And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
– Muhammad Ali
Last week, I served as a facilitator for an all-girl middle school retreat and presented a workshop on joy. It was such an awesome experience that really lightened my heart. I felt like I was doing what I was supposed to be doing.
Considering my audience, I decided to create a workshop on happiness. Middle school was one of the most hellish phases of my life, with far-reaching ramifications that extended far beyond the secondary education phase. Well, it turns out middle school just might be hellish for a lot of folks. I wanted to share some of what I’ve learned with them in hopes of it being impactful, sticking, and prevent some of the self-esteem battering so many of us experience at that age.
Middle schoolers aren’t the only ones struggling to be happy, though, so I figured I’d post something about it.
On a daily basis, millions of messages are presented to us by outside entities wanting to define and control us. Nothing about this is new in our modern world, and as time progresses, our exposure only seems to increase.
Marketing relies on exploiting the fears, insecurities, and desires of potential customers to make them actual customers. This process doesn’t occur strictly within the context of the marketplace for goods; we can apply the same process to the marketplace for ideas.
We are bombarded with messages about who we are, who we should be, who we could be, what we can do, should do, and could do. Without much consideration to the truth, applicability, or consequences, sometimes we agree with the messages and restrict ourselves from living in full expression of who we truly are.