courage

Apr
04
2013

How to be happier  We see it in the blossoming trees, in the blooming flowers, and in the flowing rivers. Spring is here, and it is all around us. The seasons and the nature have all made noticeable transformations…have you? What constructive changes have you made to your life lately? I suppose you wouldn’t have to change a single thing if you are completely satisfied with all aspects of your career, your education, your relationships, and yourself, but I can’t say I know many people who are. And if you’re not completely satisfied, what’s stopping you from trying something new?

“If you want something you’ve never had,

you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” 

–Thomas Jefferson

 

We  waste too much time finding excuses for why we haven’t made adjustments in our lives. It is too easy to use busyness as justification for becoming complacent with our situations—and I can’t say I haven’t fallen victim to this as well. Perhaps we don’t have blocks of two or three hours that we can dedicate to the sole purpose of bettering ourselves; however, we all have smaller blocks of ten or fifteen minutes scattered throughout our day that we haven’t used to their full potential. Instead of using this time to make yet another creative excuse, use it to form new habits or to reconnect with those you have lost touch with. Spend five minutes in the morning packing a salad for lunch instead of hitting drive-through on your lunch break; spend ten minutes on your way home from work or while you’re cooking dinner to call up an old friend or family member who you haven’t spoken to in a while; spend one and a half minutes at night remembering to floss before you go to bed. By improving ourselves, we gain confidence, strength, and positivity that will reflect on the other characteristics of our lives.

Drastic changes that are difficult to maintain are considerably easier to give up on. The most successful goal-maker is one who sets achievable goals. So don’t start something that you know you will give up on in a week; find something meaningful that you want to change for the better, and change it gradually. Most importantly, don’t be complacent. If we change our standards to fit our current condition, we will never find out what we are fully capable of. You don’t have to wait until New Years to find something about yourself that you want to change for the better. Spring is a time of renewal, so spring forward in your life and renew your energy by taking a positive step toward improvement.

Addendum: As we face fear in times of tragedy, our hearts go out to those suffering and experiencing a loss at this time. You are not alone and our hearts go out to you and your loved ones.

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

Mar
03
2013

When you dare, you are courageous and bold enough to try something new. The good news is, you have nothing to lose when trying a new endeavor, the bad news is, many don’t and often sit on the edge of fear rather than faith. This is my way of poking you to dare to be the You that has been aching to express yourself and create a new life. Guess what? I have done this at least three different times and I am doing it again, taking leaps of faith and swallowing cups of courage to create a life that I was meant to live! If I can do it, so can you?

Often I have to stop asking myself what is holding me back and just do what feels right in my heart. Listening, visualizing and being in the moment is often where my happiness is just hanging out, wondering where I have been and why I have not tapped into my well of happiness. Perhaps you may be doing the analysis paralysis, just as I, when change is brewing and you cautiously hang on the sidelines. I call this being a fencesitter to your life. Well, it’s time to get off the fence and begin to renew! The time is NOW  to open up our well of happiness.

The more happiness we spread the sooner our world can be happier. The premise behind this is simple, science has shown that we are happier when we share happiness with another. Simply, put when you smile at another, in most cases he/she smiles back. Smiling is one of the best cures to making another feel good.

Creating a new life, is an inside job with lots of help by others who believe in you and see you as successful already! We all need a little help along the way and I am one of those people who believes we can live our dreams out loud, one step at a time.

And remember, succes does not lead to happiness, it is our happiness that leads to success!

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle/brand expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie for a free  30  minute strategizing session, change your life for the better! CONTACT NOW.

 

Oct
10
2012

Imagine your dream as a bowl of paint, let’s name your paint as your “happy” paint. You are the brush that dips into your happy paint and begin to make happy strokes within your current life canvas. The fun part is you get to choose the colors, the content and the direction in which to manifest your dream canvas. It’s ok if you make a few mistakes along the way, that’s how you know you are on the right path to your dream. The magic behind all of this is based on movement. Movement accelerates into steps, steps into leaps and leaps into accomplishments. Remember the things that happen to you do not define who you are. In short, you may feel like a victim but you can be the victor from the situation, as every episode in life has a meaning, in most cases it determines what you don’t want, so you can crystallize what you do want. What we learn from our past evolves us into our future. So are you moving toward your dream?

On the news today I listened to an inspiring story about a supposed washed up golfer who for nearly twenty years was following his passion to be a professional golfer. He started at age 25 and won the Scottish open at age 30, but on the PGA tour he had not won a tournament of the 334 PGA starts. He was out there everyday, pushing himself to be the pro he knew he could be. In the meantime, he was working side jobs to help support his wife and 2 kids and was unable to buy health insurance for his family.  At age 52, he finally decided it was time to give up his dream  and move on. Upon his dismay, all his buddies got together and supported him for one year to follow his dream, they knew he had it in him.  He was given a second chance to pick up the sport again, except this time around he realized he had to do something different  to make his dream a reality. He practiced new mind exercise everyday, hired a new swing coach, got a sports psychologist and changed his exercise routine. He said, ‘ it’s better to be decisive than right.” His attitude of perseverance and strong belief in self  won him the prestigious senior PGA championship. For twenty years Michael Allen went from “Michael Who?” to living his life calling as a big money maker in his dream of playing golf for the first time in his life.

More and more people I am meeting seem to be sharing the birth of their inner passion and taking leaps of faith, everyday. Just yesterday I met with two gorgeous ladies, both have made huge leaps of faith and are happier and more excited about life doing what they love. There is no reason why you can’t do the same? Yes, we all have to make a living, no doubt, and you will as the process is not as difficult as you think. Let’s take a look at how you can make your dream a reality and be the architect of your destiny.

1. Don’t quit your day job yet, work at it but start your passion on the side or weekends, it may take a bit longer but it will be worth it!

2. When you begin your passion, your mind and actions will expand, pretty soon you will be doing your passion!

3. Birth your idea, in some way or form, this could be a book, a workshop, a blog , partnering with an entity , all of these facets are areas that will begin the launch of your dream.

4. Everything you have learned up to this point has prepared you, even if you think your not ready, just start. There is a learning curve in anything new, but once your learning your growing and this is part of living the dream.

5. The fear that is in your way is just a mirror of our own self- doubt. Fear is like worry, a waste of time. Stop entertaining your  power on fear and start using your  power by taking a cup of courage and having a little fun dabbling in your dream and painting with your happy paint.

The sooner you start taking leaps of faith, the better you will feel. When you feel good, good things happen! When you think positively, positive things occur. Sometimes, you just have to let it all go, get messy and have some fun with your passion. So, get busy living, life is too short not to and seek a little help from your friends!

Tell us how you started your passion and how it’s going, we want to spread the happiness stroke on the world canvas? Don’t be shy.

If you need help becoming fearless, entertain those inner gems with the Become Fearless Quiz, it’s fun and will help you overcome your personality obstacles.

Become inspired and take a look at the clip about Michael Allen’s Life Calling 

Need a Life Lift? Jackie Ruka’s signature blend of advice, wisdom and inspiration can help you create an authentic, empowered life! Learn more.

 

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert and inspiration coach for women who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

 

 

 

May
05
2012

It’s that time of year where all is blooming and newness is surging. Spring is a time of renewal and there is no better time to hit the reset button  and build up the courage to create what you desire in your life. But, first let’s take a closer look at what renewal actually means, it could mean a much different concept to me than to you. According to yourdictionary.com, renewal is to make new or as if new again, make young, fresh or strong again or reestablish, revive. To give new spiritual strength to. What do you desire to renew in your life or wish to give new spiritual strength toward?

Lately I have had several conversations surrounding trust and trusting others into our lives. Why is this ? I think it is fair to say that we all want love in our lives and we are all responsible for our own happiness. To choose happiness on a day to day type of manner can work for a while , however,  sustained happiness is encouraged by allowing positive people into our lives. To allow, we must trust, moreover, we must trust in ourselves and our own judgement. This is where it gets murky for most.  Simply put, opening our hearts takes trust and courage. The courage to believe you can do this despite your fear and the free will to make it happen with strong belief  of deserving and receiving. Perhaps you have shutdown your feelings to this idea based on fear and self limiting beliefs. Trust is an act based upon integrity. If you are acting from integrity, you will attract it. If the cues from others are telling you otherwise, just observe and learn. You will know when to speak up and re – establish trust in a manner that works for both parties.

It is the optimist who hopes for change, it is the realist who adjusts the situation and makes the change. The difference between hope and faith is that hope lives in a perpetual feeling and faith takes action . So what gets you AMPED !!? The first thing that pops into your head is usually what you most desire.  Go change your situation, right now and have the courage to take a step in a direction that leads you closer to your dream. If you can imagine it, you can do it !

Life Enhancement Tip: Imagine that you are at the place you want to be. Visualize your self standing there with a beautiful golden light surrounding you. Positive people surround you and your essence glows, your talent glows, your heart is open as your dream is in the making. You are loved !

Quote: “How happy you decide to be, is depending upon how much you love who you are.” Mick Murphy

Jackie Ruka is an author, artist, therapist and lifestyle expert who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to launching your unique happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Go here, www.gethappyzone.com, to read Jackie’s blog.

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