I always love the dramatic pauses.
And how to find happiness is a topic that makes it easy for me to make the pauses in my stage show matter even more.
I get to survey the scene and gather my thoughts while the audience waits to hear and feel what’s coming next.
And if I’ve done my job well, they aren’t just ‘waiting’; they’re anticipating with incredible passion.
In this particular case, the mission was very much accomplished.
I looked out at the large, densely populated room and saw nothing but wide eyes and gaping mouths.
I had them.
Exactly where I wanted them in every way; pulse rates increased, breathing more rapid and their butts shuffled up to the edge of their seats.
I was set to reveal my tenets on how to find happiness. But not before I made the true core of the matter loud and clear for everyone to understand…
“Are you happy?” I asked.
I pointed directly to a vibrant looking young woman sitting in the second row.
“Yes” she answered meekly. I had caught her off guard perfectly.
“They didn’t hear that at the back, my love” I joked with her.
“YES!” she answered with enthusiasm.
“How about you?” I asked pointing to a man at the very back of the immense theatre, demonstrating without words that no one in attendance was safe from this part of my show.
“YES!” came his forceful, yet jovial holler so all could hear.
But I don’t say that in a negative or mean-spirited sense, at all.
Because we’re ALL lemmings from time-to-time; especially when the topic turns to a private, emotional matter like this.
The stage was set and the tone in place. It was time for me to make my real point…
“Liars” I said with a flat tone.
This second dramatic pause was much louder. Absolutely no one was expecting that kind of statement. After all, ‘motivational speakers’ are all about the hype, buzz and hysteria.
But I’m about the Truth.
Which is why I explained that I didn’t think these two people were liars, per say, but that everyone in the theatre would be best serve to look in the mirror and answer that question truthfully for themselves.
Are you happy?
In my life, I can tell you conclusively that true success (in both the material and fulfillment sense) has been a measurement in harmony to my degree of authentic happiness.
How to find happiness is not at all about becoming ‘successful’; but the inverse is very real.
In order to achieve success, in any way you opt to define that word, happiness is the premium factor that must come first.
During the remaining portion of my show, I explained to the audience that the key to how to find happiness is based on:
- The Truth to which you answer the question about your current state of happiness
- Understanding the common thread that connects us all to the state of being happy
While on stage, I used both stories from my own life as well as research to illustrate my point.
And on Wednesday, I’ll share that with you.
But let me leave you with this resounding point to consider….
Are you truly happy?
Let that question soak in for 48 hours.
How to find happiness. I have much more for you about that coming up.
Now, watch this video for a couple of more key insights:
Are you truly happy? Scroll down and leave your comments below…
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