Cook up some delicious joy.
Although what defines a 'truly happy life' is relative, we all want one.
Does 'true happiness' ever seem like a far-fetched possibility to you though? Like a rigged carnival game that keeps you striving for an unattainable prize? Maybe you finally get one area of your life smoothed out when another area starts to wobble. Striving for happiness can feel like a constant battle, and no one wants to live like that.
Here's the deal — Happiness is actually a recipe, and you’re simply missing some key ingredients. There's usually a pattern as to why happiness keeps eluding you. Here are four essential ingredients needed to grab joy and make it truly yours:
1. An ability to enforce clear, healthy boundaries.
You can name all the healthy boundaries you want, but until you actually enforce them, they won’t help you. In fact, you'll actually feel worse as they repeatedly get trampled.
You must know what you'll say and do in response to someone stepping over the line or invading your space … before it happens. Be willing to ruffle a few feathers or lose a few 'frenemies' in the process. Toxic friends and family members are not part of the truly happy life recipe, and well-enforced healthy boundaries provide a good way to discover who has your back ... and who doesn’t.
2. Rock solid self-confidence.
Enforcing healthy boundaries takes true confidence. Deeply grounded confidence to stand up for yourself and ensure you're treated the way you want, otherwise you'll never feel truly happy.
You may know you're great at your job or rocking your parenting skills, and that's great. That reflects what I call 'conditional confidence.' Self-confidence is different. It's a solid belief in yourself, regardless of circumstance, accomplishments, or what others think or say.
If you don’t have that sturdy foundation of self-confidence, you won’t uphold the boundaries you set. In fact, chances are, you'll violate your own boundaries first by inviting the wrong people into your life.
Bottom line, you must feel intrinsically worthy of the treatment you ask for in order to get it … even from yourself.
3. A deep relationship with yourself.
When you truly know who you are: Your strengths, weaknesses to improve, dreams, talents, values, lessons learned, etc., you feel more grounded, more worthy and much more confident.
If you are like most women, you’ve unconsciously looked for approval from others your whole life. As such, you've likely never even asked yourself the types of questions you'd ask a first date to get to know them better.
4. A willingness to free yourself from past pain.
Your subconscious mind stores every experience you’ve ever had, so if you start to repeat a painful one, it will warn you in an attempt to keep you safe in the here and now. That’s very helpful in many cases, but by the time you become an adult, there are a lot of stored up emotional experiences that keep you stuck.
The way to release them is through energy work. That entails relaxing your conscious mind and sweeping out the clutter from your subconscious mind. Or you can think of it this way: You were born with new software, and now you need to do a virus scan and load in some upgrades.
Updating the mental programs that keep you safe (and replacing the ones that keep you feeling stuck and stressed) with new ones that better support your success is essential to a good self-relationship and ultimately living a truly happy life.
Kelly Rudolph, founder of Positive Women Rock and specializes in guiding women to access their inner power and release outdated programs so they can be happy, free, and confident. Begin receiving her free Life Strategies right now.
This article was originally published at Positive Women Blog. Reprinted with permission from the author.