So, let’s go back to that dream you had, that goal you wanted or just something that you wanted out of life. Why did you stop believing that you could get it? Fear? Who hasn’t been in that position, the problem is if you don’t shake it, it will just remain and it will always be there. You need to truly believe that you can live the life that you really want. Self-belief doesn’t need to be complicated, you can think of it as an instrument, a virtue, or a trait.
There’s nothing new about the concept, but it might be new for you. Believe it now and eventually, your actions will turn it into a fact. If you can think it… well, then you can achieve it. The most important aspect of your drive for success will be your ability to believe in yourself. Yes, it is easier to say it than to do it. What will separate you into the success pile is your ability to use your confidence to your advantage. If you don’t believe in your abilities then you won’t succeed, even if you are incredibly talented.
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They say that, “Curiosity killed the cat.” luckily, the cat has eight more chances at life (they say that too).
Curiosity may not be so good for the cat, but what about us humans? What can curiosity do for YOU? Curiosity is a wonderful trait that has been found to be fundamental to human happiness, intelligence, and life satisfaction.
When you retain that childhood sense of wonder, awe and amazement about life, your innate sense of curiosity will remain strong. This will lead you to be a life-long learner, with a thirst for knowledge, and your life will be enriched in the process.
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There may come many times in your life when you will feel like starting over. Maybe you just got divorced, or a relationship fell apart or you lost a job. Or you’re going through life changes that offer the opportunity for transformation, such as the purchase of a new house or a career move or moving across country. Perhaps you are going to start college or university?
Maybe you’ve figured out you are not straight but gay? Perhaps you have realized that you attract unhealthy relationships into your life and you need to make changes within yourself?
Maybe you feel stuck, stagnant, and know you want to change, but have no idea how to do that or even what it will look like when you get there.
Life throws us curve balls, or opportunities, depending on how you see it, and sometimes nothing short of a total overhaul of your life, is called for.
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Most people lack a compelling vision. They do not have that certain something that makes them look forward to tomorrow, or get excited about starting a new day. Yet without that vision, they have nothing to look forward to, no incentive to grow, or any motivation to achieve. They start questioning their purpose in life and doubting the value of their work.
This happens to the best of us, young, old, poor, rich, famous, unknown. We head off into the unknown without having certain guidelines to follow. Having a plan, or a clear and straightforward outline, for your life puts things in perspective and gives you clarity. It also gives you the confidence you need to live a happier, more fulfilled, and balanced life.
Struggling to keep a balance in your life is becoming something each and every one of us can relate to. Even those who are still in high school know what it is like to be torn between work, studying,
family and friends. The stress of trying to keep it together is preventing us from living our lives to the fullest.
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There is a common misconception in the world today that some people are born into a life that is better than others, one that gives them more opportunities to be happy and experience joy. This is something that, if true, would leave many people in the world without a hope of ever achieving true happiness.
Even the thought of that being true brings with it a great sense of sadness and despair. Thankfully, though, it is false, and we are going to uncover exactly why that is the case.
To do this, we are going to have to open ourselves up to the possibility that living a joyful life is completely within our sphere of self influence.
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According to Psychology Today, motivation is the literal desire to get things done. It’s the process that guides, initiates, and maintains our behaviors that are goal oriented. It causes us to act.
It involves the emotional, social, biological, and cognitive forces that stimulate behavior. In everyday situations, we use the word to describe the why of someone’s behavior.
What lies beneath our motivations?
Many psychologists have offered different theories, including instinct, humanistic, and drive theory. The truth is, there many forces that drive motivation.
For anyone that has had a goal it’s easy to understand that the desire to accomplish the goal is not enough. Achieving a goal requires persistence when met with obstacles, and endurance to keep pushing even in the face of difficulties.
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I want you to cast your mind back to a moment in time where you were up for review. Whether it was as a child coming home to your parents with your latest report card, your annual review at work, or even just a conversation with yourself, or a loved one, about an event that occurred recently.
Overall, you performed incredibly well, but there were a couple of marks against you. They weren’t the end of the world, but still, there they were on your “permanent record.” Did the other person praise you for the good that you did, highlighting your strengths?
Did they comment briefly on the positives and then dip into highlighting how you can improve on those bad marks? Or, did they dip right into the negatives because you shouldn’t make any mistakes at all?
The majority of people would say, from childhood through adulthood, that the second one was their experience. Hey, you did really well, but you missed a trick here. The focus on total perfection can be utterly destructive to your self-esteem and confidence, which potentially could eat away at your strengths! There’s even a good chance that your mind takes you back to the situation you went through and in your dreams, you try to rectify your errors to right them.
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There’s something to be said for optimism. Perhaps you have noticed that your optimistic friends seem to be cheerier, probably more successful, and just all around enjoying life more than others seem to. Well, it turns out they might not be optimistic because of what’s happening in their lives, rather, their optimism breeds the rest.
It seems then that there are plenty of great reasons to be the optimistic type. Perhaps the biggest one, though, is that optimists live longer, and are less likely to suffer from depression. Not to mention that they are more fun to be around.
There has been research widely carried out on both pessimists and optimists. While pessimists look on difficult situations as personal and permanent, the optimist looks at life differently, seeing adversity as an external temporary experience. This results in fairly different outcomes for individuals. Maybe it isn’t time to take off those rose-tinted glasses.
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At our core, we all want the same thing from life. We want to be happy and fulfilled, we want to be remembered positively and find contentment while we live out our days on earth.
Sure, we have other dreams that we chase and other goals we want to achieve, but the basic need is to enjoy life. As such, we tend to look for ways that we can improve our quality of life.
Sometimes we feel as though life is empty and meaningless, generally because we get caught up in the
frustration of working too many hours just to afford the things we need.
The truth is, balance is possible and there is a variety of ways you can improve your life quality now, without quitting your job or taking drastic measures, little actions deliver big results.
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There is nothing more frustrating in life than being unnecessarily limited. Regardless of whether you are limited by your own mind-set, other people, or even if it is your resources that seem to hold you back, not being able to achieve what you want to is tough.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to rise above these difficulties and break through into a whole new chapter of your life.
Belief in yourself is something that comes naturally to some people. If you are naturally gifted, then you are probably very familiar with succeeding, at least at the things that you are gifted in. When we look closely enough, all of us can find at least one thing that we are naturally gifted at, but for some people there seems to be no-end to the amount of charisma, charm, and talent that they possess.
People like this naturally believe in themselves because they are already used to seeing themselves get results.
What about the people who don’t have a high degree of talent? What about the people who regularly face difficulty when trying to push themselves to do the things that seem to come naturally for others? These people need to develop their self-belief.
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11. Seize the Day
It is human to get caught up dwelling on past mistakes. You give power to issues that don’t truly matter anymore and you lose a part of you in the process. You’re wasting your time wishing you could go back to change things – but you can’t, so it’s time to stop wishing and start doing – in this you can stop living a life of regret and start living a happy and positive life that allows you to seize the day, every day.
When we embark at the start of a new year, we often slip into deep contemplation about life in general. If you make a list of goals, you will very likely have reviewed them and what lessons each may have brought you. You will look at what didn’t work and get a better idea of who you are as a person and who you could become.
You can look at what didn’t go well, what you didn’t do, what you did do and you can pat yourself on the back for a year well done.
The truth is, not many of us do this – but it is a great way to take stock. You can see when sadness touched you and how you overcame it, remember the fun times you experienced and really question how you can make seizing the day a habit that you sustain, rather than a typical resolution that fades away after a month or two.
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12. Taking Risks
Nothing in life is certain, apart of course from uncertainty itself. No one has a crystal ball, and no one can tell the exact outcome of the choices they make. If you cross the road, you don’t know for sure that you will make it safely to the other side. In fact, crossing the road carries a fairly high level of risk. It is safer than going in an airplane, for example.
Yet this is something most people are comfortable doing on a regular basis. If you get on a bicycle for the first time, you risk falling off; chances are, you probably will.
However, this risk carries a gain, the ultimate pleasure of being able to ride a bicycle. The risk was worth its reward. You could classify this as a low-level risk. While you might sustain a few scrapes, scratches and bruises as you learn this new skill, you know you are unlikely to die in the process.
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