The Emotional Diet Begins
- Do you want to be more focused?
- Do you desire romance?
- Are you hunting for fulfillment?
Go ahead and take a minute to write down the first three things that come to mind. Once you have your mini list read it over and give a little contemplation to how these top three things in your life would change your happiness levels.
Do you want more money? Many people list some sort of financial level to measure their success in life and therefore happiness. However, so often in the friends I talk with about making their lives a more vivid and joyful experience getting more money would not really solve any of the many issues in their way of a better and happier life. When you really look at what will "make" you happy money is an easy but false facilitator.
Do you want to live in a different part of the world? Many of the folks I talk to bring up the idea of moving as a means to gaining joy. The idea that moving from one place to another will move your emotional placing is common and a key to our mind's misdirection. A distraction from true ways in which to change our behaviors and ways of thinking to achieve a "diet" of happiness.
Are you hoping for a change of attitude? Our attitudes, the way we process disappointments and successes does not just change magically over night if we will it to once. This is a long term goal and one that requires a great deal of focus and self understanding, even in the harsh light of our worse selves.
Take a week per each section of your diet's list. Start and finish your goal for change of each personal concern on a Sunday. Staying organized when you are trying to succeed at change is very helpful, it will keep you focused and on track. By marking a day of the week you are focused in on getting the issue dealt with.
Depending on your job try to pick a couple weeks that will not be peak busyness so you can spend a little extra time focusing on yourself and your well being.
Once you have finished working through your three-piece diet of change program then you can keep on track by realizing the positive aftereffects. Focus on respecting the time you spent completing and handling your "diet". This can be well worth the effort. Your goal can be to increase happiness, to be mellow enough to experience the moment and to share more joy through your own open heart. You can do it, get started now.