Saturday, February 4, 2012
Finding Joy in Life
This sunrise turned out to be an inspiration for a presentation I was giving at a conference this past week. The topic was all around Stephen Covey's 'Circles of Influence' concept, where one can be Proactive or Reactive. The Reactive person allows things to 'happen' to them, affecting their view of everything. This person chooses to complain, or focus on what is negative or going wrong in their life. The Proactive person makes things happen, projecting their positive view on their own world. This person chooses to focus on the positive aspects of life, and chooses to have a positive attitude. Finding inspiration from our every day lives--like a beautiful sunrise, is all it takes to be a more Proactive minded person. Covey's writings teach us that a person's Circle of Influence can increase when you are Proactive minded. When you influence other people in a positive way it is remarkable what other positive things in the universe seem to come your way.
Think of the last time someone held open a door for you, or did something nice--completely at random. How did that affect you? Chances are it made you mile, or do something nice for someone else shortly thereafter. We all have the ability to great things during our all-too-brief lifetime on earth. I believe one of the big secrets people miss is that life is about being happy. Don't wait for happiness to come someday ("when I get ____, or find ____ or earn ____"). If you can find a glimmer of joy from something as simple as a morning sunrise, you can be happy everyday of your life. You only have to give yourself permission to do so.
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