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How To Start Feeling More Happiness Right Now – Without Having To Move, Change Jobs, Get A Mate Or Go To The Gym
What if you knew how to start feeling more happiness right now – without having to move, change jobs, get a mate or go to the gym?
What if you could change your life from drab to exciting, from stuck to vitalized from listless to thrilling without spending a cent?
What if you found out it took less than 15 minutes to do?
Would you do it?
What To Do
I’m going to teach you, right here, right now, how to take your boring “To Do List” and transform it immediately into something you look forward to doing.If you’re rolling your eyes, stick with me.
I know it sounds absurd. Perhaps you’re tired of long To Do Lists that make you feel overwhelmed and busy. Perhaps you hate sitting down to write anything.
But I ask you to keep reading because it’s important.
With just four simple steps you can turn your To Do List into a powerful, unstoppable tool for creating happiness. It can improve your relationships. It can inspire you to move forward. It can make you laugh.
Here’s how you do it.
Get out a piece of paper and date it.
Simple Step #1
Where you would normally write “Things To Do” at the top of the page, write instead “Things I intend to do today”.The word “intend” is very powerful.
By using the word “intend” you are setting your intention to choose action. For many of you this simple change will be enough to greatly improve your life.
Without realizing it (or perhaps begrudgingly realizing it) you may be listing things to do with the attitude of “these things need to be done and I’m the only one who’s going to do them”.
Or you may be putting things on your To Do List without really believing you’ll succeed, not caring if you’ll succeed or generally feeling overwhelmed or under-whelmed by the whole process.
By using the word “intend” and creating the attitude of choice regarding your list, you remove all feelings of life being thrust upon you by circumstance. This causes you to feel empowered.
Simple Step #2
Write down the things you intend to do today.
Only write down the things you really intend to do that day.
Your list might have one item on it or it might have twenty. Don’t worry about the length of the list; just be honest about what you really intend to do for that one day.
For all other items, keep them a separate master list.
This simple step is important because it adds validity to the fact that you are truly intending to do what’s on the list. (See Simple Step #1.)
It also saves you from feeling overwhelmed that you have “too much to do” or frustrated that you “don’t have enough time to do everything”.
By learning to be honest with yourself about your intentions you naturally create an environment where it’s easy to succeed and it’s easy to feel successful.
Simple Step #3 – The Big Secret
Now that you know how to create your list by choice and how to be honest with yourself about what you really intend do to that day, I’m going to share with you the biggest mistake most people make every day of their lives.It seems so simple and yet it is the core to creating the life of your dreams.
Most people forget to set the intention to... be happy.
Think about it.
Most To Do Lists only contain physical, mundane tasks such as “wash the car”, “pick up the dry cleaning” and “schedule a dentist appointment”.
When you create a list like that your mind plans the day around those tasks. “First I’ll pick up the dry cleaning and then I’ll go to work…”
This isn’t a bad thing at all – in fact it’s very helpful! A To Do List is meant to create structure, like a blueprint.
But imagine your To Do List blueprint was for your dream house and you only put absolutely necessary items on it. If the builder built your house to those exact specifications you’d be living in a house with four bare walls, a bit of plumbing and a door.
While it may be functional, it’s probably lacking in a few things you’d like – such as the comfort of carpet, the feelings of expansiveness a few extra bedrooms bring and the joy that comes with a Jacuzzi.
On the other hand, you wouldn’t want to create a blueprint for your house that neglected the necessary and important items such as plumbing and heat.
So if you only have the typical things listed on your To Do List you’ll naturally only focus on the routine tasks of your life such as washing the car, shopping for groceries or cleaning out the gutters.
Any fun, down-time or spontaneous joy that comes to you that day will probably be an add-on. Often it won’t come at all.
Now that you can picture a typical To Do List filled with routine yet important tasks, now imagine a To Do List also filled with things that are sure to bring happiness, fun and joy.
Here is an example:
Things I Intend To Do Today…
Chances are this list would set up a beautiful day that happens to include a few errands instead of a day that revolves around a few errands.
Now imagine this person writing a list like this every day. Can you imagine how much better life would get for them?
Simple Step #4
If you want to super-charge your To Do List write down why you want to do each task.
Don’t stop writing “why” until you truly feel good about why you want to do it.
Asking yourself why you want to pick up the dry cleaning can turn it from a trying task into an enjoyable accomplishment.
You may find yourself writing things like “I love the suit I took to the cleaners. It’s my favorite suit and frankly I can’t wait to wear it again.”
Or you may say something like “I love opening my closet and seeing a row of freshly pressed, packaged clothes waiting for me. It makes getting ready in the morning so much easier and even enjoyable.”
Before you know it, you’re happy to be going to the dry cleaners because it doesn’t feel like a chore, it’s something you genuinely want to do.
Putting It All Together
If you apply this simple To Do List format to your daily lists, within two short weeks you will see dramatic results. Your quality of life will improve – without having to move, change jobs, get a mate, go to the gym or pay a cent!
Don’t normally do a To Do List?
If you aren’t in the habit of creating a daily To Do List your life may feel like it’s on autopilot or that you’re constantly busy reacting to the whims of others (your boss, your children, your bills).
Maybe your life feels OK, if only a little aimless.
Whether you’re used to doing a To Do List or not, why not try creating a To Do List using these four simple steps? You'll be shocked and pleased by the results.