What if you had a volume knob that controlled the amount of happiness in your life?
What if feeling happier in any situation was as easy as turning this volume knob from one position to the other?
What if this happiness volume knob was bio metrically fit to work only if you were the one turning the knob?
What if it worked no matter what else was happening in your life and it was yours to keep and use for the rest of your life?
Well if you’ve read some of my other posts, you probably know what I’m going to say next…
You do already have this happiness volume knob and if you’re not using it, it’s probably because no one ever told you about it. Learning that you already have this volume knob can feel a little like learning you can fly and that you always could, you just never knew it.
Please picture a volume knob out in front of your field of vision.
Now please picture that it has only two possible positions on it; one if you turn it to the far left, and one if you turn it to the far right.
The position to the far left is labeled “expecting what you have in mind”. When your volume knob is set to this position, you experience the least amount of happiness possible.
The position on the far right is labeled “discovering how it’s way better than that”. When your volume knob is set to this position, you experience the most amount of happiness possible.
Now imagine you are in the next situation where you don’t feel as happy as you’d like to feel. Can you see it, hear it and feel it? What is happening?
Now imagine yourself in that situation seeing your happiness volume knob out in front of your field of vision.
You notice that it is in the far left position, set to “expecting what you have in mind”.
You realize that you are feeling less than the amount of happiness that you want because you are expecting things to match up with what you have in mind, and that is not happening in the situation.
Now imagine you turn the volume knob to the far right position, setting it to “discovering how it’s way better than that”.
You feel all of your energy and focus quickly shift from you judging the situation against the pictures in your head to you opening up and becoming curious about how this situation could be, or could lead to something way better than what you had in mind.
You feel your level of happiness instantly increase. You feel lighter and more free.
As you continue through the situation, you notice that anytime you start feeling less than the amount of happiness you want, it’s because your volume knob has clicked back to the far left position and you are once again “expecting what you have in mind”.
You realize the reason that it clicked back to the far left position was not because you consciously decided to turn it back. You realize that the far left position has been the default position for this knob almost your entire life because no one ever told you there was another position; in fact, no one told you there was even a knob in the first place!
You realize you have become an expert at “expecting what you have in mind”, and not so good at discovering anything different than that, much less “discovering how it’s way better than that”.
As you are realizing all this, you notice your volume knob out in front of your field of vision.
You notice again that it’s a knob with two positions and that if you want to feel more happiness, all you have to do is turn it to the far right position.
You reach out and turn it back to the far right position again, back to “discovering how it’s way better than that”. It works! You instantly feel happier and lighter! You instantly start to notice things that you didn’t notice before: new possibilities, new opportunities, things that could happen now that couldn’t have before.
As you remember that you have a happiness volume knob and you remember to use it, you realize it gets easier and easier to do. You realize it’s not hard to use, it’s just sometimes hard to remember you have it and to use it.
You notice that life seems to give you greater opportunities to get better at remembering to use your happiness volume knob. In fact, it seems like as soon as you learn about your happiness volume knob, life instantly tries to challenge you and give you situations where it is not easy to remember you have it and use it.
You notice that the more you remember to use it, especially through the more challenging situations, the easier it gets, the more it becomes part of how you live and the happier your life is becoming.