Sometimes life can be more than we can handle. What do you need to make it through those rough patches? Often all it takes is a walk in someone else’s shoes to unlock your deepest secrets and solve your most challenging questions. Once you have the motivation to make small, positive changes, you can achieve great things in your life.
1. You Need To Believe In Yourself
“Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.”— Norman Vincent Peale
Have you taken the time to stop and see a problem in a different light?
How far does your self-confidence take you in solving an issue?
Do you patiently work hard to find the answers you need?
You must always believe in yourself. It’s not easy at times, but knowing that you’re making the best possible choice in any given moment is the only way to find your answers.
It’s always possible to solve your problems. It may take time, but if you believe and keep working toward your main goal, the answers will be there in the end. Believing in yourself builds confidence, motivation, and the willingness to learn.
- Look at a problem from all angles.
- Believe in yourself and your ability to solve a problem.
- Allow yourself the patience to find the answers.
2. You Need To Enjoy Each And Every Moment
“I believe that every moment is there to be savored and to be improved upon and invested with humor and with beauty and solemnity. We don’t ever get to skip a single part and fast forward to the life still to come” — Garrison Keillor
Can you face a situation with a smile?
Is this one of those moments that you can learn from and improve upon?
At the end of the day, can you say you savored every minute of this day?
Many of us just need to take the time to “stop and smell the roses.” Life is a journey where every moment counts. Therefore, each experience must be treated like a valuable lesson that’s necessary to gain great wisdom for our life journey.
We must face our life with joy, happiness and even sadness at times, as we can never skip a moment to go on to the next big show. Enjoy each and every moment, no matter how little it might seem.
- Know when to laugh and when to improve.
- Take life one step at time.
- Savor each day as it comes.
3. You Need To Take More Risks
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”— Helen Keller
What are you missing in your life?
What might you learn if you took more chances?
How would your life be richer if you expanded your comfort zone?
As we travel through life, we find many situations where we think that hiding is an easier way out. Fear is something we all must deal with, but life is all about taking chances. How many missed opportunities are you willing to forgo because you refused to take a risk?
From the moment you’re born to the day you take your last breath, risk is everywhere. If you decided to never take a chance, your life would never be filled with adventure — you’d never learn and, in the end, you’d have nothing in your life but missed opportunities.
- Make a list of some opportunities you’ve allowed to pass by.
- List the reasons you were afraid to try those opportunities.
- Look within yourself to find the strength to chase an adventure.
4. You Need To Put Your Ideas Into Action
“Ideas without action are worthless.” — Harvey Mackay
What would it take to make your dreams a reality?
What is stopping you from putting your ideas into action?
What can you accomplish by making your ideas a reality?
Not a day goes by that each of us doesn’t think of something we’d like to do or try. These great ideas come to us, but, for one reason or another, we don’t always put them into action.
If we spend our lives thinking of things we’d like to accomplish, but never seize the opportunity to do so, these ideas are nothing more than thoughts in the wind.
Actions are an important part of your life. To enhance your life and live it to the fullest, you must take your ideas and act upon them.
- Write down your ideas.
- Investigate what it takes to make your ideas a reality.
- Work through your ideas, one by one.
5. You Need To Live In The Present Moment
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it” — Greg Anderson
Are you doing the things in your life that give you joy?
Do you rush to the finish line because you feel that’s where you’ll find your reward?
Where does your focus lie when you embark on your life journey?
When we look at our lives, we all must agree it’s a journey with a final destination. If we spend our lives focusing only on where we’ll end up, the journey is for nothing.
To be truly happy in life, you must focus on where you are right now. Each day is new and exciting, and living in the moment is where you’ll find true joy.
- Look around you and see where your life’s journey has taken you so far.
- Dig deep to find the joy in the everyday things you do.
- Pat yourself on the back for every small accomplishment in your journey.
6. You Need To Work At Bringing Good Things Into Your Life
“The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.” — Barbara Sher
Do you merely wish for good things?
Do you have the resources to take action?
Are you willing to take responsibility for your own good luck?
How many times have you heard yourself say “If it wasn’t for bad luck I would have no luck at all?” For many, it’s too often, but the truth is, good luck comes from within.
The desire to sit back and let life happen, or wait for someone else to take charge, isn’t an option when it comes to good luck.
We must “take the bull by the horns” and work at bringing good things into our lives. By taking action, you will become an active participant in your life and you will attract positive people and experiences.
- Create a list of the good things you feel have passed you by.
- Make the conscious choice to create your own good luck.
- Make the commitment to positive action in your life.
7. You Need To Make The Better Things In Life A Habit
“Quality is not an act. It is a habit.” — Aristotle
Do you use your good qualities to improve your quality of life?
Do you choose to put your best foot forward every day?
Are you just trying to keep up with the neighbors, or do you hold onto your own values?
To achieve a high quality of life, we must strive to make the better things in life a habit. If we want to live the life we desire, we must not compare with others, but rather, we must look within ourselves.
Strive to live your life positively and peacefully. Look at each and every day as an opportunity to do your best.
- List the good qualities you have.
- List the qualities you are working on.
- Make the firm commitment to sharpen your skills.
8. You Need To Believe You Can Do Anything You Put Your Mind To
“We first must think “I can,” then behave appropriately along that line of thought.”— Marsha Sinetar
Why do you feel uncertain about your skills and talents?
Do you procrastinate because of self-doubt?
Are you using small steps to achieve larger goals?
Many of us struggle with self-confidence, but it’s truly amazing what we can accomplish when we believe in ourselves.
Once you believe, you must follow through and prove to yourself that you are capable of anything. Believing in your own abilities comes with practice and the urge to improve.
Knowing in your heart and mind that you can do something — and following through with it — is an important part of being able to build the life you desire.
- Tell yourself you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
- Choose a challenge, believe you can do it, then follow through.
- Take small steps to pave your way to the bigger accomplishments.
9. You Need To Be A True Friend
“In order to have friends, you must first be one.” — Elbert Hubbard
How do you show true friendship to your friends?
If a friend needed you, would you be there for them?
Do you have true friends or just acquaintances?
We come across many people in our lives. Some we consider acquaintances, and others we consider friends. Yet how many of these friends are true friends?
To have a true friend, you must first be a true friend yourself. Loving and caring brings out the good qualities in the human family. These qualities can then be passed on to others in a friendship that can last a lifetime.
- Look deep within you to find the qualities you like about yourself.
- Ask yourself if these qualities make you a true friend.
- Reflect on what it really means to be a true friend.
10. You Need To Take Chances And Know That Safety Nets Will Be There To Catch You
“Leap and the net will appear.”— Julie Cameron
Are you afraid to take chances? Why?
Will the rewards, or a possible bump on the head, be worth the risk?
What “nets” will be there to catch you if you stumble?
For many of us, taking a leap is a scary venture. We’re afraid of falling and smacking our face on the ground. However, it’s through taking risks that we can learn and grow.
Something good comes from everything. Life is a chance and, without realizing it, we take chances everyday without harm. Why? Because the safety net appears just at the right moment.
It may not always save us from a bump on the head, but it keeps us from falling face-first on the ground.
- Begin with small leaps.
- Remind yourself about the good that comes from taking risks.
- Reflect on the chances you take everyday and ask yourself what nets appear to keep you from falling.
11. You Need To Learn By Doing And Practicing Your Skills Every Day
“Skill to do comes of doing.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Are you willing to perfect your skills?
Why do you feel that this skill is important?
Do you make the commitment to your success?
There’s no truer phrase than “practice makes perfect.” Life’s skills are easy to learn, but hard to perfect. The only way we can perfect our skills is by practicing them over and over again.
Many skills, such as walking, are learned at a young age and are perfected in our early life. Other skills are thrown at us and we must continue to practice them for our entire lives. The best way to learn is by doing.
- Make a list of the skills you’d like to master.
- Follow through by practicing every day.
- Make the commitment to constantly improve yourself.
12. You Need To Act Upon Your Words
“Words may show a man’s wit, but actions his meaning.” — Benjamin Franklin
Do you really mean what you say?
If you tell someone something, do you plan to follow up?
How do you feel when someone says one thing, but does another?
It’s easy to say what others want to hear in the hope that they will believe you. The truth is, words are just words no matter how much intent is put behind them.
Actions always speak louder than words. What you do shows the true being. Your everyday actions — from the moment you wake up until you lay your head down to sleep — show everyone, including yourself, who you really are.
Remember — a word is only as good as the action that comes with it.
- Take the time to truly listen to what you say.
- Act upon your words as if your life depended on it.
- Never make a promise that you don’t intend to keep.
13. You Need To Know That What You Do Today Creates Your Future
“The future is purchased by the present.” — Samuel Johnson
How will today’s decisions affect your future?
What did you do in your past that has created your present reality?
What can you do, today, to create the future you desire?
What we do in our lives, today, always affects our lives in the future. Our daily actions and inactions set the destination for the rest of our lives and, although we mustn’t dwell on it, we must realize that everything we do has a consequence.
Making the best of each day sets precedence for the best that is yet to come.
- Spend some time in quiet reflection every day.
- Determine how the good things in your life bring an even better future.
- Make a list of the things you want to change to build the future you desire.
Source: George J. Ziogas/medium.com