The secret to getting more from life

Catherine Bowyer // April 8 // 0 Comments

If you’ve been feeling like there’s more to life but you’re not quite sure what it is then I have good news! 

There are some quick and easy things you can do right now to finding out what that ‘something’ is and start on your path to happiness.  You can discover the missing pieces and start living the life of your dreams NOW!

Like most people, I’ve had some pretty crappy things happen in my life.  I’ve also had some really great things happen too.  In my younger years, I really let ‘life happen to me’ instead of being in the driver’s seat, taking control of life.  I always felt like there was something more to life; that I was destined for greater things, but that’s where I left it.  I didn’t explore what those greater things were, I just lived life with a little niggle in the back of my mind… until that niggle started becoming louder and started occupying more of my thoughts.   Until I couldn’t ignore the niggle anymore.  Until the niggle was so strong that I had no choice but to listen to it and act on it.

Here are five things that helped me to work out what that ‘something more in life’ was and catapulted me on my path to happiness:

1. Stop living in the past

I spent most of my life thinking about the crappy stuff that had happened to me.  I was so consumed with this and how it was affecting me that I wasn’t thinking about the future or even enjoying what I was doing in the present.

I couldn’t change the past, but I could stop letting my past dictate how I was living my life.  I acknowledge what had happened; forgave myself and others around me and let it go with love.  I acknowledged the past for what it was and stopped letting it run my life.

2. Be present in the Now

Once I let go of my past running my life, I chose to take notice of what was happening in my life, right now; not yesterday or yester-year, but right now!  I started noticing all the wonderful things that were happening around me and to me.  I noticed the little things that I had been too busy to even see before.  I noticed them and I noticed how much joy they gave me.  Instead of feeling the negative emotions that I had been experiencing from my past, I was now experiencing such different feelings; feelings of joy and wonder.

3. Be grateful

And when I started noticing how much joy there was in my life and the world around me, I started giving thanks for those things – big and small.  I started being grateful for what I had in my life; the person I was becoming; the impact I was having on other people and they on me; the beauty in everything around me; the experiences in my life and the list goes on.

What I noticed when I was grateful, and I mean truly grateful, not just saying thank you and moving on, but feeling gratitude throughout my entire Being, I noticed that I started getting / seeing / experiencing more of the things I was being grateful for.  It was the Universe’s way of saying thank you to me.

4. Think about what you want in life instead of (or in addition to) what you have now

My gratitude was opening a whole new world to me; a world I didn’t know existed.  This is when my ‘niggle’ really started to speak loudly to me.  I had spent so much of my life thinking about what I didn’t want, I never really thought about what I did want.  This is what my ‘niggle’ was about … it was asking me ‘what do you want your life to be like?’; ‘what do you want to happen in your life?’.  I had never asked myself these questions before.

I sat silently (for quite some time!) and asked myself those questions, over and over again until my answers started to take shape.  I started working out what I wanted my life to be like.  This was fun and exciting!  It was a very energising process and I loved how my answers were starting to take shape – they were definitely letting me know what that ‘something more in life’ was …. So exciting!

5. Make it happen!

It wasn’t good enough to just think and dream about what I wanted; I need to do something and take action to make those dreams happen; to turn my dreams into reality.

I dreamt big and was very excited about what my life could be like and was very keen for that ‘something more’ to eventuate so I got to work figuring out how I was going to make it happen.  I broke the big tasks into manageable things I could do.  I started with the end result in mind and then worked backwards to what I needed to do, step-by-step to achieve my dreams and most importantly, I did those tasks.

And voila!  I moved from letting life happen to me, to being in control and creating a life that I am so in love with!  I found that ‘something more’ through a simple, yet very effective process as I’ve described above.

So, if you’re looking for your ‘something more’, why don’t you follow these steps or better still, why don’t you join me on my 7 Days to a Happier You (the fastest and easiest way to becoming the best version of yourself).  

About the Author

Fueled by passion, belief and delivering results, Catherine built a top-performing consultancy working with a wide range of government and business enterprises. She has over 35 years’ expertise in human behaviour and personal transformation and has personally delivered over 1000 leadership and personal success programs and coached more than 4000 senior executive leaders, entrepreneurs and individuals to achieve outstanding results. The entrepreneur, CEO and founder of the new and exciting Happiness Hive, has taken her own advice and stepped into her power to bring her dreams alive.

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