It’s just a decision but a decision with a difference — it’s unshakable!
It’s the kind of decision we would make for our children — calm, sure, solid, good decisions for the best outcome.
And that outcome — the thing we want for our children is not necessarily what they want right now.
So they can kick and scream! Not unlike our own minds when we try to enforce a decision on ourselves!
The big picture
With our children we have unshakable calm resolve. The big picture is crystal clear and of course it’s not us having the tantrum :-) But following through with our own decisions isn’t always so easy…
With the Happy Guide way, you can regain the same control over your decisions for yourself as you would with a child. No matter how much your mind kicks and screams, you remain calm, clear and unshakable. You see the big picture and make the best choice.
A fascinating thing about children and the decisions we make for them is that the clearer, calmer, sweeter and more resolute we are, the faster they stop resisting!
The same is true of your own mind! Worth pondering.
Get to the good stuff
The pact is a crucial key in the Happy Guide system of (almost) painless change. It’s an agreement with yourself to choose long-term happiness over the short-term fix.
It’s an agreement to ride out “whatever” and stay solid… to get to the good stuff.
The reasons we go for a quick fix can be complex. It generally boils down to self-medicating a bad feeling — a never ending downward spiral that keeps us trapped, until one day we can wake up and realize we’re in deep trouble. The whole behavior is powerfully driven by association and habit.
The way through
The way through is to see your finish line and step, step, step… staying strong and clear. Take your first step, make it a pact, an agreement with yourself. See it through with faith, even though you might not get immediate benefit for your effort. Repeat until done.
Sticking to your pact is the most important thing you can do today. Because it’s staying true to your decisions that will soon start to bring the good feelings into your life and move you ever closer to true happiness.
Your pact is a key part of breaking bad habits and creating new ones. But to make sure you’re giving yourself the best chance of success, read and re-read Happy Guide until the whole thing is crystal clear.
The more you read it, the more it will crystalize for you, the more inspired and motivated you’ll be, and the more new ideas about your own life and the next steps will flow.
Michael Kinnaird is the author of Happy Guide, the result of a 20 year exploration into what works for health and happiness.
Read Chapter 1 “The Happiness Secret”
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