The title of this post taken from the famous Gil Scott-Heron song of the same name, nicely captures the essence of a really fascinating conversation I had recently with a group of like minded coaches and business people. We were all reflecting on how a large number of people that we interact with were feeling very negative due to the state of the economy. It quickly transpired that most of these people were basing their emotional state on factors outside of themselves. This is perhaps the most risky and reckless strategy you can employ if you want happiness and meaningful success in your life.
Happiness is not created by external forces; be that money, sex, food, perceived success, share prices and so on. Real happiness comes from inside and is a CHOICE. When someone chooses to be truly happy they let go of their attachment to outside forces and embrace change and flux. That is to say that chaos becomes seen as synchronicity and rather than fighting the tide you learn to swim with it to get where you want to go. I know plenty of businesses and people who are embracing this fact and thriving in the so called recession.
Interestingly this same concept or approach to life creates a silent revolution. If I choose not to react to the negativity around me and concentrate on feeling happy and positive then I affect others in a very positive way. I am conscious that as I write this Ireland has broken all records to date with the size of the national debt. Criticising the banks, the Government or others won’t change a thing and all I will do is feel negative. This will affect my ability to do good business today and to be positive company for my family and others. If we all got on with our real job; being happy, then the mess will sort itself out. So start the revolution today CHOOSE happiness and fly in the face of those who will try to drag you down. Inspire them. Lift them and in doing so we will start a revolution that will not be televised but will lead us all to meaningful success.
Please retweet, Facebook or email link to others and help start the revolution! Thanks and have a brilliant day, Brendan.