You know that goal you think you need to achieve in order to feel like you’ve “m…

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You know that goal you think you need to achieve in order to feel like you've “made it?” Well, guess what? Someone else has already achieved that goal…and they don't feel like they've made it.

When you finally reach that place you've always wanted to reach, it just allows you to see the next level more clearly, which causes you to want to achieve new and better things.

This cycle is fine, as long as you're not relying solely on new achievements to make you happy or to validate your worth. Otherwise, you'll get caught up in an endless cycle of feeling unsatisfied with what you have and where you are, sometimes called the “hedonic treadmill.”

It turns out that the happiest people are not externally motivated but rather intrinsically motivated. They focus more on process based goals rather than outcome based goals. Process based goals are still measurable and time-bound but they focus on habits instead of outcomes.

Outcome based goal: Lose 20 pounds
Process based goal: Go to the gym 4 days a week

I'm not saying you shouldn't have outcome based goals. But it's important to keep everything in perspective. Are you doing it for the accolades or awards? Or are you doing it for yourself?

Don't do it because you think it will make you happy, solve all your problems, or please others. This is a recipe for unhappiness. Do it for the sake of doing it. Do it because it feels good and because it's exciting. Do it because you want to. Do it for YOU. This is where you'll find long term happiness and fulfillment.
—Ruben Chavez

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“Don't take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.”
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“Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for …

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“Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting and make the most of the moment you're in now.”
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I’ve noticed that when I focus my energy on improving myself, I attract people, …

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I've noticed that when I focus my energy on improving myself, I attract people, circumstances and experiences that match my improved state of being. It's a beautiful thing.
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Don’t fall into the trap of never being satisfied with what you have. It’s easy …

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Don't fall into the trap of never being satisfied with what you have. It's easy to continually distract yourself with bigger goals, but it can be difficult to appreciate your life as it is right now.

This tendency is natural. For 99% of the time that humans have existed on this planet, being happy or at peace meant danger or death. We had to stay on our toes just to stay alive.

Even though we're no longer being chased by saber tooth tigers, that part of our brain hasn't changed. Practicing gratitude can help remind us that our life is actually pretty damn good, all things considered.

A PERSONAL EXAMPLE:
Ever since I was introduced to entrepreneurship by my first mentor when I was 18, it's been my goal to not only work for myself, but also have freedom of time and location.

When I finally reached that goal in 2014, I was SO excited. But eventually, the novelty and newness of the accomplishment wore off and I adjusted to a new normal. In fact, most of my peers and friends that I had made along the way were doing even “better” than I was!

It would've been easy for me to slip into a place where I was always dissatisfied with where I was at. But I caught myself before I fell into that trap. I reminded myself that I had achieved something I had been fantasizing about for a decade!

Once I really let that thought sink in, I was instantly filled with gratitude. And although I sometimes still have challenging days, I always go back to gratitude. Gratitude for how far I've come. Gratitude for where I'm at. Gratitude for where I'm going.

If you always think “success” is just around the corner with the next job, the next lover, the next achievement, it will never come. Make it a habit to celebrate small wins and milestones along the way to your larger goals.
—Ruben #ThinkGrowProsper

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This isn’t about being naive or pretending that negative things don’t happen. It…

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This isn't about being naive or pretending that negative things don't happen. It's about being aware that negative things happen but still having the courage to be positive in spite of them. Don't ever become so jaded with the world that you forget to notice all the good in it.
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If you only use external factors to measure your success or happiness, you will …

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If you only use external factors to measure your success or happiness, you will never feel like you've fully “arrived” because nothing external can ever validate your worth.

For the rest of your life, you will always be in the process of learning and growing. There is no finish line, so enjoy the journey.

When you adopt this mindset, you can start to pursue things because they excite you and enrich your life, not because you are trying to reach some made-up point in the future where you can finally start “living.”

It's great to strive for external goals, but if you have the belief that achieving things alone is the answer to your long-term happiness or inner peace, you will be disappointed. The joy is in the doing.
—Ruben #ThinkGrowProsper
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In a world where so many things are outside of our immediate control, it’s empow…

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In a world where so many things are outside of our immediate control, it's empowering to recognize and focus on the things that are within our control.
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