Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
There are too many things in this world do not have a perfect or a definite answer. Some answer will unfold naturally as you proceed in life, while some answer will never reveal by itself unless you seek it attentively. We need to always remember that life is like a road trip without a map; as you travel along the highway of life, you stop at different places, veer off down unknown roads, change direction every now and again and sometimes, although you hate to admit it, you get lost. Sadly, there are some of who insist on taking the map with them, making sure that nothing is uncertain, that all roads are clearly mapped out and getting lost is never a possibility. In life, whenever you feel confused, frustrated, lost or do not know what you really want, you can always seek guidance from your heart. The best way to get over your fear is to do what you’re most afraid of. You’ll feel more accomplished, fulfilled, happy, peaceful, and ultimately, more alive. Let your fears fuel your passion instead of allowing them to stunt your progress. If more people allowed their hearts rather than minds to serve as their compass, this whole world would explode with passion and people following their dreams. Leave fear behind and embrace the courage within you! All of us have it, and you are no different. You are capable of accomplishing anything you set your mind to, if you just believe in the power within.
The idea of making an impact in life is nothing new. Doing things that have a profound positive effect on those around us means that we both stand out in people’s minds, and also leave a lasting impression of what is possible with the right actions and decisions. Life is a courageous journey or nothing at all. We cannot become who we want to be by continuing to do exactly what we’ve been doing. Choose to listen to your inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else. Do what you know in your heart is right for YOU. It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. And be sure to appreciate every day of your life. Good days give you happiness, bad days give you experience, and the worst days give you the best lessons. Sometimes we don’t notice the things others do for us until they stop doing them. Don’t be like that. Be grateful for what you have, who loves you, and who cares for you. You’ll never know how much they mean to you until the day they’re no longer beside you. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Learn to recognize the negative thoughts you have. These are the self-doubts, the criticisms of others, the complaints, the reasons you can’t do something. Then stop yourself when you have these thoughts, and replace them with positive thoughts. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it to live. Instead of just going along in your usual way take a day off from that. And smile towards everyone you meet because if you’re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, don’t change. Uniqueness is priceless.
The consistency in your person from home to work is vitally important so that you are in total balance at all times. Being out of balance means that your true self will start to be confused with what you pretend to be. A well-balanced person has a far greater ability to focus their attention and energy on attaining their goals, taking productive actions and moving forward in a meaningful way.
In each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain, choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice. We’re each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real. We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself. Because there is a lot of grey to work with. No one can live in the light all the time. Many people think that having a balanced life means spending the same number of hours on work as you do on personal activities. This is a big mistake, because most of the time it’s not realistic. Being so deeply engaged with your job that you can’t stop doing it infers you are living your purpose. A great thing! The problem arises when you start to neglect other important areas of your life. Areas which, if not balanced, will negatively influence your ability to be successful and happy. In our lives, we have all kinds of priorities, obligations, relationships, interests, and activities that compete for our time. We have the things that we really must do, like going to school, going to work, caring for others, and paying bills. We also have things that we enjoy and make us happy, like spending time with family and friends, working on a hobby, or playing on a team. Balance is how we do the things we have to do and the things we want to do…without changing the number of hours in the day. The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.
To truly achieve success, you must live your life in balance. Change your perspective by thinking first about the life you want to live and then about the job and career which fits into that life and can support it financially. And it means really understanding our own boundaries and needs so that we have the freedom to pursue all the various roles and identities we have or want to have in life. Finding balance leads to greater life satisfaction and well-being—which improves your ability to find balance in the future. To define what will work for you, you need to take into consideration that life is constantly changing. The right balance for you today, may not be the right balance for you tomorrow or next week or next month, because over time your priorities change. The one constant in knowing you have a balanced life is the feeling of accomplishment and happiness you enjoy every day. We all have the same twenty-four hours in a day. And we cannot possibly do everything that we want to do and everything that everyone else wants us to do. So a big part of leading a more balanced life is to cut down on unnecessary tasks and protect your priorities. When requests or conflicts are set before you, ask yourself: “Is this going to give me a feeling of accomplishment and a feeling of happiness?” Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress. If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable. In all aspects of our lives balance is key. Doing one thing too much can cause upset, like the old saying goes, everything in moderation is the secret!
Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of the overcoming of it. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. Even though challenges can seem like anything but blessings, there is a way to view them from a different perspective. Looking at obstacles as opportunities is the key to learning from the tests and trials of life. After this reframing paradigm becomes habitual, you will automatically be more empowered to see the good side of everything – even the greatest challenge. When we’re working toward that goal, the last thing we want is to face vast, unexpected challenges or obstacles. When that happens, it usually means a major delay, greater expense, or some other unplanned complication. When we are focused on results it is hard to appreciate the detours caused by new challenges.
Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change. The world is a mysterious place full of troubles, obstacles, challenges, hard times, ghettos, those without, but we must also take time to think of the success stories that the world has produced as well. One major reason why a challenge might intimidate us is because we don’t feel capable of handling it. We may have a limited perception of our own abilities, so we automatically believe that the challenge is bigger than we are. If we learn to see each challenge as an opportunity to become stronger and more capable, everything changes. We can use challenging situations to unlock our untapped strengths and abilities. Each time we do this it will increase our confidence until we begin to see most challenges as opportunities to harness our personal power to an even greater degree.
A positive mindset can create an amazing difference in an individual’s life. If you view challenges as blessings in disguise, you will be able to more effectively cope with change. Where hardships are concerned, the right attitude makes all the difference in the world. And asking yourself the right questions can be just what you need to cast the challenge you are facing in a positive light. Even though we might believe that our goals only affect us personally, that is rarely the case. What we do, how we think and feel, and our course of action has an impact on the people around us. Not only do other people watch the things we do and how we live our life – they often model their own behavior after ours. If you refuse to let challenges intimidate you or slow you down, you just might inspire and motivate others to do the same when they face obstacles of their own. Anytime you experience personal growth, you help the people around you in some way. This world can be cold and cruel if you let it, but if you just look at every obstacle as a new challenge that you are more than able to overcome, your suffering will be minimal, and your rewards will be great. If you are facing a new challenge or being asked to do something that you have never done before don’t be afraid to step out. You have more capability than you think you do but you will never see it unless you place a demand on yourself for more.
Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters. If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy. For many people self-acceptance is hard to come by on a good day, please accept yourself more, love yourself, make the right choices, know what is good for you, and know that you are not alone.
Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. We have to accept ourselves for who we are at heart, if we don’t we will never truly be happy when we achieve what can be seen as success. The relationship we have with our body is constantly fluctuating between love, rejection and acceptance. Every morning when we look in the mirror, we see something different. When I talk about loving ourselves, I mean having a deep appreciation for who we are. We accept all the different parts of ourselves, our little peculiarities, the embarrassments, the things we may not do so well, and all the wonderful qualities, too. We have to love ourselves, if we don’t have any love for ourselves trying to give love to somebody else is impossible.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection, we must make the right choices, too many times we are tempted to do things that we know deep down are the wrong things to choose to do. We have to accept the whole package with love. Unconditionally. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.
When you love yourself you endeavor to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. You take care to look and feel your best by nurturing your body, mind and spirit. We know what is good for us, and our basic instincts tell us when something is wrong when we may not necessarily know that something is outwardly wrong. We must know that we are not alone, despite who may be around for us physically, emotionally, or spiritually during trying times, it may seem as though no one is around, but if you put your hands together, bow your head, and start talking, God will hear and answer your prayer!
If you are not willing to love yourself today, then you are not going to love yourself tomorrow, because whatever excuse you have today, you’ll still have tomorrow. Maybe you’ll have the same excuse 20 years from now, and even leave this lifetime holding on to the same excuse. Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself , no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are completely; the good, the bad and make changes as YOU see fit, not because you think someone else wants you to be different. Always remember that it ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. It’s time to start living the life you’ve only imagined. When we are young, dreams shape the world we live in. We imagine what might be and who we might become, and these visions stay with us from the moment we rise to the moment we fall asleep at night.
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. In order to live a life in which we are truly satisfied one of the most important things that we can do is to live life how we imagined it to be. This may mean that we aim to work a job or in a career field that we have always wanted to work in, or maybe raise a family even though the circumstances that we may be presently living in wont seem to allow this. We have to be willing to go after our dreams. It is easy to have dreams and aspirations, but you will not truly have anything until you are willing to pursue these with everything that you have inside of you. Challenging as it may be, it’s never too late to recapture the feeling of wonder that accompanies our earliest imaginations. By focusing our energy on finding and pursuing our true purpose on earth, we can begin to live the life we always imagined.
The resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright. To relentlessly pursue your goals. You will face opposition; not everyone will “get” your idea; the weather can be poor causing you to just “feel moody”… Who knows all the “whys and wherefores” of difficulties we face, but I think it’s important to know that opposition doesn’t necessarily mean you are on the wrong track. Doing so will not always be the easiest thing or the most convenient option for you, and the ones that you love, but it will be well worth the hardships that you encountered in the end when you find yourself living your dreams. As the quote says it is time to start living the life you’ve only imagined, not the life that anyone else has imagined for you, and not the life that you just are happening to live because of your situation and your circumstances. Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Make time to discover what excites, fascinates, and inspires you. Let these passions, and not your inner voice of logic, guide you on new paths. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined because the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.