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What if I told you that you have the ability to decide if you are happy or not. You would probably say that I'm crazy. 1. I'm not crazy and 2. Happiness is a choice.

You can't depend on someone else to make you happy. That is a lesson I learned early on in my marriage. I realized that I couldn't rely on my husband as my source of happiness. I learned that my happiness depended on me and not my husband's actions. I learned that you have to choose to be happy.

There is an Belief that everyone is in a house of four rooms: A physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room everyday, even if only to keep it aired, we are not complete. ~Rumer Godden

A high-powered corporate executive came into a doctor's office for a checkup. He showed overwork and stress. He was warned to slow down, to take up a hobby -- perhaps painting -- to relax. He readily agreed.
The next day the executive phoned and announced enthusiastically, "Doc, this painting is wonderful! I've already done ten."

We don't need to be corporate executives to suffer from too much negative stress. It's easy to feel overwhelmed. You may be wondering this very minute whether you have time to read this page!

Something profound happened to me the other day. Actually, profound things happen to all of us every day. It's just a matter of paying attention. That's another story for another day.

Something occurred, the circumstances not particularly relevant. What is relevant is my reaction, the awareness of my mind set, what I did with the feelings and the outcome.

Most organizations have at least one person who is a natural leader. When it is announced she will be leading a new team, employees line up to join. When he asks for a volunteer for an assignment, people jump at the chance. Employees turn to her as a mentor, or look to him as a role model.

Meanwhile, others in the organization are struggling to do their job with too few human resources. So how do natural leaders do it? What is their secret to getting people to go the extra mile for them?

Experiencing doubts about yourself, be it your ability or credibility, fuels your fears of not being good enough. Fear is the number one enemy that stops most people in their tracks. Having doubts about yourself is a normal part of being human, but it's what you do about these doubts that really counts. Most people doubt themselves sometimes. Some people have a lot of doubt and others only experience it occasionally. Most people who meet me say they would be surprised if I ever doubted myself, yet I know there are times when I do just that.

To get ahead and win this game we call life, you need to know what is unique about you. As individuals we're all unique and when you're able to identify and tap into this fully, instead of struggling, you'll attract the success you want. It's a simple enough step but not necessarily easy to accomplish. One reason for this is that the things that are unique about us we take for granted and are a natural part of who we are and what we do. I was reminded of this during a conversation this week.

When we talk of getting focused this means specifically to see what captures our undivided time, attention and energy. Choosing what you're going to focus on overall imparts clarity. Does this mean you're only going to focus on these specific things? Not at all.

This is a trap some people fall into and so they become too focused, to the exclusion of the rest of their life. I suspect this stops some people focusing because they've seen others who are too focused so they feel they'd be overwhelmed by the intensity of it.

A great life doesn't happen by accident. A great life is the result of allocating your time, energy, thoughts, and hard work towards what you want your life to be. Stop setting yourself up for stress and failure, and start setting up your life to support success and ease. A great life is the result of using the 24/7 you get in a creative and thoughtful way, instead of just what comes next. Customize these "secrets" to fit your own needs and style, and start creating your own great life today!

The year 2004 is knocking at our door. Did you finalize your agenda for success for the year 2004? No, not yet! Wake up please! Take a paper and pencil and write down your success plan for 2004. Saying "Happy New Year" is not enough. Plan to make 2004 the happiest and the best year of your life. Good luck!

I give below my own personal agenda for your comments, suggestions, review or advice, if any:

- I will keep myself healthy and fit by involving more in indoor and outdoor physical activities