"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values."
I remember reading a while back about what is called "cognitive dissonance." This is the state of stress and discontent that a person feels when they have two or more conflicting beliefs. An example would be when a person believes a certain thing about the way in which people are to be treated and finds themselves not being able to live into that belief at work, or at home. When a person has to believe one way at work and another way at home about the same concept, they experience this internal turmoil.
When you identify clearly what you believe and find a way to live into those beliefs in every aspect of your life, you will find that the internal stress fades away and happiness replaces it. I remember hearing one of my professors talking about it as "being comfortable in your own skin." She was referring to not needing to, having to, or being willing to pretend to be something that we are not. I believe that it is in working for an organization that doesn't match our values, our beliefs, and our thoughts on what the world should be, that we find ourselves experiencing this level of dissonance.
So, what is it that is your core belief? What is it that drives you to live at that highest level? When you take the time to identify and live into your own values, you find your happiness. You find your joy! Take the time to do this now. Write down 3 core values that you never want to compromise on and then make a concentrated effort to live into those values today and every day.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.