Joy! That word has always struck a chord of incredible emotion for me.
It must be why I imagined my angels suggesting “Living A Joyful Life” as the name of my business back in 2008.
Even now, as I think of the immense joy I have been blessed with feeling over these past eight years and growing, tears come to my eyes and a sense of gratitude so strong that I feel my heart might explode. And as I say to my twins, Drew and Kelly, on a regular basis, “I just want to pinch myself to be sure that it’s real!”
Yes, I am truly grateful for my life as it is at this moment, in this part of my journey. This life I live daily is nothing short of miraculous for me, when I think of all that I have. By no means do I feel that this is all there is, or that I have reached my pinnacle.
But, I know that if I stay true to my soul, and live my truth as best I can each day, I will take myself to higher and higher levels of joyful growth. This is because I am resigned to being present in each of the moments of my busy day, living the amazing experience called “The Game of Life” to it’s fullest.
You can feel this way too! Each and every one of us has the pure potential of creativity within us (whatever name you choose to call that power: Universe, God, I am, Soul, Consciousness, Life, Energy, Allah, etc.) That power is the source of your truth. We are capable of creating, not just discovering, the life that we dream of.
It is up to us to choose the path of joy and personal happiness. And it all begins with LOVE. Yes, it begins with you “Choosing Love.” You must choose to reside in the love that you are, as love is the answer to everything.
When you choose love each moment, you begin to change your life, to have whatever you truly want. You also feel deeply peaceful and calm along the way. When you ARE LOVE, your world changes to more joy, calm, peace, and love. Isn’t that what you truly want?
My client Gayle once said to me, “Mary Lynn, isn’t that all that everyone wants: to wake up happy every day?” It’s as simple as that. We all want and deserve to wake up happy every day. So, I tell you now in this moment of clarity, happiness is a choice for each one of us. We can all choose happiness or not.
Happiness is a strategy. Once you believe it is possible and tell yourself this repeatedly, you will know the thoughts, words, and actions you must put in place to make it happen. Your mind is very powerful… it will show you the way.
Here are 5 steps to get you started:
Have the right mindset. Know the power of your thoughts, and constantly replace negative thoughts with better feeling thoughts. In other words, “flip the switch to joy.” Do this consciously and intentionally all day long. When you learn to focus more and more on what you want right now, you’ll begin to see a shift in how you feel and what you are creating for yourself. While your thoughts are the beginning of the creative process, remember, it’s your feelings that are doing the creating.
Unleash your imagination. Get crystal clear about what you want and have unwavering faith. Expand the power of your imagination by asking yourself what you truly want. Do you know? If not, ask for clarity. Try a little journaling and just daydream about who you want to be, what you want to do, and what you want to have.
Don’t wait another moment. Get started now! Write down your goals. It’s been proven in a Harvard study that you’ll be 1,000 percent more successful when you do this! There is some mental work to be done here as you shift your beliefs. Create a new story that defines your future life into something that makes you feel great.
Take inspired action now. Ask yourself what you can do right now, from where you are, with what you have, to make it happen – and get started immediately. Be sure to make it fun, as there is always a way – even if it just starts with forming a smile on your face to get you moving in the right direction.
Always follow your gut instinct, and be grateful! As you begin to see results, have incredible and endless gratitude. Be grateful now for everything that you already have in your life, big or small. The power of gratitude has been scientifically proven to advance the receiving process more quickly.
So, here is to your happiness and joy in 2016… and forever after! Here is to you finding the source of your calm and peace within. And finally, here is to you changing your world in a way that allows you to live a joyful life now!
The article was published on The New Press
I am a master of Advanced Life Concepts, certified life and business coach, motivational speaker and author, with more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and corporate executive at two Fortune 100 companies. Connect at LivingAJoyfulLifeNow.com or call 239-498-7290 for more information.