meaningful relationships. Cultivate those ones that can assist you in moving towards your goals and achieving those things you desire.

Think about–are you engaged in something you love? If not, ask yourself these questions. “What excites me?” “What energizes me?” Just because you may not be doing the most amazing job you ever could have dreamed of in your life, doesn’t mean you can’t still have enjoyment in it, but inside of that, what energizes me, what excites me about the job I am doing now? “What are my proudest achievements?” “What makes me feel best about the work I do?” “How do I want others to see me?” Or “How would I like others to remember me after they’ve gotten to know me?” It really gives more purpose and richness to your life.

Quit Waiting For The Moment

The last component the Mayo Clinic said that’s really essential to our happiness is don’t postpone joy, don’t wait. Don’t wait for the day when it’s going to be better, don’t wait to be happy when you can take that vacation in nine months. Don’t wait until the hard times you’re having right now pass. Your life may stay just as busy, you may still have stressors, you still probably have obligations, yet, you can be happy today. Things do not have to be perfect to be happy.

Happiness is a choice. Happiness is a practice. Happiness is something you can cultivate inside yourself.

Look for opportunities to savor the richness, the pleasures of everyday life. The meals, the interactions, the TV show or the reading of a book that you’ve done. The work you’ve accomplished, the things you’ve done to make your environment a little better. Focus on the positives in the present moment instead of dwelling on the past, worrying about the future, live in the present, live in the moment. Live now. Be here now. Be here at this moment in time choosing to have a positive reality. It is your choice, so step up and take it.

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