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Breaking Free, Mental, Mindset,

How to Free Yourself by Asking Better Questions

“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” –Tony Robbins

Your mind works like Google. And like Google, the answers you get back are based on the questions you ask.

When you ask poor questions, you get poor answers….

YOU: Why am I so fat?

YOUR BRAIN: Because you’re a pig!/Because you’re a lazy jerk!/Because donuts are delicious!

Ya see, your brain is going to find an answer to match the question you asked it.

The key, then, is to ask your brain quality questions. Quality questions that are going to lead to quality circumstances.

So the better question is…

YOU: How can I make it easier and cheaper to eat healthier?/What healthy foods do I already love that will help me lose weight naturally?/What can I learn from this situation that will help me look and feel fantastic forever?/How do I look and feel when I eat shitty processed food, and conversely, how do I look and feel when I eat real quality food?

[NOTE: the key is to attach pleasure to the desirable action (eating healthy), and attach pain to the undesirable action (eating shitty). Having to and wanting to, are two entirely different positions which create two entirely different results. When you remind yourself that eating healthy gives you energy, increases your mental clarity, increases your confidence, lowers your anxiety, statistically increases how much you earn, makes you look sexier, and attracts suitors to you…. now eating healthy looks a lot more attractive and is much easier to follow through on… rather than having an uninspiring goal of…. “I’m fat and wanna lose weight so I HAVE TO eat better.” That sort of mental framework won’t inspire you to achieve shit.]

Can you think of a time when you or someone you know asked a poor question??

Frequently, I’ll hear frustrated parents say to their disobedient kids…… “WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!?!” (albeit, this is the same way they talk to themselves and/or lover(s))

I always shake my head when I hear that. Which is often.

Little do these parents realize, in that way they are literally training their kids to subconsciously think there’s something wrong with them. It may be subtle. But nevertheless, still powerful.

The parents who do it right will calmly pull their child aside, crouch down to the child’s level, and say something such as, “Honey, why do you think (doing x-action) wasn’t a good choice?”

Yes, it takes more time and consideration, be it a parent or individual. However, this added effort will reap better results, and in the long run, save you much time and effort.

Remember, the quality of questions you ask yourself on a daily basis will determine the quality of your life. Period.

So how can you apply this lesson to your life right now? What are some better questions you could be asking yourself? It’ll make all the difference in your life!

Live different. Live free.

Love,

Kurshot
#UltimateFreedomLifestyle

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Breaking Free, Business, Education, Mental, Mindset, Podcast, Rituals, Success stories,

How To Build A 7-Figure Coaching Empire While Traveling The World With Regan Hillyer

Regan Hillyer (@ReganHillyer) is an entrepreneur, coach, and world-traveling speaker who has built a multi-million dollar coaching business from her laptop, which she credits to upgrading her mindset.

Her goal is to help empower millions to realize their full potential by doing the inner work of upgrading their mindset and aligning with their true selves so they can “absolutely have it all!”

In this incredible conversation, Regan shares…

  • Her “non-negotiable” daily routine around mindset, which empowers her life and business
  • How she outsourced her homework in college
  • What her first experience giving a seminar was like and how she improved tenfold
  • How to get over the mental hurdle of charging people for your work and how to price
  • How she made the transition from solopreneur to entrepreneur
  • How she approaches 1on1 coaching
  • How she sustains her energy and juggles everything with her life and her business
  • And so much more… (really!)

I literally listened to this episode 3 times and took down lengthy notes on everything Regan shared. It’s super powerful!

You can find Regan here: ReganHillyer.com (where she posts tons of free advice) and everywhere on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

LISTEN ON iTunes (audio only): http://apple.co/2juL2TF

WATCH ON YouTube (w/ video): http://bit.ly/2kyucB2

DOWNLOAD MP3: RIGHT CLICK HERE and choose “save as” or “save link as”

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Business, Financial, Mental, Podcast, Sales,

Why People Remain Poor and How to Dominate in Sales with Brendan Welsher

“Because I never got a chance to see ‘the menu,’ I didn’t know how delicious the entrees were.” – Brendan Welsher on his upbringing

Brendan Welsher went from selling drugs and making thousands of dollars every week ripping off coin machines to changing up his mindset and going on to become the marketing director of the largest manufacturer and installer of windows in the country with over 7 million windows sold annually, Anderson Windows.

In this fantastic episode, Brendan shares his gripping story about where he came from and how he was able to rewire his mindset and use his strengths to propel him into a life of abundance.

Along the way you’ll learn:

  • How he sculpted his salesmanship skills by selling flowers with his dad in parking lots with at 14 years old
  • How he leveraged YouTube to develop a single sales team that generates over 12 million in sales per year
  • His counterintuitive approach to getting an education that leads to a great income and fulfilling life
  • A simple way of looking at sales to be effective even if you know nothing about sales
  • What consumers need to make a decision to buy
  • His 5 reasons for why people remain poor.
  • And much more…

LISTEN ON iTunes: http://apple.co/2juIdSF

LISTEN ON YouTube: 

DOWNLOAD MP3: RIGHT CLICK HERE and choose “save as” or “save link as”

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Education, Kurshot's Thoughts, Mental,

Why Going To College Is An Uneducated Decision

Formal education such as college—although beneficial in some minute ways—is the most expensive and inefficient way to learn, grow, and become of value to oneself and to society.

In comparison to other forms of education, formal education does little to prepare human beings for a fulfilling life, let alone a rewarding career.

If grade school, college, and other formal education was so beneficial based on the time and money people invest in it, governments, corporations, and manipulative marketers wouldn’t be able to get away with a quarter of the shit they do.

Most 401k’s wouldn’t exist as they are.

Half of the prescription drug companies would vanish.

And I’d be out of business (Ultimate Freedom Lifestyle) because everyone would already know and understand all the information I sell.

One shining example of how poor a job formal education does is the complete lack of financial education offered from grade school on.

Money is one of the most important subjects to a citizen’s well-being and yet it’s not taught in public schools and most college level financial courses are a joke.

You’ll learn more from a simple 2-3 hour read such as Rich Dad, Poor Dad, then you will in the combined 16 years of grade school and college.

That fact is horrendous and embarrassing.

And here’s the craziest part: in this day and age, all the information that has ever existed—specifically that found in colleges—can be found on the Internet FOR FREE.

If people truly want to learn and become more valuable to themselves and others through the acquisition of knowledge, all they have to do is type in their question on Google, YouTube, or Quora, and they’ll be able to learn just about anything they desire, and certainly anything taught in a University.

(Exceptions include becoming a lawyer, doctor, engineer, etc, where a degree is essentially mandatory.)

Any problem that could possibly exist in one’s life, someone else has, more than likely, already figured out, and the answers are all on the interwebs right at your fingertips.

And if you’re dead set on taking a course from the likes of MIT, HARVARD, or even YALE, they’re all offered online for free on their own websites, through iTunesU, or many other resources such as Coursera.

Here’s what it says on MIT’s Open CourseWare page:

“There’s no signup, no enrollment, and no start or end dates. The entire OCW collection is always here for you. Freely browse and use it at your own pace.

Knowledge is your reward. We don’t offer credit or certificates for using OCW. Instead, use OCW to guide your own life-long learning, or use OCW to teach others.”

If the accumulation and application of valuable knowledge is really what you’re after—and it should be—it makes no sense to drop $50-100k on student loans and then spend the next 10+ years living in debt struggling to pay it off if you don’t immediately land a $100k+/year job, which clearly most won’t.

Today, accruing such debt is absolutely absurd.

The truth is, with student loans being handed out like candy—essentially free money in the short term—the market has adjusted and Universities have dramatically raised their prices on tuition to astronomical rates.

Students don’t care because they’re too naive to realize the impact of their decisions on their future self. I see it all the time; friends stuck working jobs they hate because they have to make $600-$800/monthly student loan payments.

If they take a job in their chosen field but realize it’s not for them, and then decide they want to take off and go travel the world to expand their experiences and figure out what they want to do with their life—they can’t.

They’re trapped.

Since 2008, student loan debt has gone up 84% (WTF?!)

It’s no longer about educating the future of this country, it’s about profiteering off the naiveté of the young and inexperienced.

If you want to learn, grow, and be of value to yourself and the world, find the right books, videos, and other resources on personal development, learn from them, and begin immediately applying what you’ve learned to real life situations.

If you’re NOT the entrepreneurial type, you can easily get an entry level job at a good company in a field you’re interested in, and if you show promise by adding tremendous value to the company, you can shoot right up the ladder, especially in a sales position.

The other thing is companies are beginning to change their rules about having a degree because there are too many examples of non-formally-educated 20-something year olds making a massive splash in the business world.

And if you DO have that entrepreneurial spirit, college is definitely not the path for you. You can start an online business that solves a bothersome problem in your OWN life as well as many others, or simply pick any one of the hundreds and thousands of business models out there that exist. Remember, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. All you need to do is fulfill a need in the marketplace.

Stop listening to the “experts” because they’re just regurgitating rhetoric that appeals to the status quo.

If you want to get ahead of the lethargic masses, you need to become a leader—first for yourself, and secondly, for others.

You need to think for yourself and make your own observations about what’s going on in the world, this way you can make the best decisions for YOUR life.

Otherwise, you’ll more than likely end up in massive amounts of debt, become trapped working a job you hate in order to pay it all off, and end up living a life you dread.

If you take all your cues from the status quo, then you’ll never get further than the masses, which trust me, won’t be very far.

As much as it sucks to think about, most people are headed for a life of mediocrity, and they won’t figure it out until it’s far too late and the foundation of their lives have already been established.

This of course makes it much more difficult for people to change once the “concrete has set”, because at that point, most will settle for mediocrity instead of putting in the work to rebuild their lives.

So don’t follow what everyone else is doing. Be a leader for yourself and others.

And as a rule of thumb, ALWAYS question the status quo. If everyone’s doing it, there’s a high chance it’s the wrong way or there’s a better way.

Many of the greatest achievers to ever exist either never attended college, or dropped out midway because they didn’t see the value in it.

It’s not because they were geniuses. It’s because they observed the situation and listened to their common sense and reasoning, instead of taking cues from what everyone else was doing, which was also the reason why they were able to make a big difference in the world.

Because they thought for themselves.

If the majority of the population were doing things the right way, 75% of Americans wouldn’t be broke and hate their job, and 1% of the world wouldn’t be worth more collectively than the other 99% combined.

Think about that next time you make a decision based on what everyone else is doing, especially when it comes to college.

“When I find myself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” —Mark Twain

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” —Albert Einstein

“Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.” —Jim Rohn

Other INCREDIBLE educational resources:

TED.com — “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas—from science to business to global issues (really, all topics)—usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).”

Coursera — “Free online courses from the best universities.”

Khan Academy — “Free. Online. Forever.”

edX — “Mission: Increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere. Enhance teaching and learning on campus and online. Advance teaching and learning through research.”

Awaken The Giant Within: How To Take Immediate Control Over Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny by Tony Robbins — if there was only one book I could recommend to someone, this would be it. There is no better all-encompassing book on life and success on the planet.

My parting advice: if you’re a recent high school graduate or you’re thinking about going back to school, make the right decision for YOU and question EVERYTHING along the way. This single decision is a big one, and can determine the direction of your entire life.

And if you’re interested in a one-stop-shop program that’ll provide you with the mental, physical, and financial knowledge you need to attain personal power and design a life you’ll never need to take a vacation from, go here: Ultimate Freedom Lifestyle


What are your thoughts on college/formal education? Share in the comments below. But as a warning, think of my comments section as entering into my living room—if you don’t know how to have polite debate, I’m going to delete your shit and kick you out! Much love.

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Food Fuel, Mental,

How I Make My Favorite Salad For Maximum Energy

 I absolutely love salads because they’re just about the best fuel you can consume… and they taste fucking delicious!

Again, when you’re eating high quality foods, this translates into a high quality mind and body. And since the quality of our thoughts determine the quality of our life, it all comes full circle and translates to a dope life.

Here’s how I make my favorite salad for maximum energy:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 ounce chicken breast (or fish, and chopped up)
  • A couple big handfulls of spinach or kale (chopped up)
  • A small handfull of cilantro (chopped up)
  • 1 Tomato (in the picture I added 6 cherry tomatoes plus half a regular tomato, all chopped up)
  • 1/4 cucumber (usually, but not always, and chopped up)
  • Half green pepper (chopped up)
  • 1/2 Lemon (squeezed)
  • Cap full of organic apple cider vinegar
  • A few douses of high quality olive oil (all olive oil is not created equal and often mixed with shitty oil like canola, which is highly processed)
  • Sea salt and pepper

HOW I THROW IT TOGETHER:

  1. I put the spinach in a large salad bowl first, then chop up the cilantro and put that in, then chop up the rest of the ingredients and throw that in (all chopped up).
  2. Then I squeeze the lemon in the bowl, circling around the bowl so there’s even coverage on the food.
  3. Then pour in the cap full of apple cider vinegar, and squeeze the lemon in.
  4. Lastly, I sprinkle in some sea salt and pepper.
  5. Once all that’s in the bowl, I take two spoons and mix the salad up thoroughly.

Then I eat!!

The benefits of eating this delicious concoction are the fuel you get from it, the mental performance that is derived from eating whole foods, and the lightness of the food and no bogging down of your mind and body from having a full stomach, so you can still work or play hard and have max energy.

Bon apétite!

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Mental,

How To Program Your Mind For Wealth And Success With Incantations


 

NOW I AM THE VOICE.
I WILL LEAD, NOT FOLLOW.
I WILL BELIEVE, NOT DOUBT.
I WILL CREATE, NOT DESTROY.
I AM A FORCE FOR GOOD.
I AM A LEADER.
DEFY THE ODDS.
SET A NEW STANDARD.
STEP UP!

 


“The Universe’s wealth circulates in my life; it’s wealth flows to me in AVALANCHES of abundance; all my needs, desires, and goals are met INSTANTANEOUSLY by infinite intelligence; and I give thanks for ALL of my good now and for ALL of the universe’s riches, for I am ONE with the Universe, and the Universe is Everything!”

 


“I now command my subconscious mind to direct me in helping as many people as possible today to better their lives, by giving me the strength, the emotion, the persuasion, the humor, the brevity, whatever it takes to show these people and get these people to change their life now!”

 


 

I know that I have the ability to achieve my definite purpose in life, therefore I demand of myself, persistent, continuous action towards its attainment and I here and now promise to render such action. I fully realize that no wealth or position will long endure unless it is built upon truth and justice, therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all to whom it affects. I am succeeding by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the cooperation of other people. I induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others. I eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, cynicism, anger, and fear by developing a true love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude towards others will never bring me success. I cause others to believe in me because I believe in them and believe in myself. This is my creed, my quest; to never stop striving for the top. To always keep moving forward. To always be the very best I can be. I am the power. I am the magic. I cannot be stopped. I am a winner. I promise to always be true to myself because I am the creator and master of my universe and I am responsible for making a positive difference in the world and to the quality of life in it. I live in constant and never-ending improvement.

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Mental, Quotes, Stories,

5 Incredible Quotes by Steve Jobs That Instantly Changed My Life Forever

I had just moved back home from NYC and felt like a complete failure. I had lost my very lucrative day job, the entertainment business I started with my best friend wasn’t making any money, I owed $4,000 to another friend, my girlfriend dumped me, my lease was up so I was about to be homeless, and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

Then my Uncle came down from upstairs, walked into the kitchen, and told me that Steve Jobs had just died.

A few days later I bought his biography and began spending hours reading it in a spare bedroom my Aunt generously offered me while I got my life together.

I can’t tell you how many times I cried reading that book. It really struck a chord in me.

I realized that I had been following the wrong path—one that was disconnected from my heart and intuition. This realization led to a 4 year journey that I’m still on which included riding my bicycle across the country twice (Bike to Believe), traveling from tropical island to tropical island with a billionaire for a summer, living in 7 major U.S. cities plus Medellin, Colombia, and creating my first product that helps others create the life of their dreams too, Ultimate Freedom Lifestyle.

Nearly everything I learned that sparked this renaissance of my mind and life can be found in the following quotes by Steve Jobs. If you take the time to really think about what he’s saying, I think his words will resonate with you as much as they did with me.

5 Incredible Quotes by Steve Jobs That Instantly Changed My Life Forever

1) “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Before I set off on my cross country journey from NYC to Las Vegas, I was super nervous and it was a huge leap for me because I had never been to the west before and only had one friend out there.

I was giving up my old life for this new life and I didn’t know why other than the fact that my heart and intuition was telling me to do it.

Because of this quote by Steve Jobs, I was able to have faith that even though I didn’t have all the answers at the moment, I would eventually find them. And because of that faith, sure enough, 3 years later I did. And like Jobs said, it has made all the difference in my life.

2) “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

I’ve learned along the way that events in my life look sort of like a frequency wave—up and down, up and down. My life is constantly ebbing and flowing and when it takes a dip for the worst, it can seem like my whole life is falling apart and I should just give up. But if you understand that this is how things work in life, then when things take a dip for the worst, it won’t have as much of a negative effect on you because you were expecting it. Not in a negative way like you think bad things are always going to happen to you, but rather that shitty events are inevitable and the path to greatness is paved by hardship.

3) “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

Man, this is crucial! The reality is that your work is going to take up a large part of your life—about 50 to 80 percent of it—so if you want to lead a fulfilling life, you gotta love what you do. Otherwise you’re going to spend a large part of your time stressed out and unhappy, which will seep into others areas of your life such as your relationships, finances, health, etc.

You may not know what kind of work will make you happy right now, but you have to start looking and experimenting. And you can never stop until you find it. Like Jobs said, you’ll know when you find it. DON’T SETTLE.

4) “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

One time I recited this quote in my head while in an AT&T store staring at this beautiful woman standing over to the side waiting to get her phone fixed. I got so nervous for some reason, but after reading this quote off in my head, it gave me the perspective to approach her and introduce myself. I ended up getting her number and we went on a date the next night, which turned out fantastic to say the least. To this day she is one of my best friends and I’m so grateful to have her in my life.

The reality is that one day not too far out you’re going to die and this ride is going to end. And once you realize this, the petty worries and fears you have that hold you back from your greatness become insignificant and you develop a certain power to make big moves and not give a fuck because you recognize that this is your one life and you need to make the most of it.

5) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

There is probably no bigger lesson that I’ve learned than the reality that most people are living with major fears and limiting beliefs about what’s possible in this world and for them. And what they do by default is pass on those limiting beliefs to the people around them. One of my biggest struggles over the past 5 years has been overcoming the opinions and judgements of others, be it my family, friends, or strangers.

If there’s one thing you MUST cultivate, it’s your ability to be self-reliant and look within for answers.

Everything you see in this world was created by other people just like you. They weren’t all extraordinarily smart or have innate super powers. They simply believed in themselves and listened to what their heart and intuition was telling them.

You must do the same.

Ignore the naysayers and listen to what your heart and intuition is telling you.

They’re never wrong.

My name is Kurshot and my goal is to free you for life. If that’s something you’re interested in, subscribe to my email list below.


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Mental,

How to Make It in New York City (And in Life)

When I lived in New York City, I was surrounded at work by aspiring actors, dancers, artists, and models. So many flocked to the city in pursuit of fame and fortune. But overtime, what I realized was that most of them weren’t aspiring to be anything other than a New York City waiter/waitress.

Unless you came from a well-off family, you’re ascension to fame and fortune first began with clearing tables at Applebee’s. If you were a more refined server, then it was Isabella’s on the upper west side where serving Bono his buttered bagel was a daily routine.

Working along side many of these peeps, I would ask myself, “How does one make it in the game?!”

Overtime, the answer to that question became very clear. 

In fact, it was simple.

Although I had heard every excuse in the book for why they didn’t get the part and/or had no work, the truth was, the people who put in the most amount of effort—the ones hustling everyday—they were the ones getting all the gigs. 

I always wondered how my actor buddy was going to get up in the morning and pound the pavement looking for his first big role when the night before he was out drinking with me.

He never did.

Instead he moved back home. Along with many others who, like clockwork, always joined the rest of the gang for a drink (or ten) after their shift. 

But I’m not ragging on these people. It’s tough out there.

In the world.

Trying to make your name shine brighter than the rest.

In the song, Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z, he said,

“City it’s a pity. Half of ya’ll won’t make it.”

He was being nice. It’s more like 95 percent.

The world is big and bad and merciless, and if you wanna make it in any endeavor worth talking about, you’re gonna have to do two things:

1) Toughen the fuck up. And 2) work your fucking ass off.

Nature ain’t nice, and if you want to survive in the jungle, you gotta act like a lion.

You gotta be able to work two jobs every day all week and then wake up on monday ready to do it again, with or without motivation or inspiration, for as long as it takes until you fucking make it.

And then work a shit ton more.

But the good news is, if you’re doing it right, you’ll be doing work you love. And if you’re doing work you love, then you ain’t workin.

So—whether actress or dancer or model or whatever it is that you aspire to be—if you wanna make it big, if you want your name to shine bright as fuck…

…DO YOUR F#*&$ING WORK!!

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Mental,

7 Eye Opening Quotes About Attaining Happiness

 

Happiness is a notion everyone understands and seeks. It’s even stated in our Declaration of Independence, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Although we understand what it means and that we want it, it seems as though few have obtained it.

So the question remains, how do we create happiness in our lives?

Below are 7 eye opening quotes about attaining happiness:

Quote #1:

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”

—Epictetus

Thinking about issues pertaining to people, events, or other things that are not within our control is pointless because there is no way to change the given situation. However, what we can change is our attitude toward the given situation and the energy we spend thinking about it. One of the best ways to achieve this is by simply accepting the given situation for what it is with the understanding that it can’t be changed, and simply moving on by directing our thoughts and energy elsewhere.

Quote #2:

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”

—Abraham Lincoln

What our 16th President is trying to tell us is that we have the power within us to choose how happy we are. A great way to achieve this is by directing our focus away from all that doesn’t bring us happiness, and towards all that does; from what is negative in our life to what is positive. No matter who we are or what our current situation in life is, if we look around, we can always find something positive to direct our attention to.

Quote #3:

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

—Groucho Marx

Our mind is very powerful and it has the ability to go back into the past and relive events, or conversely, shoot forward into the future and conjure up events that haven’t even occurred yet. This can be a powerful mental ability when we use it properly, but since our mind has a bad habit of defaulting to what could go wrong due to primitive survival instincts, instead, we often use these mental abilities to focus on negative events and/or outcomes. But since we can’t change the past, and our future is untold, happiness is best found in the present; a place where we have the power to create change and take charge of our lives.

Quote #4:

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”

—Helen Keller

Opportunities are abundant, but if we remain focused on what happened behind us, it can be exceedingly difficult to notice the opportunity that lies in front of us.

Quote #5:

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”

—Albert Einstein

I don’t know if you’re interested in fruit or the sound of a violin, but the point Einstein is attempting to make here is that happiness is more simple than we may imagine. I’m sure you can think of a time in your life when you were attending a big event or doing something grandiose and it gave you no joy. And I’m sure you can also think of a time when you were doing something so simple and having an absolute blast. Happiness is not complex or expensive. It’s more simple and much cheaper than it’s often portrayed.

Quote #6:

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

—Benjamin Disraeli

We don’t always have the answers to our problems. These situations can create confusion, which often leads to paralysis or inaction. When we’re stuck in a bad spot in life, we may not know the best route to take to get us out of the mess we’re in, but one thing is certain, if we do nothing, our situation will only get worse off. In other words, action is better than doing nothing.

Quote #7:

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

—Herman Cain

This quote is powerful because work takes up such a large part of our lives and when we’re not doing work we love, it can be extremely taxing on our emotions and energy. It’s very common to think of all work as painful, but this is a limiting belief. There is something for everyone out there, and when we find our passion and we’re doing work we love, time flies by and there’s an immense feeling of joy that is unmatched from any other experience. There is no feeling like overcoming a challenge and achieving what you set out to accomplish. If you haven’t found your passion yet, keep looking and don’t settle. Like all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.