Happiness Today: Let Your Goals Be Your Guide

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in Get your goals | 6 comments

What did you almost do today? Think about the things you thought about doing and didn’t get around to actually doing- this is your almost list.

Maybe you almost got to work on time this morning, or almost packed a lunch instead of going out. You almost asked for help with a challenging project, or almost got around to the task you’ve been procrastinating.

Most of the time, the things you almost do are your goals. They are the choices you want to make and, when faced with the option, often choose not to do. These are the things you make excuses for not doing, and decide to do differently tomorrow.

Loving your life is the result of actively participating in your choices today. Happiness doesn’t come tomorrow if you repeat the same behavior day after day, and you can’t save today’s joys for a future day.


Today’s happiness must be experienced today. You have the option to be happy today by making choices that honor your goals.

Focusing too intently on happiness at the achievement of your goals can keep you from enjoying this day. Banish the idea that happiness is a prize you get only after struggle and strife. You can choose happiness today.

When faced with a choice, ask yourself, “how will I benefit?” This simple question can help guide your day and align your choices with your goals.

Another way to support your goals and choose happiness is by doing the right thing. You know what is right for you and you can choose to do the right thing at any time today. You may consider posting a note to yourself that says, “Just for today, do the right thing.”

Each day I encourage you to find happiness where you are instead of focusing on where you want to be. Let your goals be your guide, not your destination.

I would love to hear from you! What choice will you make today to honor your goals?

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  1. Very well said Chrysta, life is one big huge choice.

    I’m happy to say that I have accomplished everything I have on my list of what I needed to do today. I have a few things on my list in case I have the time but if not, that can roll over to tomorrow. I’m very good at getting the job done that needs to be done.

    Plus I always choose happiness. Once again, it’s a choice and it’s a pretty easy one for me. We can chose how we react to things so you are right when you say, how can we benefit from this if we chose another way.

    I enjoy this topic, about life in general. Isn’t it just great to be alive! I know that I’m truly blessed to even be here so make it the best day possible.

    Appreciate you sharing.


    • I am ever so grateful for your comments, Adrienne!

      Choosing happiness is the single most significant influence on my day, and I find the more I choose happiness, the more I notice things in life to be happy about.

      Asking myself “how will this benefit me?” is such a great perspective check for me. When I ask myself that question I can instantly let go of feelings of frustration and resentment. It’s such a great tool for me.

      I have really been enjoying your blog, and I love that blogging has allowed me to connect with so many inspirational people!


  2. I agree, I do tend to procrastinate sometimes. Today, I have things to do and I want to get started and I’m taking my time because of the weather! I plan to go to an ATM, then a supermarket and then take photographs. It’s the latter, I need good weather for! I wrote a blog and cooked lunch at the same time. I’ll put that on a timer to publish at 9am tomorrow; today’s blog I wrote last night and I got as many page views in the first hour after it was published as I usually get in a day! I think when we first set the goal to do something we should just get on with it! I started a bucket list, things to do before I kick it. When I’m optimistic I tend to add things and when I am in a procrastinating mood; I take things off! :)

    • I like your suggestion of setting a goal and doing it right away. In my free time I might get distracted by a magazine or the internet and not get around to doing what I really want to do. Downtime is important, too, of course, but I don’t actually get much enjoyment out of mindless web surfing.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Mike!

  3. Happiness has been a topic of discussion and exploration for years and it will always be. But, most of us have these jerks when we loose our stable state of mind and create unhappiness. So, it is this tiny times we need to make happy to make days and years happy eventually.

    What you said is utterly true. Find happiness in the now rather than searching for it in the future or the things you ‘wish’ you had…

    and cute blog design…Lovin it!

    • Thank you for your comments, Jaky! So glad to hear you like the new design and I’m excited to be using the Comment Luv function.

      It can be so hard to maintain happiness, when happiness is actually easy to have. There’s a lot of social pressure to be something else, want something else, do something else than we are currently doing and this contributes to an attitude of not being happy with what we have, and thinking we won’t have happiness until we have more.

      I agree happiness is in the little things as well as the big things. This is why I regularly practice making a gratitude list. It’s such a simple and easy way to consciously focus on all the reasons to be happy today, instead of looking at the reasons not to be happy.

      Enjoy your day, Jaky!


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