Happiness ki Pukar
by Rachana Gupta
(Mumbai, India )
If someone had told me a couple of years ago that I am going to be a ‘Happiness Coach’ I would have laughed it off and thanked the person for this wishful thinking. Until two years ago, I was busy climbing the corporate ladder and followed hectic schedules as a ‘working mother’ with a reputed Business Process Outsourcing organization in a leadership role. I loved my job and felt a sense of accomplishment at being financially independent. Inspite of high stress levels and complacency that sets in after a solid 16 years tenure in the industry, I have never experienced ‘Monday blues’. I was happy with the way my personal & professional life was growing and grateful for all the good things in life.
After a short sabbatical in 2015, I resumed the grind of corporate world but soon realized that something within me had changed. Fancy designations, plum income, positive opinions of colleagues, none of it made me happy anymore. There was a constant urge within me that was seeking what exactly I wanted to do and that voice was way too strong to simply ignore and forget about. And I realized this was the right time to listen to that inner voice and that voice was prompting me to do what made me happy.
All along, right since my childhood I have been asked by family, friends & colleagues about ‘How are you so happy and cheerful all the time’? I hadn’t ever thought about this, it was inherent within me and also as a result of certain habits that I have always followed. But people have been very intrigued by this and now even I was extremely keen to do something about letting people know my secrets of happiness. And that’s what led me to bid adieu to a successful corporate stint and plunge directly into the journey of being a Happiness Coach. The truth lies in your Inner Voice.
It didn’t matter to me whether there actually was something like a ‘Happiness Coach’. I just knew very well that I wish to spread happiness and enable people to lead happier lives. Once I had taken this decision, I didn’t dwell into how this will yield monetary gains or what kind of success I shall have .There was never an iota of insecurity whether would I be rich & famous doing this. All I knew was that I was in a happy-flow following my inner voice as a lifelong mission to make an impact in people’s lives. Money, fame, success all these are by-products of the quality of work you do. But deciding to do what makes you happy lies in our hand. For me, only the intrinsic value of what I have chosen to do matters and only time can tell about the extrinsic part. Doing what you love is freedom. Loving what you do is Happiness.
But this wasn’t as easy as it seems. It became easy for me to take this plunge because of the rock- solid support I found in my husband. He is my sounding board and my biggest critic who never lets me rest in peace. He is the one who provided unstinted support in reinforcing my belief in taking up the road less travelled and that’s how I got a jumpstart in this direction. Find your support partner - it could be your spouse, your best friend, your family member, anyone who has your back covered while you follow your heart. “Success isn’t the goal you chase, it’s the outcome of the work that makes you happy…!” ***