If you have been following this blog, you might pick up on the fact that I like simple explanations and solutions. A big fan of Occam's Razor and the idea that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. So when it comes to trying to solve the puzzle of success and happiness, a simple solution that makes sense to me is to take small actions on a regular basis over a long enough period of time and success and happiness can be ours.
Don't get too discouraged by the idea of a "long enough period of time". People tend to overestimate what they can accomplish in one year and underestimate what they can accomplish in 10 years. 10 years may seem like a long time, though even in 5 years, you will probably be able to accomplish more than you may think. What this tells me is to be persistent and patient.
One of the small things I have been doing on a regular basis is to write out my goals and questions about how I am what I want to be. Some of these are 5 year goals and seem unreachable at this time, though I keep them out there at markers to head for.
Out of curiosity, I went back and checked out the first goal session that I wrote on June 20th this year. One of the goals I had was to take a business class trip to America in February 2013. I had forgotten that this was one of my goals and had not been reinforcing this. I'm sure that at the time I wrote that down, I did not have the money to take such a trip and couldn't imagine how it would happen, it was a dream.
It turns out that just 2 weeks ago, I figured out that I have enough airline and hotel points to take my wife, son and I to Hawaii in February 2013, flying business class. The tickets are purchased and hotel reserved. It's truly amazing. 4 months ago I had a goal that I planted in my mind and then with some time it was able to show up.
I'm excited to see how my 5 year goals show up.