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The Thinking Lab - Happiness as the Fuel of Achievement - for Members
September 29, 2020 –
Topic: Happiness as the Fuel of Achievement
Happiness is not a prize you get sometime in the future, after you achieve a goal, or pass a test, or become worthy. If you believe that it is a prize you have to wait for, I guarantee that you are struggling to achieve your goals. You are sabotaging your own happiness due to a misguided belief about how you succeed. The only practical way to achieve challenging goals is to build happiness into the process as you pursue them. In this class we will discuss:
-Why it is possible to get satisfaction from every step toward a goal
-How to infuse a step with meaning
-The dangers of settling for less
-The logical and illogical approach to self-criticism--and why your happiness depends on the logical approach
Come with examples of tasks you dread, hate, or don't want to make yourself do. Or, send me a note beforehand so I can discuss your example anonymously. Include in your note:
-What is the task you dread/hate/don't want to make yourself do?
-What don't you like about it?
-Why are you doing it — what's the payoff in the future you are hoping to get?
-Why is that payoff meaningful to you? Why will that future payoff make you happy?