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"This is just what I needed to hear!"

I'm sure you've heard this common phrase before. It usually goes like this. Someone reads or hears so
"This is just what I needed to hear!"
I’m sure you’ve heard this common phrase before.
It usually goes like this.
Someone reads or hears something that entered their mind at just the right time. It creates a positive emotional reaction, “Voila!” There is a momentary calm, and the world seems right to them.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be on the giving end of this positive reaction with some of my tweets.
I love reading, “This is just what I needed to hear!” from a grateful recipient.
But it got me wondering.
Is there a better way?

Can We Control Our Happiness?
I think we have more control over our happiness than we realize.
I think that we could take a more proactive approach if we wanted to. But life comes at us fast, and it’s often easier to fly through our days while only occasionally stopping to come up for air.
So we check Twitter. Or we scan through an article online. Or we text a friend a messy paragraph of our feelings. But it doesn’t do much for us.
If we get the response that we “just needed to hear,” the benefit is only temporary–and life goes on.
But what if we could control our happiness? Might that lead to a longer amount of reassurance and poise?
You Are a Magician
You can conjure up magic. You have more power, more sleight of hand, and more devious tricks up your sleeve than you realize.
A good magician knows that it’s all about focusing an observer’s attention. If he can get the crowd to look a certain way, he can pull off the seemingly impossible. You can do this, too.
It comes down to directing your focus in the right directions. It starts with checking in with yourself. Simple, daily check-ins are all you need.
Before life happens to you, ask yourself this:
What am I needing in this moment? What would make me happy?
Then go after it. It’s as simple as that. It’s just like a magic trick. Once you know how it works, it’s sort of depressing. You think, it has to be more complicated than that. Is that it?
Yes, it’s the simple wisdom that will change your life.
Hearing is Seeing is Believing
So this is your challenge for today.
Let’s see if you can do it. I think you can.
Rather than waiting for life to give you exactly what you need, play your part. Be an active participant. Go seeking before it comes to you. You might just realize that being actively engaged in your life gives you a new perspective. You may start to notice more.
I’m not saying that you should never expect moments of delight–you should. What I am saying is that you can also create these moments of delight for yourself. You have that power.
Internal shifts in mindset lead to external shifts in reality.
That’s something that, at first, I really needed to hear. Now it’s something that I’m really happy to know.

Thanks for being here. It’s such a joy to write this newsletter, and your comments keep me going. Please let me know if there’s ever something you’d like to read about.
Enjoy your Friday,
Jordan

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