The following chapter is an excerpt from an upcoming book, 28 Strategies to be happy, which you can find here. Enjoy.
If you read only one chapter in this book, read this one:
Life is a game. And you are either on the field playing the game, or you are sitting on the bench or watching from the stands.
For most of my life, I was sitting on the bench. When I decided to get into the game, everything changed, and my life became a “successful” one, a life that was suddenly satisfying.
Look, you may choose to sit on your ass and watch Netflix every night. That’s your choice. But my guess is if you are reading this manifesto, that kind of life doesn’t really suit you.
And understand this: playing the game isn’t easy. It requires work, discipline, blood, sweat, and tears. You will need to practice, you will need to develop strategy, you will play injured, and you’ll get hit hard by other players. And there is a risk that you might lose from time to time.
But you will also achieve wins and great performances!
In the end, when you are reflecting back on your life, you’ll relish the game that you played. You’ll treasure the fact that it was hard, and that you gave as good as you got.
You cannot be happy or successful sitting on the bench. So, choose to get into the game, for you will find that true happiness comes from being on the field, contributing.
KEY ACTION: Decide to do something (a hobby, a different job, new projects) that YOU want to do. And decide to stop “not” doing them because somebody else doesn’t think it’s a good idea.