We live in a world that says in order to be happy, you have to follow a certain formula. Go to a good school, meet the right person, buy your dream house, start a family – the list goes on and on. We believe we’re supposed to follow a certain blueprint to happiness, but in all honesty, we put so much weight on trying to be happy that we don’t often allow room for growth.
Then, when you fail to achieve these milestones, you beat yourself up. The cycle continues until you realize that you’re tying your happiness to someone else’s expectations. You’re frozen when it comes to making decisions because you haven’t yet realized that you have to create your own happiness.
By pushing yourself toward a life that doesn’t suit your needs, you’ll never be happy. You’ll continue feeling as if you haven’t accomplished enough and eventually burn out. Instead of chasing an impossible dream, think about what it is that you really want and make your own happiness. Instead of suffering, decide whether you want to change your life or if you actually just want to change your personal blueprint for happiness.
If it’s the latter, ask yourself: What matters to you most? What do you think of as being extraordinary? It might not be working at a prestigious company or starting a family – your happiness could look completely different than someone else’s. Maybe you dream of starting your own business so you can experience true financial freedom and travel the world. That’s all right, as long as it aligns with your happiness blueprint.
Find a way to let go of the old story you’re used to telling yourself and begin to create your own happiness. When you cast off limiting beliefs and pursue your own path forward, you’re ultimately able to experience more joy and a greater sense of fulfillment in life.
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Tony Robbins is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. For more than 37 years, millions of people have enjoyed the warmth, humor and dynamic presentation of Mr. Robbins' corporate and personal development events. As the nation's #1 life and business strategist, he¹s called upon to consult and coach some of the world¹s finest athletes, entertainers, Fortune 500 CEOs, and even presidents of nations.