Everyone, of course, wants to be happy. People do all kinds of things to achieve that. But I believe that there is actually a simple way to be happy. If you do it, you are pretty much guaranteed to be happy. Do you want to know what it is? Simple: Be grateful for what you have. You might have heard this before. In fact, you might have heard this so often that it begins to lose its meaning. But think about it. Where does unhappiness come from? It most likely comes from thinking about what you don’t have. You think you need something in order to be happy and you don’t have it, so you become unhappy. You say something like, “If only I have <something you don’t have>, then I will be happy.”
A while back I wrote an article about grit. Grit is defined as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals,” and it’s a common trait amongst great people. Read their biographies and you will see that they all have grit. From the definition, you can see that an essential component of grit is having long-term goals. Why? Because you must have something to strive towards. You must have something that you want to achieve. Without long-term goals, there is no grit. Why You Should Have Long-Term Goals Here are the benefits of having long-term goals:
As you might know, I joined Toastmasters a few months ago. My motivation is to improve my public speaking skills while also expanding my social circle. I’ve learned many things from the experience. One of them is what I call the “evaluation mindset.” Since the first time I joined, I was instantly impressed by the culture of evaluation in Toastmasters. There are several speakers in each meeting, and every speaker has an evaluator who will evaluate his or her speech. In addition, there is also a general evaluator who will evaluate the overall quality of the meeting.
What do you think is the secret to exponential success? What do you think makes some people more and more successful over time? The answer, I believe, is momentum. Momentum is the key to exponential success. I became aware of it a few months ago when I read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. There he put momentum as one of his leadership laws. Momentum is something you must build in your organization if you want to succeed as a leader. The idea resonated even more with me when I read EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. He also emphasizes the importance of having momentum as a key factor for success.