Rachel & Shane Krider’s third episode of their personal development podcast teaches you how to find happiness. Below is a snippet of the podcast where Shane discusses how positive vigilance opens your mind to allow you to see the new opportunities in your life.

Positive vigilance is where you’re playing your game, you’re having fun, you’re going for a goal, and every little win is adding up to something bigger. Even if you have a setback, you’ve got enough wins to gain some momentum. You know even with those setbacks, you’re going to go somewhere and you start to get your basis of happiness in morale. Every day starts to revolve around the destination that you’re heading toward, not the day-to-day strife that you’re coming in contact with. It’s a much more balanced place to come from.

How do you find what your purpose is? You get out there, you start looking around, and it’s like following a trail of breadcrumbs. My trail of breadcrumbs started with “I am disappointed with the amount of money I make because I cannot have the things that I’m passionate about.” I hate to admit this, but it’s superficial stuff for me. I’ve always wanted a cool car, ever since I was young. Cars, motorcycles, anything with a motor in it is basically what I wanted. But I could never afford anything that was just even halfway cool, so that drove me to want to play a bigger game when it comes to making money.

I felt limited. I thought I’m a high school dropout, I’ve had 23 jobs by the time I was 23 years old, and I was fired from almost every single one of them. I had people telling me I was lazy and I needed to get my crap together and have some discipline. I would look at that, and all I could say was, “Wow, they’re right. But I don’t know what to do about it.” You see, I wasn’t trying to be a slacker, believe it or not. Looking back at me at 26, I was doing the best I could on every level, and it was still crap.

So I began following the trail of breadcrumbs. What did I want? Well, I wanted more money. Superficial, I know, but what the funny thing about superficial things is they lead to the deeper things eventually.

To begin following the trail of breadcrumbs to making more money, I had to open my mind. I tried to get jobs in roles that I wasn’t familiar with playing, such as sales. I applied for a hundred sales jobs and couldn’t get hired at any of them. That’s when I decided if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it myself. I’m going to start a business. I had to open my mind to opportunities around me to allow that positive vigilance to manifest.  

Shane Krider is a successful personal development life coach, producer, speaker, author, and entrepreneur. Along with his wife, Shane is the co-host of Born to Prosper’s Mind Power, which is a self-help podcast which challenges its listeners to delve deep into their minds to find success. In addition, Shane travels the world in luxury to speak to aspiring entrepreneurs at conferences and workshops to inspire them to find their own pathways to success. Shane Krider is part of The Prosperity of Life Network, a United States-based personal development business with a presence in 52+ countries.