Henry Ford said:
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.
This seemingly inconsistent statement reflects one of the most obvious, yet powerful truths about human nature: our future is shaped not only by skills, education, resources, circumstances, luck, etc. but to a high extent by our perception of what we think is possible.
No amount of preparation, support, planning or external help will help, if we internally tell ourselves that we are incapable of something.
And no impediment can stand in a way of a person that knows what they want.
So next time you find yourself asking: “Can I really do that?” – think twice before you answer. Because YOU WILL determine your future.
Many people associate happiness with a state of “doing nothing”, however the truth is that the most authentic moments of happiness take place when we are busy, working hard, deeply emerged in something that we find interesting, fully focused and committed.
This state of consciousness is often referred to as ‘flow’. I think we all remember those moments of creativity and passion. I would strongly recommend a book titled “Flow” (available here) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who created the psychological concept of flow.
An experiment for you: next time you realize you have just been in a state of flow – try to make a mental snapshot of how you feel, your emotions, level of happiness and inner peace.
When was the last time you had this uplifting feeling of accomplishment and awareness that you achieved some form of perfection, or in simple words ‘did a good job’?
This could have been at work, school, home, when solving some difficult design problem, or simply sorting out some home duties. Or maybe you discovered something new, found a solution to a problem, improved or created something, optimized some process, got rid of some inefficiency, in other words made your life, home, friendship, project, product or even the world a bit better?
We believe such moments are a quintessence of happiness. That’s when your reality seems to flow, without distractions, in the right direction bringing this amazing feeling of fulfillment.
And now an experiment for you: next time you feel in this way, try to make a mental snapshot of that situation, try to memorize when and how it happened, what emotions and thoughts it triggered, also make a note or photo if possible. That snapshot will be your recipe and template for generating and attracting your future moments of happiness. Because happiness means action.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
Over the years, we have been discovering and studying ways to achieve happiness, well being, work/life balance and true satisfaction. Through this experience we have identified a set of core principles, which we formulated as Happy·ciency Manifesto.
You can find it here.
The most important one states that:
Happiness is a choice, not a state
While we see many ways to achieve happiness, we value the ones listed in the Manifesto more. Many philosophies and approaches focus either on the body, senses or spirit – we claim that happiness at its core means action and commitment in various areas.
We can all choose to be happy and along the way find the best way to achieve that – often by being positive, open, curious, social, health-conscious, productive and ambitious in achieving various goals.