How do you measure your happiness? Funny how life happens. The very day I sent my book off to be published the door to a job opened after twenty-two months of unemployment. Talk about Divine Navigation. The car business was not exactly my first choice for employment at that time, mainly due to the long, long hours and stress that the job comes with, but back to automotive sales management I go.

My trust in the way life works gives me the acceptance I need to make the adjustment without resistance. This is no easy task. I leave my house at 7:30 am and return home between 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday I get a break and leave home at 12 pm and return home between 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm… you get the picture? Long, long hours and never two days off in a row. I do get Sunday off and sometimes a day off during the week, unless it is the end of the month or we have training.

It is like I just wrote and published my book about happiness and how to maintain it and the universe throws me this test. Like, OK Terri let’s see you keep up your happiness level now. Go ahead!

The up- side is: I love the job when I am there. The down-side is: The challenge to keep up all the things I need to do to keep my happiness level at a peak. I am determined to meditate an hour a day, get at least thirty minutes of aerobic exercise a day, hopefully more, eat healthy, and keep a positive attitude during this time of change. The long hours are a real challenge but so far, after three months, I have been able to maintain my high level of happiness.

In the car business we often ask the question, “On a scale of 1 to 10 how do you rate this vehicle?” The truth is: If the car is not a “10” we need to discover what will make it a “10.” We know that if we do not have the right car for the customer we will not make the sale.

So I put this question to many people about their ” Happiness Level. “On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you?” What is your answer? Before I continue, please answer this for yourself. Then, if your answer is not a “10,” the question becomes, “What will make your happiness level a “10”?” Go ahead and answer this question. What will it take for your happiness level to reach the top?

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