Years ago I read a book titled Flow
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. They interviewed thousands of people from
around the world to determine what makes people happy. One of the
conclusions was: To have a challenge big enough to be
interesting but not so big that it is overwhelming. I have
found that to be good advice.
I remember an interview years ago that
Barbara Walters did with David Geffen. He was about thirty-five years
old if I remember correctly. She asked him, "Does money make you
happy?" I will always remember what he said. His response:
"If you think money will make you happy, you have never had a lot of
money." In the context of the interview, what he meant by a lot of
money was more than you would know what to do with, which is what he
I reviewed the Landmark Forum and the
Landmark Advanced Course over the Holidays. It would be difficult to
describe the power of this experience in the space I have here. (Their
www.LandmarkEducation.com.) I did the original training thirty-one
years ago. Much of the content is similar although more refined. I had
forgotten the Forum's brilliant simplicity and prescription for
happiness and self-fulfillment.
Simply stated, and as David Geffen
alluded to, what you have won't make you happy for very long.
You will always be looking for something more soon after any
achievement. And, you may even find yourself saying, "Is that all
The advice of the Landmark Forum is that
the only part of life that is consistently related to happiness is
who we are being. Basically, what you have and what you do
is nowhere near as powerful as who you are being in each moment of
So I pose this question and a challenge
to you for the upcoming year... Who are you going to BE in 2011?
Not so much what are you going to do or what are you going to achieve.
But, who are you going to BE while you are doing and achieving?
What do you want to be known for? What
is the vibe that you want your family, friends, clients, associates
and people in general to get from you? What feeling do you want
to leave people with when you drive off into the sunset?
For me, the answer was clear when I was
recently asked the question. I want to make a positive difference in
as many lives as I possibly can this year. I had forgotten how
powerful we are as a single soul on the planet. We can BE
whoever we choose to be in each moment of our life. There is
no limitation on this precious gift and it is the only thing that
consistently makes us truly happy.
I wish you great prosperity and great
peace for 2011.
Happy New Year!
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