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THE SECRET TO A HAPPY LIFE

Be Optimistic About Your Future!

By

Stephen Egegbara

http://www.cheeges.com/

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THE SECRET TO A HAPPY LIFE.

Copyright 2017 by Stephen Egegbara

“Smashwords Edition”

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PREFACE

The mystery the future holds in its essence has always intrigued mankind. It is our curiosity and inquisition about what is to happen next in our life that we seek ways to take a sneak peek, a mere glance, and a tiny glimpse of what destiny has been planning for us all along.

It is this desire to know the unknown, to lift off the veil of oblivion and come face front with our inscribed fates that astrology, cartomancy, and palm reading science were evolved – to satiate our cravings, about what the future holds.

Stars, tarot cards, and palm lines might provide a hint about what you will face in your coming days; it is actually your mind where your future is born. Fate, destiny and divine planning do play their role, but, it is actually you, who is the creator of your own destiny.

The future is the brainchild of your present. If you want it to be good, apparently, you have to put in efforts to make it good. And then again, it is your belief in future that will nurture your efforts to cultivate and flourish your future destination. And without a firm and unwavering belief, all your efforts would go in vain, and all stars and wishbones will turn out to be lies.

As they say:

“Optimism is the key.

If you expect the worst, the worst will happen.

You are your own stress, your own anger, your own sadness, and frustration.

If you let things bother you, they will.

Don't let them get the better of you. Just be happy.

Nothing in life is easy, so make the best of it. Don't dwell on the negatives.

Optimism is the key.”

CONTENTS

1 - Introduction

2 - Implement the ‘One-Day’ Rule in Your Life

3 - How you start your day determines how it will end

4 - It’s All about Your Attitude

5 - The Ultimate Law of Success

6 - Weave Your Own Dream

7 - Watch Out for the Omens

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1: INTRODUCTION

“Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.”

And to make sure that you receive the best of life, you need to believe that best will come your way.

Change is inevitable. However hard you might try to stop this cycle of life from spinning over, you just cannot do it anyway. So, you might as well give in to the way the phenomenon of change works and focus instead on how you can make the most out of it.

You might be absolutely satisfied with the way things are, but as a matter of fact, the comfort zone might be a serene place but nothing actually grows over there. Life happens when you break free out of your shackles, let go of your physical and mental confinements and reach out into a world of endless possibilities. If you stay contented on what you have, you will never accomplish anything you could be proud of. If you think you are doomed, you are.

The oblivion about the future and the consequences of change might invoke a fear, restricting you to stay in peace in your own personal hideout. You can see it approaching you fast but you never know what it is bringing along. This is the beauty of change that while you cannot keep it from coming, you can definitely make it better.

Tessomancy, cartomancy, and astrology are but a few of the human endeavors to break into the mystery the future holds. But, the future has its own way of revealing itself and surprising us with things we least expect. And even though we do not have a say in choosing what comes our way, we sure can prepare ourselves beforehand, to turn the situation in our favor. Whatever is meant to happen, will eventually happen. And when we cannot stop it from happening, we must step up to embrace the change and make sure it comes in the best possible way.

It is all born in the dark labyrinth of the mind. There will always be a battle going on. Would it happen, or would it not? Would I fail, or would I succeed? Should I just let it go or is it all worth it? Do not let those negative demons take over your angels of optimism. Let your positivity flourish. It will take you wherever you wish to land.

Remember that change for the sake of change would not work as you have planned. Evaluate your circumstances, judge yourself for your strengths and weaknesses, analyze what is it that you want out of it and then plan your move. Do not stop. Do not settle for less. Change is the only constant, but it has to be significant and worthwhile. Believe that it will be good, and good will come your way.

And on an ending note to this intro, and before you read on, here’s a reassurance. You have the whole life ahead of you. And if you think you are still at your ground zero and your dreams lie somewhere high into the skies, just rest assured that destiny is taking time to prepare you for the great leap.

You will go places, you will be a conqueror, and you will make it big one day. All you need is patience and perseverance and a ray of hope in heart that your future will be far better than your today and that you will make it one day.

This book is a jackpot of all the motivation that you need. It will be your wish bone, your solid ground and your north star, a small clear voice in your head as a constant reminder that future is coming and it will be beautiful. Have faith and head on!

2: IMPLEMENT THE ‘ONE-DAY’ RULE IN YOUR LIFE

‘Carpe Diem’ – Seize the Day!

Tom Bay, the author of ‘Look Within or Look Without’ writes in his book that the only day you have is the day you wake up. And he's right. Your plans, your goals, and your dreams might be too big and their accomplishment might span over weeks, months or years or even decades. But, remember this one rule of life. Time is the biggest of all illusions. You think you have time, and, you do not even realize that it is already gone. The time and man relationship are well explained by Mitch Albom in his book, The Time Keeper. He says,

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, and a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures - A fear of time running out.”

So, now that we agree that we all have this phobia of the sands of time slipping through our hands, this settles the ground for our very first chapter: How can we make the most out of the time while it is still in our hands?

One simple answer – Keep track of the moments and your hours, days weeks and months will survive.

Your future does not start tomorrow – it starts today.

You are now well over your past; you know where you stand today. And now that you have a clear idea about how far you have come, you are in a better position to calculate your projectile, about how far you are going and where to set your next milestone.

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life. You have an aim; you have a dream. What is your excuse for not pursuing it today? The only time you have is the moment in hand right now. Time is not granted in years. It is granted in moments. All you can do is seize the moment and squeeze the best out of it before it is gone.

The best you can do with your time; make your moments worthy and make your moments productive to their best - and moments will take care of your day, weeks, years and your entire life. Take care of this day called ‘present’ and your future will take care of itself.

You need to apply the ‘One Day Rule’ in your life. Whatever has been granted, you have it in your hands. You cannot possibly sit back, relax, putting all your skills and talents aside, assuming some fairy god mother will brew the concoction of success for you. No! You have to do it yourself. No matter how much you fill your heart with hope, if your ideas are not coupled with actions, they will not work. Optimism is a good thing, but it demands efforts. It demands struggle. It demands some serious work.

The ‘One-day’ rule of life revolves around a similar philosophy.

It implies that today is the only day that you are sure about. The past has gone and your future lies in oblivion. Nobody has seen tomorrow. Nobody knows how it will be. But if you manage to make this day worthwhile, you can be sure that tomorrow will be even better than today.

How can we make the best out of today? This is no rocket science - good for you! You just have to take care of a few things, and the day will be all yours.

3: HOW YOU START YOUR DAY DETERMINES HOW IT WILL END

This is true. Your mornings play a good role in illustrating the blue print of your whole day. If you just open your eyes with a heavy heart, questioning your existence and mourning over how monotonous your life is and how this is going to be just another hectic day; rest assured that the day will meet your low expectations and it will be exactly or even worse how you initially perceived.

Similarly, if you wake up with this thought, that the day has been blessed with another opportunity to do what you could not do yesterday, to inch ahead towards your goal and to get a little better than yesterday, you will be surprised how this positivity will fuel you up for the entire day and you will see yourself doing better that day.

Positivity is the key. Things happen as you expect them to happen. So, you might as well start feeling good about it, if you want better things coming your way.

Prioritize as per significance.

The day might seem long enough, but you also have a fair amount of jobs to do. Prioritize your work in the ascending order of importance, keeping to most important at the top of your list. This is your scheme of things, your list of milestones for the day.

Get it done already.

Now that you know what you are supposed to do and how you will do, what are you waiting for? Pick yourself up and get into the ring. You cannot just hold your list of priorities in hand and gape at it with fond affection. Count down for the day has already started. Go get it done.

Contribute your bit to the universe.

Now, this might seem a bit off your fixed pattern and scheme of things, but this is important. Take out a couple of moments from your day and spend it doing your bit for change - a better chance to make the world a little better for next day. Whatever you do, you do it for yourself. Do not think that you are being a super human or anything like that. You are only doing to make your own world better, for your own self.

Calculate Results

Now that the happenings are done and the day is almost gone, calculate what you planned and if you actually achieved your day's goals. Compare your input with the outputs and analyze if they are justified. If your input was more than the outcomes received, realize where you put your additional efforts that failed to yield results. If your outcomes equal or exceed your inputs, give yourself a pat. You are playing smart.

Reflect and Look Ahead

A little planning in advance as in the night before will help you plan and illustrate your next day's chores beforehand. This does not have to be a full-fledged working or gearing up your tools for the next day. You do not have to do that for it will ruin your present day. Just, when you lie on the bed at the end of a long day, give your mind a quick run to recall things to do for tomorrow. Your subconscious mind will automatically prepare your next day's plan. Most importantly, do not forget to reflect on your day. Recall from the moment you woke up and the entire day. Be neural and do not be too hard or too soft on yourself if the day did not go as planned. Now that the day is gone, you have another 'present' coming over – and that is tomorrow. Make sure it is better than today.


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