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Never Sacrifice Your Happiness For Success | Stefan James

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Never Sacrifice Your Happiness For Success

Never sacrifice your happiness for success. Happiness and success are two very different things. I’m not saying that we don’t need goals to motivate and inspire us to take action, but the achievement of our goals is not the only thing that determines our happiness.

We have been conditioned to believe that external things are responsible for creating our happiness, but this illusion of happiness is far from true. As long as you believe that your happiness is associated with something that is outside of yourself, you will not be happy.

Do you sacrifice your happiness for success? If so, I’m here to share the reasons why this is a bad idea. Success is not a reflection of happiness. Rather, how happy you are is the truest measure of success. In the words of Tony Robbins, “Success without happiness is failure.”

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Never sacrifice your happiness for success, because the reality is that nothing in the external world is going to make you happy and fulfilled. If you base your happiness on the acquisition of temporary things, then your happiness will be temporary.

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who has studied the relationship between money and happiness, suggests that, “One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation.” He adds further, “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.”

Oftentimes, once people achieve what it is that they believe will make them happy, they instinctively seek out something else to make them even happier. The never-ending cycle of ‘wanting’ happiness continues.

According to a professor of Psychology at Denver University, Iris Mauss, wanting to be happy can make you less happy and if you explicitly and purposely focus on happiness that can have a self-defeating effect.

Have you ever wondered why some successful people are unhappy?

Research shows that there are now 2,089 billionaires in the world, however the richest people aren’t always the happiest.

A new study co-funded by the Gates Foundation portrays the ultra-rich as lost souls burdened by the fears, worries and family distortions of too much money. This study proves that while money affords us the luxury to have and do nice things, it doesn’t buy happiness. This is why you should never sacrifice your happiness for success.

Happiness is found by understanding your true nature. It is not something that happens to you. Rather, it is a choice that you make every day. When you live in alignment with your true self, it allows you to live out your true life purpose, and that is where happiness lies.

You could decide to be happy right now just by deciding what it is that you are grateful for, and consciously changing your physiology. Doing things like smiling, breathing, and meditating will accomplish this goal. If you are living a life that is filled with things that you are passionate about and you are living in alignment with your mission, then you will feel as if you are succeeding, on your terms.

Never sacrifice your happiness for success, and don’t be fooled into thinking that that happiness and success are one and the same. Above all, choose happiness.

You can play your cards right in the pursuit of attaining success, but happiness is not something that is guaranteed. You need to actively create it and define what it means for you. Decide to be happy right now!

In the words of Ingrid Bergman, “Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” When you make the choice to be happy, success will follow naturally.

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