Progress is the true secret to happiness. It shouldn’t be a secret though. Because like all the other so called secrets it has been known by all the greats through out history. The real funny thing is that no great philosopher or leader ever even attempted to keep these secrets from us. They wrote and talked to anyone who would listen. Yet we call these simple truths Secrets.
“Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Progress is the simplest way out of sadness, depression, and fear. At any point in your life when you come upon a moment and you feel a sense of emptiness, lack of hope, and like nothing could possibly bring you joy remember what I have said and what I shall say about the simple little secret of Progress.
In this moments you feel as if nothing can help you because your mind reminds you this is not a moment at all, but a series of moments all filled with the same nothingness. But in this moment you can change all that. In one moment you can go from nothingness to hope. It starts with a question. “What can I do right now to bring progress into my life?” This Universe and everything in was not meant to stand still; to stagnate. Evolution is necessary to all being that reside in our Glorious God Given Universe.
“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” -Leonardo da Vinci
These negative feelings are from your God given internal GPS telling you are stagnating or moving in the wrong direction. (Please read “Negative” Emotions are Good!!)
Think of one thing you know for sure you want. It doesn’t matter if at this moment you possess enough faith to believe you can have it. At this point it is not about belief only about desire. What do you want? What can you do now to work towards getting it?
Get a piece of paper and freely write ideas that can possibly be the answer to the questions right above. Progressing towards your goals is true Success. That’s all it takes! A simple step forward in the right direction is THE secret to Happiness!
Life is not about achieving. Life is about moving towards one’s God given desires and goals through small steps forward. Happy people know that. They are not happy because they have achieved anything. The positive emotion felt once reaching ones goal is very short lived. And later in life it could be those past achievement that emphasizes those feelings of stagnation even more. It is often people who achieved the most in their past that stagnation hits the hardest.
Getting out of stagnation starts NOW. Take one tiny step towards your goal (s). Like I said before do not concern yourself now with belief or faith. For some worrying about whether or not they could really become who they wish to be causes them to stagnate out of FEAR. Right now don’t concern yourself with evidence of what you can or cannot have. Instead just take a step in that direction. GOGGLE! Yes google what you want and how others have gotten it. Researching is progress. With progress you want to make sure you are moving in the right direction – avid research will put you on the right path to achieve your desires. But remember it is not about achievement it is only about movement forward. Do me and yourself a huge favor NOW.
Stop reading for the next 30 minutes about Progress, Happiness, Depression, Feelings of emptiness, aloneness etc…. And instead pick up a piece of paper and a pen and write down what you want and come up with a list of ideas that can get you closer to your desire. Write every idea you can think of. You can narrow down your list later. But for now any thought/idea counts. NOW TAKE ACTION!