Women rejoicing after success

I wish life were easier... In 2005 I hit rock bottom. Well, at least I thought I so.

I was in a job I hated, doing work I hated and in a 60-minute daily commute I hated. My life was headed in the wrong direction—that was for sure. I knew I had potential, that I could really do great things, manifest happiness in my life and impact the world—but… sometimes knowing is not enough.

Financially I was secure.  I had a good paying job and so did my wife. But, boy was I ever unhappy.

I felt that something was missing… but if I only knew what. I needed to make some changes BIG TIME, so I started with the obvious.

I had always dreamed of having a Sports car.  I love speed. So I bought a Nissan 350Z with 287HP—all muscle. The car was great and I loved it, but it was only a temporary patch. It felt nice to drive the car, but something bigger was still missing.

I thought the car would make me happy. It didn’t.

TRUTH #1

Anytime you rely on the outside world to make you happy, you are working with a temporary solution. Do this often enough and you create a belief system—what I call the chasing mentality—chasing after the things you want to have because you think they will make you happy.

I kept the Nissan 305Z for a few years. I drove it and enjoyed it, but it knew it wasn’t part of my end game.

I realised there must be something else, but what?

That led to an important question—a sort of mantra that played in my head as I kept searching for happiness…

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A version of this was first published in the October 2013 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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