12 May

Driven to improve my life situation every year, I would sit down and write all my goals. I learned to write them in detail and review then regularly. Over time, I got pretty good at achieving almost everything I ever wanted. But then one year, my list was different. I was nearly fifty and started thinking about how I felt about my life. You hear so many say that happiness comes from within. I was convinced that there was much more to this than I understood and decided to take the challenge. I knew deep down inside that I really wasn’t all that happy. There were still many unsettled issues in my life, dreams I hadn’t accomplished, and an overall dissatisfaction with what I had achieved thus far. So I wrote out my goals for the year with only three items on the list, and I placed them in order of importance. The very first thing on my list was to discover happiness. Sounds crazy, right? I knew that I was really good at achieving my goals, so I thought that as long as it is on my list, I could accomplish it. I made it a priority because I came to realize that there was something missing on the inside, something intangible. It was no longer about stuff or circumstances in my life. It was all about the world I create every moment of every day. I just did not know where to look for it. I realized for the first time in my life that I knew that I did not know how to find happiness. It was at this point that I opened my mind to the answer.

If you are facing a challenge in life, before setting out a course to find answers, I strongly suggest that you decide early on that you really don’t know the answer first. So many people ask for help then explain all the reasons why any suggestion won’t work. Once you admit that you don’t know how to do something, you open your mind to solutions. You know what? It’s OK not to know. Nobody knows everything. We are all here trying to figure this out. Look to success and keep an open mind. I wrote Stop the Rain Dance specifically because I, too, suffered a number of failures in my life and would like to spare others the same. I also enjoyed many successes. Today, I enjoy excellent health, terrific relationships and I have come to understand many of the challenges associated with money. It’s a shame but most people are looking in the wrong place for happiness. In my book, I explore exactly where you can find your happiness every time. The way I see it is that we are all in this together. Stop the Rain Dance embraces 15 irrefutable core life principles. When applied correctly, they can free your thinking and bring peace to a troubled mind. I invite you to share your thoughts with me.

Writer, physician, inventor, talk show host and entrepreneur, Dr. Stagl empowers others through his book Stop the Rain Dance by offering practical tools to achieve a balanced and rewarding life. With his diverse background and never-ending search of life’s universal principles, he will share with you how to create a better life for yourself and the world around you. www.StoptheRainDance.com

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