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International Day Of Happiness

Many of us seem to think that happiness is sparked by money, fame or driving the most recent car, or rather a life event. “I will be happy as soon as I graduate, get married, or have children .”

Ironically enough, many people still end up unhappy or unfulfilled.

Here are a few points to ponder in your pursuit of happiness…

ARE YOU ON THE CAUSE, OR EFFECT SIDE OF LIFE?
Happen to life, instead of letting life happen to you. Get rid of the idea that you are a victim of outside circumstances.  You are empowered to influence your life and the lives of those around you. God has created us in His likeness – Meaning that He created little creators. He expects us to multiply the resources He has given us into something extraordinary!

LIVE YOUR VALUES
Wealth is not having money; it is being able to fill the greater amount of hours in your day with things that really matter to you. Family, creativity, contribution…

SIMPLIFY
De-clutter and simplify your life! Prepare for each following day, so your routine can run more smoothly with less frustration.

APPRECIATE
This is a widely known law of nature. The more gratitude you have, the more good things come your way. If someone really appreciates what you do for them, you will almost always want to do even more. This is the same way God feels when we notice and appreciate the blessings in our lives. The giggle of a toddler, the smell of wet soil after summer rain… it is usually the smallest things that bring the most joy.

LET GO
God loves your children more than you do. The weather obeys when he speaks. The Bible says, like streams of water, he directs the thoughts of Kings! This is the God we serve – the One we get to have a relationship with. This is the sole purpose for our creation, to stand in an intimate relationship with Him, only then will we know true joy and contentment – the seemingly elusive state of mind, called ‘Happiness’!

(Guest post for RO3 Oasis Water)

 

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How Your Values are Sabotaging your Goals!

“Values are the little suckers who control your life and outcomes subconsciously, without you even realizing it!! It is best to find out what they are and make sure they are in line with what you actually want for your life. These can be listed as Family, Purpose or Money. We all have reasons behind the reasons that drive us. We don’t always think of them but they are ever present and ever influencing.”

The Adventure of Self Discovery 

Eliciting your values is a lengthy process and part of the comprehensive coaching program which is a costly exercise.

This article will guide you to what your real values are. The wonderful news is that you can ‘edit’ your values on a subconscious level, to guide you to the outcomes you really desire for your life.

Values are not ideals. They are not the presentable paragons that fill your mind when you tell someone what is important to you. Values are embedded in your subconscious mind and can only be identified by looking at your day to day life.

  • How do you spend your time?
  • Looking around your room or office, what do you see?
  • Listening to your day to day thoughts, which subject features most often?
  • What is the subject of most of your dreams? (Literally, the stories you dream at night)

Dreams always tell the tale of what is important to you, what you worry about and what the most prominent thoughts are in your subconscious mind.

When you drive, or ride a bike, you don’t consciously think of each action before you take it. These actions are governed by your subconscious mind. You know they say you never forget to ride a bike!? The unfortunate thing is that you cannot control your subconscious mind. It controls you…

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The Adventure Of Self Discovery

The first step towards personal development is finding out who God created you to be.
Be honest with yourself – What do you like and dislike? What relaxes you and what energises you!?
You can be an outgoing person who loves people, but still be an introvert because you recharge when you are alone.
It’s okay to be a certain way, because just maybe, you were created – intended to be this way!
 
I’ve listed a few steps to take towards the journey of self discovery. These topics will be further discussed in future posts.
 
1. Take personality tests
A. My Personality – Meyers Briggs – This is a free test and respected among psychologists and life coaches. To do the test CLICK HERE.
B. Gallup Strength Finders – This is a paid for test, but well worth it! To do the test CLICK HERE.
C. Redemptive Gifts – This one is also free. To do the questionnaire, CLICK HERE. A well put together summery on the Redemptive Gifts can be found on a blog called BPERAZIM, follow this link : An Explanation Of Redemptive Gifts.
2. Spend time alone
This creates a space for you to reflect and really get down to the heart of your choices, behaviors and experiences. Learn to be your own best friend. It is a true adventure getting to know oneself. It is also when we quiet down, that we can better hear God’s voice!
3. Define your dream
Having Focus as one of my top 5 Strengths, I always need to know where I am headed and work back from there. I strongly believe that if you don’t have a goal or a dream, you are like a little boat floating in the ocean, going wherever the stream takes you. It is true that we don’t know the future, and there is a good reason for it. But the same God who decided that we should have a little bit of mystery, also gave a dream in our hearts!! We have a purpose, a role to play.
4. Define your values
Values are the little suckers who control your life and outcomes subconsciously, without you even realizing it!! It is best to find out what they are and make sure they are in line with what you actually want for your life. These can be listed as Family, Purpose or Money. We all have reasons behind the reasons that drive us. We don’t always think of them but they are ever present and ever influencing.
5. Find a mentor
I cannot possibly overstate this! It really helps to have an objective opinion you respect. Pray for the right mentor, with aligned values and a relationship with God. Your mentor will play a big role in your life and will be one of your major influencers.