No Surprise here – every person is unique. Crafted in their own peculiar ways, people vary across an innumerable array of characteristics.
Each of us are interested in different topics, focused on different areas of work, and grounded in unique cultural values that serve as cornerstones of our decision making. We like different food, have different taste in music and enjoy different activities that are personally rewarding.
Most fundamentally, we differ in experiences.
We have all shared seconds, hours, and years in the past; yet we exist today in radically different social, financial, physical and emotional states.
One of the core desires that we all share, is to be satisfied across all the areas that make up our lives.
Why is it so sought after? Because satisfaction in life is a result of sustained happiness; and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be happy?
Sustained happiness is rooted in identifying what experiences in life bring you the most joy. I will refer to these experiences as your “triggers.”
There will likely be a number of triggers that immediately come to mind: connection in relationships, personal preference in food, music and art, progress made on projects or skills, and service to others. The list can go on and on and will be unique for each of us; and each of these triggers will occur as a result of some unique catalyzing circumstance.
while it’s pretty evident that this is the case, without well-tuned perspective and discipline, balancing your time and intentions to ensure your triggers “fire,” which results in a feeling of joy, can be difficult.
So, what can you do to develop a mindset that enables sustained happiness?
To start, you should consider this simple 4 Step Action Plan:
1. Identify and Prioritize your triggers
Whether you enjoy making progress, connecting to others, or feeling totally free from accountability, there are certain types of experiences that make up your most joyful moments. Seek to understand what means the most to you and why.
2. Identify Catalyzing Circumstances aligned to each trigger
If your trigger is making progress, you can identify circumstances that make you feel accomplished: achieving fitness goals, learning or improving skills and saving effectively are just a few that could give you the feeling you’re looking for.
No matter what triggers are most important to you, there are catalyzing circumstances in your life that allow that trigger to fire.
3. Identify Positioning Criteria for each catalyzing circumstance
Seek to understand the opportune times in your day when a particular circumstance is most likely to take place. Also, be sure to acknowledge if external support is required for a circumstance to occur – sometimes others’ influence goes long way.
4. Identify Opportunities for Routine Reevaluation
Prepped with this knowledge, the last step is to take action to position yourself effectively. This may result in routine modifications that will increase time spent that results in a trigger firing, and will reduce or eliminate circumstances that are not as meaningful.
Even if if your most significant triggers are not up totally dependent on you: i.e. serving others or being part of a team; it is up to you to position yourself well, so that there is opportunity for each trigger to fire.
Try walking through your days with this idea in mind; you’ll be surprised by how much of your time can be optimized to increase satisfaction across the varying elements that make up your life.