pyramid-300x244Think about a time when you were so lit up that time stood still.

What were you doing? Who were you talking to? What made you so happy?

I know deep down you really want to do what your heart wants you to do. So often we chase things or do things out of fear or addictions. What is that your deepest heart is wanting you to do every day? No, I’m not talking about a means to an end, but what your heart tells you to do.

We all have a deeper purpose and calling. We all want to be in contribution somehow to something bigger than our material things or survival.

Maslow hinted to it with his Hierarchy of Needs but I think he missed the mark. Bold statement, I know.

Tony Robbins is much closer when talks about the 6 Basic Human Needs and how we live our lives through these drivers:

  1. Certainty/Comfort
  2. Variety
  3. Significance
  4. Connection/Love
  5. Growth
  6. Contribution

I think it is important to be conscious of what is driving us. This will help us be in alignment with our deeper selves. Notice how some of them are driven from the inside-out and others are more outside-in.

I believe that true happiness comes from a solid mixture of all of them, and also an inside-out world view and lifestyle. God knows I have certainly tried to fill my life up with things and crashed and burned.

No amount of external things will provide the happiness we truly desire. Yes, it will provide some short term bursts of bio-chemicals that make us feel better, but truly, do you think “things” will make you happy long term?

I certainly have bumped into some people along the way who have external success but are hooked on alcohol, sugar, adrenaline and more. They keep chasing the dragon, so to speak, and never find sustainable joy. Happiness is fleeting, but joy comes from living a life of love, care and contribution to your fellow man.

The infamous quote from Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) in the epic movie Wall Street “How much is enough, Gordon? When does it all end, huh? How many yachts can you water-ski behind? How much is enough, huh?”

I firmly believe that we must find our calling and spend a good portion of our time contributing to others awakening. Serving people open to their best selves. This is where true joy and happiness come from.

Do you agree?