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About the Author
Michael Cassar has over 30 years management and consulting experience. He is an effective change agent, a successful author, a Strategic, Executive and Business Coach.
He does not beat around the bush with complex theories and filler. He gets straight to the point, telling you exactly what you need to know.
He challenges individuals to obtain new perspectives, work through obstacles and reach previously unattained goals. He fully understands the challenges and stresses of managing a business, especially the issues that busy professionals face.
Michael Cassar is founder of The Self Development Group.
In the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Judi Dench's character, Evelyn, says,
“Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected."
Maggie Smith's character, Muriel, responds,
"Most things don't. But you know, sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff."
Brief but powerful, this short exchange tells us a lot about how to achieve happiness.
What comes to mind when you think of "happiness?" Does it mean joy or excitement? How about comfort or fulfillment or peace or being satisfied? How about feeling loved? Happiness means different things to different people, but we know it when we feel it.
One thing it must mean is loving and accepting ourselves for who we are. Yet, from an early age we all receive criticism from others. Often these people are simply trying to train us in how to live safely and well. Parents and teachers and society all have rules for our benefit; these rules can be interpreted as criticism even when they are positive, and we receive a great deal of negative criticism along the way as well.
We don't like criticism from others, but from a very early age we internalize it and begin to criticize ourselves. Studies have shown that as much as 87% of our self talk is negative.
Because of this, our self-esteem is threatened from an early age. We want acceptance from others, but we don't even give it to ourselves. All the negative emotions and all the shades of insecurity (fear, anger, hate, jealousy, envy, depression, anxiety, and sadness) begin by the time we're toddlers. We can combine all this under the umbrella of unhappiness; unhappiness drains our energy, distracts us, and causes us to act in self-defeating ways.
Unhappiness doesn't have to be our fate. Our first step toward happiness requires that we confront and deal with our fears. Everyone has them – EVERYONE – fears are natural, but - EVERYONE – can overcome them and make peace with them. Our second step toward happiness is to learn some techniques for positive self-talk and behavior.
Like anything else of value, happiness takes some work, but it can be achieved. This ebook will show you first, how to fight fear and live peacefully with uncertainty, and second, how to think and act to facilitate happiness.
Far too many people waste time trying to buy happiness when it's readily available without costing a cent. Some people just wish and dream of a day when they'll be able to afford the things they feel will make them happy and successful, like a new home, exotic vacations, and more.
Happiness and success isn't derived from tangible things. It's a state of mind that allows you to further your progress in both your personal and professional life so that every day, you're achieving goals and reaching new milestones toward a better life.
To get yourself into this state of mind, you have to develop daily habits that don't hold you back, but instead help you get more done during the day, meet obligations with ease, and lie down at night with a smile on your face because everything's headed in the right direction.