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Tuesday
Feb092016

How to Enhance Change and Your Happiness

As a professional organizer I view myself as a facilitator of change. My clients start at point A with a desire to get to point B. As you can imagine, that’s only possible through change. The journey is never a straight trajectory. There are bumps, glitches and adjustments that happen along the way. There’s also potential to experience more happiness and joy.

There are a few essentials for a successful change journey. The first is being as clear as possible about your goals. The better you can articulate, imagine, or visualize which changes your want, the greater motivation you’ll have along the way and the more likely your decisions along the way will be aligned with your goals.

The second essential to make your journey a happier and more fulfilling one, is to enjoy the ride. The type of change my clients seek doesn’t happen overnight. It’s not instant. In fact, it’s often a slow process that happens over an extended period of time while they simultaneously navigate the other parts of their lives. Acknowledging the successes as you go, noticing your progress, and doing some impromptu “happy dances” or high fives, will increase your happiness.

What’s fascinating is there’s an actual happiness factor that comes with working towards goals. In a 2013 study conducted by Time, they asked the question,

 

“What makes you happier…working toward a goal or achieving a goal?”

 

35% responded that working toward a goal made them happier. 59% responded that achieving a goal made them happier. Here’s the interesting twist. Science indicates, “Savoring the journey brings joy, even if we don't realize it.”

So while respondents perceived that achieving a goal made them happier, science offers that if in fact we savor the ride, we can boost happiness during our change journey.

What have you noticed about making changes and working towards goals? How do you experience your journey or arrival? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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I have an internal peace when I know I am working toward a goal. Being 'in progress' yields the exact opposite of the anxiety I experience with procrastination. Sort of like when you stick to the diet and exercise... even if the scale doesn't show huge progress, you know you are doing what you can. Forward always feels great, even in small steps.

February 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- What a lovely image you conjure up with "internal peace" as you are in the process of reaching for your goals. You seem to have full appreciation of the steps along the way and truly are savoring those moments. Way to go, Seana!

February 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Life is about journeys not destinations, so change is the same. Enjoying the process is the best part of deciding to change our bebaviors and walking to that goal. As always Linda I love what you have to say in your posts, thank you.

February 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

What is the saying, some thing like "the harder it is to achieve, the sweeter the feeling of success"??? Not sure the quote is accurate but it goes something along those lines. I know if I have faced a hard challenge and succeeded I feel a great sense of accomplishment, for example, every time I speak in public. HUGE for me.

February 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

@Nacho- Celebrating the journey...even being aware of the journey is a gift. During that process, we change. Thank you for your kind words of support.

@Jill- There certainly is a great sense of pride and accomplishment when we overcome a challenge or fear and succeed. Kudos to you for your commitment to public speaking. It gets easier every time.

February 9, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

There is so much joy in embracing change. We can move forward or be left behind. I choose to embrace change and see how to stretch myself, find baby steps to make change happen, and enjoy the journey.

February 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- Or should I say, Ms. NAPO President-Elect? Congratulations! Talk about embracing change and stretching! You're going to be a wonderful President. Wishing you all the best for a fabulous journey, wonderful changes, and lots of joy along the way.

February 9, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I have learned to enjoy the process of change through my ballroom dancing hobby. As I seek to improve my skills in that area my instructor is continually adding layers of enhancements to the different dances. At first it really frustrated me because I thought I had learned the dance and that I was finished with that one. He has taught me that it is a constant journey of change, that mastering each new layer is to be savored and celebrated, and that I will never be done. I'm settling into that and teaching my clients to appreciate each small step forward rather than looking to be done.

February 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- Thank you for sharing your ballroom dancing experience and what you've learned. It reminds me of the phrase, "progress, not perfection." And it's so true that if we can celebrate growth, learning and change along the way, our appreciation of the journey is enhanced. I remember you showing me your photos when we were in Cleveland at the ICD conference. They were of you dancing. The joy, energy and beauty radiated from those images.

February 10, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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