Happiness – What's in It for You?

Happiness – What's in It for You?
From Recruiter - October 21, 2016

A few weeks ago, Inspired Workcelebrated 26 years of business. There are so many reasons to party, but today I am going to step back and share with you my biggest payoff: I am happy much of the time.

It isnt the fleeting kind of happiness that happens when I buy a new car. It is happiness that comes from doing the kind of work that fits my definition of meaning and purpose. It comes from having my work dovetail perfectly with my personal life. In the end, I have never been happier, and that is how I also measure the success of the participants in our programs.

In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy urged Americans to think about how we can measure what makes a country great in new ways. He said the gross national product doesnt measure the health of our children, the beauty of our poetry, our courage, our wisdom, or our compassion.

It measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile, Kennedy said.

In much metaphysical thinking, there is a common ideathat we become what we pay attention to. In the modern world, many of us are paying attention to frenzy, and the more that we live there, the more frenzied we become.

I was once on a radio show where the host accused me of coming from laid-back Los Angeles.

I laughed. The only laid-back people in Los Angeles are waiting for their autopsies. Theyve got toe tags!

We are running off to our meetings, weavingthrough traffic so dense that it is wise to bring a picnic lunch and a catheter. People elbow each other aside in line because God forbid they miss something. We are speeding toward auditions, getting our kids into the right schools, rushing to meetings with the decision-makers who will move us one more notch up in the game of lifeand you know what?

Many of us are simply too busy to be happy. Many of us are too frenzied to even define what that means. People are so busy they run in the doors of our programs proclaiming, I will be the one person who doesnt get it. Ive been working on the question of what would make me happy for so long. Why would the answer come to me here?

The fact is, most of us are so busy in ourfrenzy of checking our TVs and smartphones andsoonvirtual reality that we have lost touch with ourselves.

I have client companies that give life-changing programs to their employees who walk in the door resentful because we are intruding on their busy and frantic schedules. And many of them realize their calendars are filled with quite a bit of meaningless stuff.

Where does it end?

Personal engagement, employee engagement, success with change and reinventionit all begins with self-inquiry. Without a clear sense of mission, vision,and purpose, we live in aimlessness and frenzy will keep us occupied.

In 1990, I found myself sitting on the beach in front of my home in Malibu with a journal loosely titled, My Miserable Life. I went down to that beach every morning committed tofinding my way out of the malaise I had created for myself by believing that if I had enough things, lived in the right place, wore the right clothes, and hung out with the right people, I would find some form of nirvana. For years I had run businesses that helped people move from one job to the next. We didnt bring them nirvana; we brought them new jobsin many cases, just like the ones they hated.


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