One of my 2015 New Year’s resolutions was to start my day with my intentions for the day. It was a small goal, but it has had a tremendous impact on my thinking and how I see the completion of tasks or desires that I want. Before I get out of bed, I say to my self how I intend the day to go, something like this: “Today I intend to be effective with each client, prosperous in my outcomes and happy in the process.”
As talk show host and author Dennis Prager says in his book, “Happiness is Serious Business” and I wanted 2015 to be focused on my happiness and not feeling overwhelmed by the many details that needed to be completed each day. I used to always think if I wrote them down I would be focused, and to some extent I was, BUT I only focused on the list of jobs and not the happiness that could go with it.
I have found, as so many others have written, that when you teach something, you as the teacher learn as well. As I have been giving my talk lately, I have seen the speech evolve as I talk more about intentions and happiness. My daily intentions, decisions and workflow have become more of a happy task and not the chore they used to be.
I intend to be happy and to complete my daily work in a “whistle while you work” fashion with a smile on my face and it has been working quite well. I shared this in a talk to a group of about 30 yesterday and afterward got many comments on how this works for others too.
Of course, like many goals there has to be gratitude during the day and at the end to add an exclamation point on your accomplishments and happiness. Without gratitude we really have don’t a concrete pleasure to hang our hat on. Gratitude is the icing on the cake, so don’t forget it.
Set your intentions, follow up with purposeful action, and be happy in the process & see where life will take you, you will be glad you did!
“Everything you want is just outside of your comfort zone.”