Are you unhappy with your career or with your life? Do you have trouble waking up every morning and getting ready for work? It doesn’t matter whether you’re twenty or eighty, being satisfied, fulfilled, and happy with your life is important. The older we get, though, the less importance we tend to place on being happy or fulfilled. Instead, we see family as our priority, taking care of the kids and the bills as being the most important thing in the world.

We also get caught up in the materialistic society in which we live and believe that the only way to be truly happy is to be able to own the things that we want, take vacations to exotic destinations, or to be able to buy our children every little whimsical item that they see in the stores. We are driven by consumerism and have been sold on the notion that being able to afford things is the gateway, or the key, to true happiness.

Happiness lies within

Let me let you in on a little secret. Okay, so it’s not a secret, but it might as well be considering so many people just don’t realize it or accept it. Happiness doesn’t come from the things that we can buy with our money. Happiness comes from doing what you love to do in life, being the person that you were destined to be.

Destiny. It’s a word that can create hope and inspiration as well as despair and desire. Destiny is something that shouldn’t be feared, but should rather be embraced. It’s not a rock-solid presence as many believe. It’s a movable entity that can be shaped. It is something that guides our lives and tries to nudge us in the right direction so that we can be happy. Then we see the television commercial for the latest technological creation and we believe that we’ll be happy again if we just buy it.

Your destiny leads to your happiness. Re-evaluating your life for the future is not only a good idea for anyone, it’s a responsible idea. When you re-evaluate your life, you are able to dig down deep to the core of who you are and decide whether you are pursuing what you want out of your life, as far as your career is concerned, at least.

What might have inspired you ten or twenty years ago may have slipped away from you over the years. You may have a new passion for something in your life but you can’t seem to reach it because your career or other obligations get in the way. When you  re-evaluate your life, from career to relationships, you often discover things that need work, things that are missing, or things that you have or do that add nothing to your overall happiness with life.

Times change and people change. With such a simple and universal truth that all of us already know and accept, why is it that so many of us assume that we can’t change our lives for the future? Being satisfied, fulfilled, and happy should be the goal. When you re-evaluate your life, you discover those goals.

Curt Canada coaches and advises clients in areas of career,executive,leadership,and personal development in Washington DC at FindingYourZenith. Curt is a member of the International Coach Federation and the Christians Coach Network. Mr. Canada can be reached at curtcanada@verizon.net

 What healthy goals and behaviors will you add to your daily schedule so that your quality of life improves? Health care looms as one of the major topics of conversation.  With the rising cost of gasoline, economic uncertainty, and unpredictability about the cost of healthcare, you can make a huge investment in lowering your medical bills by changing your lifestyle behaviors!

Here’s five healthy behaviors in which you can reap benefits :

BREAKFAST

…Ok  you don’t have time to plan and prepare that most important meal of the day…..you’re trying to lose weight so you settle for a breakfast drink… or perhaps you will eat something after arriving at work. Breakfast is the fuel your body needs and requires so that you be at peak performance with renewed concentration ready to tackle most physical and mental tasks thrown at you.

“Did you know that a whopping 93% of adults agree that breakfast is a key part of a healthful diet, according to IFIC Food& Health Survey(1). Yet 50 % do not eat breakfast daily.” http://quakeroats.com/quaker-for-health-care-professionals/content/benefits-of-breakfast.aspx

DAILY EXERCISE

“A  30 minute exercise regimen daily reaps benefits .” According to a featured article by Peggy Rynk on BNET states that ” daily exercise besides lowering the risk of coronary artery disease also reduces the risk of developing Type II  Diabetes, help control weight, increase muscle strength , and helps us to support our independence as we age, and much more.”

MEDITATION  

In a 2003 article written by Colin Allen, on “The Benefits of Meditation” in Psychology Today, he states that ” Neuroscientists have found that people who meditate shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex. Brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before.

The website at http://www.healthandyoga.com/HTML/meditation/objectives.html mentions  that meditation leads to a deeper level of relaxation…a reduction of anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate ….and finally an increase in serotonin production which influences mood and behavior. * Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia, and headaches.”

COMMUNICATION

It seems as though how we communicate has changed so drastically that it is almost impossible to gauge whether such behavior is of quality in terms of overall health i.e. Twitter, Facebook, and all the other social media websites. I’m not so sure this is a healthy way of communicating. I will say that for the sake of topic and comment that healthy communication that’s more intimate and f2f (face-to -face) is what’s proposed here ; our conversations with family, workers and colleagues about a desired outcome or personal expectation. Communication that elicits an atmosphere of awareness with and for the other person as in being mindful defines communication as a healthy behavior.

Lastly….

SLEEP

Do you find it difficult to shut down; to quiet yourself, you need a pharmaceutical helper or a social beverage; feeling of productivity and purpose….”six hours or less has shown as not enough for today’s personal,physical,emotional ,spiritual, and workplace demands.” In addition, other studies report that a lack of sleep (8 hours) exhibits irritability, inability to concentrate, alters immune function, mental and physical impairment, and memory and cognitive performance, and general productivity. Get off your computer or Facebook and that blackberry and get to bed as early as possible.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/importance_of_ sleep_and_health.htm

http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/full/64/7/E25

Beginning tonight, I will go to bed at an earlier hour! “Change your schedule, change your life.” What will you do?

Curt Canada MSW  provides Career, Leadership, Executive , and Life Coaching  at FindingYourZenith in Washington DC. Curt is a Member of the International Coach Federation and the Christian Coaches Network. He holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Teacher Education from The American University in Washington D.C.