The Habit of Happy Hustling

I’m kind of a book addict. What I like to do is reach my hand up onto a bookshelf in a bookstore and see which book falls into my hand. Too bad I can’t choose men that way LOL!  I’ve been reading this book, Super Rich by Russell Simmons and this was how we found each other. After it first fell into my hand, I read the back cover and was quite intrigued as it talked about moving past your preconceived notions of what success is and how to reach abundance. Turning it over to look at the front cover and seeing the name Super Rich, and the fact that the book just radiates out a money energy, I was kind of shocked I would buy a book on being super rich. But alas, it had fallen into my hand and I knew I had to have it.

By the time I got to page 5 I had already had my mind blown when he explains even though the title of his book might suggest one would end up super rich, the book is not about how to obtain a mansion or a collection of beautiful luxury cars.  In the book he is actually encouraging you to strive for something much greater than material abundance. It’s about living in a state of consciousness where you’re able to see and allow the miracles of life to unfold right before your eyes. Its about the abundance of spirit and being connected to your highest self in a way very few people are able to. This is how one experiences the riches of life, and also that it can lead to material abundance and usually does, but is not the focus of the book.

Ok, now it makes sense why I got the book.

There’s a part in the book called The Happy Hustler. He basically talks about doing everything – every single thing – no matter how menial you think it is with a happy heart. To approach all of your work this way, with a smile, and the care you would give the most important task or do something that you loved. He suggests to blur and even remove the distinction of what success is and what failure is. So I thought to myself, “What if I spent an entire day like this? What if I approached everything I did with a smile, a happy heart, hustle, selflessness, dedication and drive, what would that be like?” And so last night I thought “ok tomorrow is the day to try this out. Let’s see what happens!” And so I easily fell asleep with a smile.

Wake up: Is that really a weedwacker RIGHT OUTSIDE MY WINDOW? Yep it was. This is how I woke up, definitely not birds chirping or the soothing sounds of a water fall – that would be what would make me smile. I recalled I needed to smile, so I did and realized my face was grimaced like I was watching someone dissect an animal – ugh high school memories. As I drank my coffee I noticed I didn’t have the “ugh need to crawl back in bed” feeling I usually have. So I stayed present and drank my coffee and really tasted it vs. just drinking it like a shot to hurry up and get it in my body so the day can commence. I actually felt slightly more happy (I’m a little grumpy in the morning, or so I’ve been accused.) Hmmm..ok. I noticed I immediately got up and started to do some tasks. Usually I would sit and daydream or journal for a while, but I actually felt like doing something.

Early Afternoon: Time to pay the bills. Now normally this is a task no one really enjoys. Instead I smiled and paid several bills, stayed focused and present, did each one with awareness and total care. I actually felt no emotion about saying goodbye to sweet money. As a matter of fact, I blessed each payment and asked it to come back to me. Then I even sorted through receipts and did some accounting.  This kind of stuff I consider boring and would put off til receipts were falling on my head or I absolutely had to take care of this. Alright, something was working. Usually the coffee doesn’t even kick in by now so I knew it wasn’t that. I even made a healthy lunch and ate with total presence and joy. The salad I usually have even tasted better. Ok a little better, not super duper better though but I actually remembered to taste it this time. Usually I would need something very spicy or rich before my taste buds woke up, but they seemed to be awake today.

Afternoon – evening: Easy breezy did some phone sessions. Well to be honest, most of the time this is how I approach my work – with dedication, smiles, joy, and presence. Its easy because I love what I do and love to work with people.

Late Evening: Here we are. Normally I’d be napping and reading or thinking about all the things I actually should be doing but have been avoiding for centuries. I’m actually smiling as I type this, have a lot of energy left and feel like my usual black cloud is not hovering over my head – it might be nearby who knows – but at least its not lurking over me.

So that was my fun experiment. I realized I don’t need things like birds chirping and waterfalls to make me happy. I keep waiting on something to show up to make me happy. What I realized is, I make me happy. Its a choice. Actually its more like a mindset, a habit if you will. I’m unfortunately trained to be unhappy til something comes along to change that. What I’ve been waiting for all along was me! Try it out and see!

Some tips: The best time to set your intention to do this is before bed like I did, then you can sleep and release some blocks to doing this and being in this energy the next day and it’ll be a bit easier. You will probably wake up like, uh, am I really going to do this? But then say yes! The best time to restate your intention is when you first wake up and are still kind of in the sleep zone. This way the message goes directly to your subconscious. Then take your time and be present with everything you do, remind yourself to smile and that everything you do is essentially for you in one way or another and can be an opportunity to be happy. So many people, when you ask them what they really want, say: Just to finally be happy! What if happiness is just a habit?

Affirmation for you beautiful ones: Today I approach everything I do with a smile, a happy heart, hustle, selflessness, dedication, and drive. I wonder how happy I can be today?