One Year Ago

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“I’m really looking forward to, not more of the same, but a continual growth.” —  Ben Harper

In April of 2016, I started Successful Steps. Reflecting on the first year of my blogging journey, it has been a very valuable experience that has taught me a lot about life. Each person’s blogging experience is unique, but here are the lessons that I have learned.

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How to Take The Path Less Traveled

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“I like to do new things, so I always take on roles that I feel will keep me on my toes. I never want to pigeon myself, so I always like to surprise myself. I believe in versatility and so I would play anything as long as it was a challenge.”

— Archie Panjabi

Most of the time, we follow a typical routine. We fall into habits, that may or may not improve our daily lives, and go about our day. Routines can be good; they can keep us on track each day. Sometimes, we get bored with our current track and want to switch things up and make a change in our lives. There are a variety of ways to go about this; let’s look at a few:

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Silence and Solitude

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“Even in the most beautiful music, there are some silences, which are there so we can witness the importance of silence.”

—Andrea Bocelli

Noise and silence both have value in life. With noise, we can have a conversation or listen to music, while observing and interacting with the world around us. Silence also has value in life, yet it’s not given much attention. Let’s talk about silence.
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Seek The Hidden Gems

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“Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.” — Jenn Proske

So often in life we are so busy running after things that we admire, that we completely miss the things we already have. This is true with material possessions and our relationships, but also ourselves.

How often have you beaten yourself up for the number on the scale, but neglected the kindness that others appreciate and love about you? There is nothing wrong with seeking to improve yourself, but if you are only looking at the negative aspects of your life then you are still not getting the full picture.
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Moving On From Fear

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“We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.”— Pierre Corneille

We all want to do well at work, school, in our hobbies, and in life. Yet, we can begin to face troubles as we move on from one task to another. For example, let’s say you are a writer. You wrote a great book that everyone loved, and you stood by that piece with pride. There was a smile on your face as the comments and recognition came flooding in. After all, the praise was well deserved after all the hard work and time put into the book. The real question is, what happens now?
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Vitamin M

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“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” — Og Mandino

Daily motivation is important, it’s what fuels us to go out and do great things in the world. The sad part is, most people don’t feel motivated. Some people have lost their motivation altogether. They feel stuck in their job, in their relationships, or in their lives. Life just doesn’t seem to have the same spark as it used to.

I get it. You are stuck. We all get stuck in a rut from time to time. You might be tired, stressed, sick, dealing with a difficult situation, or all the above. Sometimes, we just need someone to help pick us up and put us back on our feet.
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Sucesss in My Eyes

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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou

A reader recently asked what my version of success is. After all, I want you to envision yours, so what does mine look like? Continue reading