A picture is worth a thousand words. And how did Michael Phelps feel after the thousands of hours of disciplined hard work that resulted in his gold medals? Very happy.
I read this post (slightly edited) on Facebook:
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.
Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demands your best.
Your personal growth itself contains the seed of happiness.
You cannot pursue happiness by itself. There is no happiness except in the realization that you have accomplished something.
Happiness thrives in activity.
It’s a running river, not a stagnant pond.
And real happiness comes from doing good things, helping others being one of the best determinants of joy.
Napoleon Hill wrote, “Don’t wait: The time will never be just right … action is the real measure of success.”
Worried? Sad? Concerned about your future, your finances, your weight, your family? TAKE ACTION. Do what you can do. If there really is nothing you can do, pray. Get busy with another healthy activity that takes your mind off the things you’re worried about and can’t do anything about at present.
Massive, focused action is the best way to work yourself out of a financial hole. Miss someone? Call them. Fat? Get exercise. Learn to dance. The achievement will bring more happiness. Dale Carnegie said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
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Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com