Take a look at your big life goals since you were at school. I guess they probably went something like:

  1. Do well at school so I can get to university
  2. Do well at university so I can get the job I want
  3. Get the job I want so I can build the career I want
  4. Succeed in my career so I can settle down and start a family
  5. Get to partner so I can finally enjoy the fruits of my labour

Interestingly, we all tend to be working towards other goals so we can be happy. If you find yourself saying, I’ll be happy when I have achieved x, y, z, you are falling into the pattern of putting happiness last after you have achieved everything else.

Now think about the times in your life when everything has been going well and you are intrinsically happy and satisfied with your lot in life. I bet everything seemed just that little bit easier to accomplish. Happiness is one of life’s enablers.

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What’s the thought I want to leave you with? It may sound a little fluffy (and those of you that know me, realise that the only time I can be accused of being fluffy is when my hair gets wet and goes frizzy), but if you have your goal to be happy and strive towards this, then it’s so much easier to achieve these goals. If you would like some practical help to think about your own 5-10 year career vision, how about downloading our FREE guide to writing your career action plan, or completing the wheel of life exercise to help you think about what you want from your work AND life in the long term.

What will you do today which will make you happy and put a smile on your face?

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