This maxim is in the second edition of my book Her Wilde Heart (Beats Strong).
Closely connected to the "I need" gene we are all born with.
When you read this, put it to the test. See if it doesn't fit into every place in your life. Your decisions daily from the moment you wake up "I need coffee." "I need food." "I need a better job." "Oh, I love this!" Ooh this stinks." "I need a haircut." "I need my nails done." "I need wine." "I need to get to bed." to the moment you go to sleep. To your short term "I need to lose weight" and long term goals, i.e., "I need a better income, house, job, diploma, relationship status, personal development, health...."
This is why you're here on this page. The "Happiness Habit" peaked your curiosity enough to search for that feeling and here you are.
My platform has long been to keep that feeling alive. Let me explain. Many of us, myself included are probably very aware of motivational speakers (I being one), self-help books, health and diet programs, self-betterment courses, series, or classes, and we can mention many more forums or venues that broach all these subjects, because we need to be better, do better, get better, FEEL better.
However, I found when I start down that path of self-betterment, many times I become anxious. Either I am not following the protocol right, I get tired, I give up, then I FEEL like a failure. Quotes like "I am confident" do not work because of the nagging little voice in the back of your head that keeps asking, "What if I'm not?"
So it seems like a self-defeating pursuit all in search of that FEELING. So now you find yourself here. What is different about this page.
It's very simple. There is nothing that you have to do other than read. That's it, what you're doing now. No one will tell you to repeat things, write things down, blog, journal, drink 8 glasses of water, exercise for 30 minutes, take up drawing, singing, art, travel, or find that better job.
Why? Because as soon as you think that you have more to do well, see above. The words that you will read here are internal measurements that start taking note of what is truly important to you without having to anything more than taking in some soothing, comforting, assuring, enlightening, contemplative words and thoughts that your own mind and body will naturally process and have you gravitate to the habits that most likely suit you without anyone having to tell you to do it.
These are written in poetic, aphoristic, and gently confident maxims that you will apply like soothing balm and patches where you need it the most.
You can read, "I am strong and capable." That's wonderful. You can also read. "You cannot drown what lives in the deep, nor set fire to what already burns."
You can say, "I am stronger than my challenges." Or "Use your strength to offset your weakness."
The latter are considered the happiness habits that seamlessly weave themselves into your soul and that you will gravitate to time and time again to build the chains of confidence, or raise the awareness of your strengths. You will find many of these in section 2 of Her Wilde Heart under Poetry flows through: Motivational quotes and Observations on life. You will also find many looking through these pages.