You want to be happy. You’re dreaming of being happy. With your whole body and soul, you yearn to find happiness … true lasting happiness … the happiness that you know deep down in your heart has the potential to set you free.
Yet, when you’re put to the test of what you’re willing to do to be happier, you throw up one objection after the next. You put limits on what you’re willing to risk and how far you’re willing to venture outside your comfort zone.
Maybe you’re not happy with your job or your career choice, yet you’re afraid to take the step to find another one. Perhaps you wish you had more love in your life, yet you stay home night after night, never varying from your oh-so-comfortable routine. Or, maybe you long to live in financial freedom, yet you fail to break the patterns that could help remedy your situation … such as going back to school to get more training or eliminating spending on non-essentials that would release you from your debt trap.
What Would It Really Take to Be Happier Right Now?
Are you lazy? Heck no, at least I doubt that’s it. Are you frightened to make a change? Bingo! That’s the ultimate truth for most people.
We get so comfortable with our habits, even when they’re no longer serving us, that we simply don’t want to risk taking a leap; We fear that rather than leading us to greater happiness, we’ll experience greater pain instead. So we stay stuck in the middle … we might even make excuses for why there’s nothing we can do about our lot, though deep inside we know those excuses aren’t true.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.” – Paulo Coehlo
Now, I don’t have a magic cure-all for life happiness. What I do know, though, is that when I’m unhappy in a situation and I am brave enough to take some steps outside my comfort zone, I always benefit in some way.
The feeling of the fear was far worse than the actual pain involved with taking that new step. Does it always work out as I expect? No. There are no guarantees — that’s why they call it taking a risk. Yet, when I allow my heart to lead me, I end up in a better place. I’m more confident which allows me to keep going forward into new zones where I often find greater peace and fulfillment and a sense of wonder and joy that I would not have found otherwise.
Perhaps the one thing you need to do in your life to find greater happiness is to do something that you’re afraid of, yet something that you feel called to do. Trust that inner voice and the navigation signals it is sending to you. Be brave enough to venture into the unknown and perhaps you, too, will find a greater sense of happiness in your life than you’ve ever known before.
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Discussion questions — What fears hold you back? Have you ever taken a step outside your comfort zone that led you to more happiness? What would you be willing to give up to expand the joy and happiness in your life? Leave your ideas and thoughts in the “SPEAK YOUR MIND” section below.