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Happiness is a Verb: Forward Momentum

“The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.” ~ Benjamin Elijah Mays

I remember hearing that goals without action were merely dreams that would never come true. After all, when you survey all the leaders and successful people on this planet that have made their dreams come true, you would find that goal setting, in conjunction with action, is what all these people have in common. What you might not realize is that failure in reaching those goals is also an important trait that these people share, too. And, there is nothing wrong with having to struggle a little in order to make your dreams come true.

The truth is that just because you have to revise and redirect the path to the kind of life you want to live does not signify failure. Failure is only guaranteed if you should decide never to try. In this case, failure arises in not taking steps toward the goals you wish to pursue.

Let’s think about this for a bit. Recent studies regarding the psychology of happiness and positive thinking reveals that the most happy and fulfilled individuals are those that are constantly setting goals and challenges for themselves. They cite that once a goal is attained, the happiness factor diminishes until a new goal is set in place and the striving begins anew. I call this forward momentum.

Are you achieving forward momentum or are you set in “park” mode wondering why happiness and a sense of fulfillment have eluded you? If so, get your tail in gear and decide today to make sure you not only have a dream but are regularly setting goals and taking action steps that will insure your forward momentum, thus "living" that life of your dreams. Remember; people who have the passion and drive to accomplish small steps find it easier to make larger ones as they move along toward their goal, their dream, and so will you.

As always – enjoy your life.

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

The Legal Stuff: I write to inform, inspire and encourage my readers to enjoy all that life has to offer. The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise, diet or wellness program. 

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