We all want to be happy.
This human desire arguably unites every person on the planet. Yet sadly there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to being happy, and let's be honest, many of us would appreciate some guidance on how to achieve it. But the fact that we are all unique and so there is no one instruction manual to follow.
The good news is you can write your own.
Here at the WOTT we believe we must first accept that happiness is already there. It may be hidden beneath responsibilities, life changing events, and daily pressures but it’s important to remember everything we need to be happy is already inside us, and that we can employ a few simple tools to uncover it.
You could spend your life seeking the answers ‘out there’ and become distracted by believing that “one day I’ll be happy when I achieve this, or learn that, or go there”. Instead you could accept the empowering belief that you already know the answers, you just need to uncover them.
The habit of journalling (alongside a few positive daily habits, such as mindfulness, gratitude and meditation) can bridge that gap to uncover who we are and keep us mindful of the present moment. Journalling will help you to learn about yourself; your desires, goals, passion, emotions, thoughts, and your own inherent wisdom. You will be prompted to ask yourself the right questions. Once you have clarity on what is going on for you as an individual, your values, goals, feeling, wants and desires, then you have the insights to take practical steps towards setting and achieving the things that give you balance & harmony (happiness)
“Successful people ask better questions,
and as a result get better answers.”
– Tony Robbins
If you visited a consultant for medical treatment and they prescribed medication before diagnosing your condition you would have questions about the wisdom behind this person’s methods. Yet we so often do this to ourselves without a second thought. We take action without establishing the problem because we want results fast. But in life, long lasting change will not happen quickly. An oak tree will not grow overnight. Furthermore, although we know the acorn will grow into an oak tree the kind of oak tree is determined by conditions. With space, time, sun and rain it could flourish and grow mighty and powerful. But if the tree is crowded and starved of essential elements it will become a very different tree.
We know the importance of patience, self-care, and love but we so often fail to nurture ourselves. Either because we don’t fully understand our needs or we are too busy in our hectic lives to value the importance of our actions.
That’s where a carefully structured journal can help. Follow the wisdom within the pages for just a few minutes every day and you will begin to flourish, to grow, and to be happier.
Imagine for a moment you are in an unfamiliar city. The good news is that you have a map with your destination marked clearly. The bad news is you don’t know your current location. What is your first logical action? To get your bearings, to work out where you are right now.
In order to reach your destination you must first know where you are. There is no A to B with out ‘A’. It makes no sense to just start walking. Imagine how many wrong turns you might make. You get the point. It’s the same with your life. Why leave it up to chance when there are tools that can help you?
‘Know thyself’ is arguably the cornerstone of all personal development. Establish a realistic and honest sense of who you are and then you can explore where to go next to benefit your own development. Whatever path you take, first gain insights into who you really are and then take your first step. One step follows the next, and like a tortoise don;t rush. With persistence and focus you will get there.
Klaus White is a Trainer, Educator, proud Dad,
& co-founder of The Way of the Tortoise