In the final article of this mini series, we are going to expand on this article -5 Top Tips on Happiness From Richard Branson.
Today, we turn to the question of moving on. Richard's take on this is that "Life's too short to waste your time doing things that don't light your fire. It you don't enjoy what you're doing, then it's time to move on to the something that does make you happy"
Think back to when you were involved in something which just didn't spark your enthusiasm, be it a job, a past-time, or a relationship. A job is probably the most common, where we feel obliged to turn up, day after day, put up with untold nonsense, abuse, hassle, poor treatment, because we are being paid. Accepting pressure upon pressure, sacrificing all those things which actually are important in life, and feel deeply stuck in the rut.
Now think about the time when change happened. Daunting at the start no doubt, but if it was change in a positive direction, this can be generated through a purpose, a passion, the thing you really want to do - now that is exciting! Notice how your physical feelings changed when you read that!
In our life planning work with clients, we ask them to imagine a number of scenarios, the outcome of these is that generally, dreams and desires which have been buried for years come back to the surface. Hidden talents, suppressed passions, all ways of making our life feel fulfilled and purposeful become alive again. The secret, is then to find a way to keep the tinder of that torch burning, to keep our clients enthused to allow those sparks of delight to build and build into a roaring camp fire.
Working with people who find themselves overwhelmed by life, struggling to find a purpose or passion to spark them into action may seem as pretty daunting to many, which I guess it is. However, when we do find that passion, that long buried sense of delight, and an aim for the future, now that is the most satisfying job in the world.
Find your spark, as that will light the torch to take you from the darkness of drudgery, to something with crackle, light and warmth.
We take a radically different approach, where, in line with Richard Branson, we believe that happiness is the key currency, finding out what really matters to people, and helping them achieve it, combining inspiration with a prudent financial plan.