There are people who I've known for years who I'll probably bump into at WPPI next month. Many of them will say the same thing, "You seem happier than we've ever seen you before!" What is it about human nature that just doesn't let us believe things we see? Why does the word "seem" always represent that last hurdle of doubt, before we allow ourselves to believe in something?
Let's look at your own business...if it "seems" like you're on the right track, then why not celebrate your accomplishments instead of questioning them? I'm not suggesting you can slow down for the celebration party, but you do earn the right every day to give yourself a pat on the back when looking in the mirror.
Well, I "seem" happy, because I am happy. It's that simple. I've learned to stop being frustrated with the challenges of my own relatives and just enjoy each day as the gift it is. We've even got a sign in the kitchen,
"Don't Judge Folks by Their Relatives."
Happiness isn't so much a state of mind but a state of heart. I have a wife who believes in me, supports what I'm trying to do and encourages me to take on projects I might have doubted I could do in my previous life. I have friends and associates who, long before me, learned happiness is contagious. I try and always surround myself with people who are focused, if on nothing else, the control they have of their own destiny. I've got two new grand-children, twins, Sophie and Ryan, who are a stitch to be watching grow up and between Sheila and I, there are five more - three amazing boys and two girls. I have two stepsons who support what I'm doing and love seeing their mother happy, which brings me to Sheila Ann.
She's taught me to never use the word "fail" and to not "should" on myself. Seriously, how many times have you said, "I should have done..." Well, that might well be the key - stop "shoulding on yourself". Life is all about attitude.
Zig Ziglar has a great quote I've used before..."Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."
And long before him Booker T Washington is quoted as saying:
"The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts."
So, as always, enjoy today. It's "Hump Day" and the week is half over...Don't settle for mediocrity today - you've got all the power you need to simply make it a great day! And just think, if you do it right, friends will say,
"You seem so happy!"
Photo Credit: © alejandro dans - Fotolia.com
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.