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Don’t Worry Be Happy! “I’ll Be Happy When” Syndrome – Say This Instead

Podcast | Episode 13

Don’t Worry Be Happy! “I’ll Be Happy When” Syndrome – Say This Instead

Entrepreneurship, Mindset, Relationships
Gaurav Chawla Gaurav Chawla
Entrepreneurship, Mindset, Relationships
“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have” - Buddha

I’ll be happy when…I lose 10 pounds

I’ll be happy when…I get married.

I’ll be happy when…I get my dream job

I’ll be happy when…I buy my dream house.

I’ll be happy when…I have children.

I’ll be happy when…I can retire.

We tend to predict that our happiness is derived from a future event. As soon as that future event provides temporary excitement, we soon replace it with another happiness milestone. 

In reality, we should have gratitude for the steps taken to get to this point and be thankful that we know where we want to go.

Some questions we ask: 

  1. Life is a staircase. If you are at step 200 and anticipate happiness at step 750, how do you know if more steps are guaranteed? (2:00)
  2. When you meet a potential partner, do you disqualify them based on superficial criteria or focus on how they make you feel? (10:00)
  3. If you will be happy when you get a new job or your business takes off, what are you doing to get to that point? (12:00)
  4. If you reach the top of the ladder, what if you realize you are climbing the wrong ladder? (13:00)
  5. Are you surrounding yourself with people who talk about other people or people who talk about vision? (14:00)

In this episode, we examine and banish the “I’ll be happy when” statement in our relationships, physical, materialistic, career goals.  

The next time you catch yourself saying “I’ll be happy when..”, replace it with “I’m happy because”. 

Instead of predicting happiness at  a future benchmark, be happy now because there is no guarantee in tomorrow. 

You are exactly where you need to be for a reason and can get anywhere you want to be in if you enjoy the process. Don’t worry, be happy:)

"You'll never be happy if you don't enjoy the process."
Gaurav Chawla

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"There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs." Staying Uncomfortable is the result of my mind trying to make sense of life, people, and the world around me. The fickle nature of life has made me realize the importance of being in the present moment, and that life is all about enjoying these little moments. As I embark upon this journey of spirituality and a growth mindset, I invite you along with us, to share your perspectives, and to challenge ours. Lots of love, and gratitude for being here with us.

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