“Thank you life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.”
— Travis Barker
If you are on this site, there is a possibility that you are achievement oriented. You like to set goals, check tasks off the to-do list, and achieve more than ever before. We run around trying to do as much as we can every day. We attempt to multi-task, despite the research that proves it doesn’t work, and cram as much as we can into as little time as possible. We are exhausted at the end of the day but feel proud as we look back on how much we got done. Or maybe we aren’t proud. Maybe we did a lot today, but talk down to ourselves and say that we should have done more. There are so many successful people out there. With so much helpful information from personal development articles, blogs, and books, why can’t we just be better at applying the information and becoming more successful?
There is nothing wrong with seeking to improve and learn in order to support your personal development journey. At the same time, it is important to put it in perspective. There is so much information out there, so much pressure to be the very best, that it can be easy to get addicted to productivity and personal development. Your personal development practices should be helping you feel happy, not sabotaging your happiness. Many people think: If I invest my money on this personal development course or book, I will be happier. If I can get this list of tasks done today, I will be happy.
If you are letting your happiness depend on other factors, such as your future goals, then your happiness will always be slightly out of reach. You may become happy once you achieve your goal, but that will soon fade away as your happiness will be dependent on your next goal.
It’s important to set goals, but it’s also really important to be happy. Enjoy the process, don’t just claim your happiness at the end. Otherwise, you might let your whole life go by so focused on the future that you forgot to enjoy it along the way.
Be grateful. You woke up today. Not everyone can say the same. Do you have clothes to wear? Do you have food to eat? Do you have access to running water? Do you have someone who loves you? Do you have a friend? Can you walk? Can you read? Can you write? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions, you have something to be grateful for. Be grateful for your life and what you have because millions of people are struggling to get the basic skills and supplies that we take for granted.
Our time on this earth is finite. Life is so precious and fragile, yet it is the best gift we have ever been given because every experience we have ever had is because we were given life.
Think back on your day today. Did you have fun at any point today? Was there any point that you felt content, relaxed, happy? Did you talk to a friend, have clothes to wear, food to eat, a bed to sleep on, or a home to go to? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then who cares if you didn’t maximize your productivity today. If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, today was a good day. Be grateful. Be happy.
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