|Goals and Happiness
What makes you happier than anything else
you do? Where does real contentment come from?
If you understand and apply the following
definition of happiness, you also open the door to unlimited success for
yourself, your family and your group.
"Happiness could be defined as the
emotion of progress toward desirable goals. There is an instant of
contemplation of the last goal in which one is content. But contentment
becomes boredom immediately that new goals do not come to view. There is
no more unhappy thing than a man who has accomplished all his ends in
L. Ron Hubbard
Examine how three facts, from this
definition of happiness, make happiness come and go in your life.
is an instant of contemplation of the last goal in which one is
Think of goals you have reached in the
past. Remember how you felt on your wedding day or when you graduated
from school or a training course? In each case, you achieved a goal!
Remember those times when you were
content with life? Maybe when you started a business or landed a great
job? When you paid off your debts?
At every point in your life when you felt
content or happy, you can probably find you were either making progress
toward a goal or had reached a goal
"But contentment becomes boredom immediately that new goals do not
come to view."
Without a new goal, you get bored.
Boredom leads to stress and misery. For example, planning a vacation is
exciting. But toward the end of a vacation many people are bored to
tears as they no longer have a goal.
Arguments during honeymoons are common if
the newlyweds do not set goals for their marriage.
Planning your retirement and the first
day of retirement is a thrill. But the joy of freedom quickly turns to
boredom and early death if you do not work on new goals.
"There is no more unhappy thing than
a man who has accomplished all his ends in life."
Think of a time you were very bored. Had
you completed a major goal without starting a new one? Look at other
times you were bored. Examine your goals, or lack of goals, at those
"Happiness could be defined as the emotion of progress toward
We can use this definition to understand
unhappiness as well. When were you last unhappy?
In each case, you probably 1) had no
goal, 2) were trying to reach an undesirable goal, or 3) you were making
no progress toward a goal.
Using the definition of happiness makes
happiness easy to achieve. Simply chose desirable goals and make
progress toward them!
The following steps will help you put
this definition of happiness to use.
1. List goals you have not yet reached.
Small goals, large goals, old goals,
failed goals and current goals. Make a very complete list.
2. Circle those goals that interest you
Drop out the goals that do not excite you
as you canít reach a goal unless it interests you.
However, if an uninteresting goal is
vital for you to reach, find ways to get excited about that goal.
Examine the goalís benefits. For example, maybe the goal to "Pay
off all debts" does not thrill you until you examine the benefits:
Save $5319 in interest this year, financial freedom, less anxiety.
If you cannot find any benefits of the
goal, eliminate it.
3. Add new, desirable goals.
Push the envelope of your self
limitations and set goals you really, really want. What are your
If you had unlimited time, money and
support, what would your life be like? What would you do? What would you
If you knew you could accomplish
ANYTHING, what would your goals be?
Add these goals to the list.
4. Line up your goals in a logical
The better your goals align with each
other, the more likely you will reach them. For instance, if you have a
goal to travel the world for six months this year and another goal to
make more money this year than ever before, you might have problems.
However, if you line up your goals, your
odds of success are better because your focus is constant. Example of
aligned goals: "Finish my
training program so I can double my productivity and income."
"Help my husband lower our monthly debts so we can spend more time
with the kids." "Delegate all of my sales activities to the
sales manager so I can open a new office."
5. To complete the procedure and become
happier, you now need to start making progress toward your goals.
Big steps or baby steps, any progress is
Plan out next week. Plan out the month of
January. Plan your best year ever.
Make a new habit of reviewing your goals
each day to keep your attention and efforts aligned with your goals. At
the start of each day, ask yourself: What can I do today to make
progress toward my goals?
The more progress you make toward your
most desired goals, the happier and more successful your new year will