“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” — Barrack Obama
“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?
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” — Bryant H. McGill
We are taught to come up with our own ideas, and share them with others. We try our best to articulate our message in a clear way so that others can understand us and what we are trying to say. Being able to create and share ideas with detail is important. Yet, there is another reason people are not picking up on the message you want to share. The reason is because people are only listening with their ears.
“Procrastination makes easy things hard, and hard things harder.” — Mason Cooley
When was the last time you procrastinated on something? Maybe it was within the last week, or maybe you are procrastinating right now. Eventually, you have to face the task and rush to reach the due date before the clock does. While the task is not desirable in the first place, leaving it until the last minute just makes it worse. Fortunately, procrastination can usually be avoided. Let’s take a look at what causes procrastination and what to do about it.
“The only thing that is constant is change.” — Heraclitus
Think of the last time you were going to do something, or something was going to go a certain way, but then it didn’t. Whatever the event or task was, changed. How did that make you feel?
Regardless of if we like it or not, change is necessary for life. After all, how would you feel if you were the exact same as you were ten years ago and nothing had ever changed in your life and everything just remained exactly the same?
“Just do it! Make your dreams come true!” — Shia LaBeouf
We’re told how important it is to set goals and dream about what we want to achieve. We hear wisdom and helpful advice that seems practical enough to help us along our journey. While all this is great, and each piece helps solve the puzzle, they are not enough. Without the crucial piece to hold them all together, they are all hollow agents of change:
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” — Carl Jung
In order to be successful, you have to own your success. Instead of taking responsibility for your actions and cultivating helpful habits to reach goals, many people blame others and allow excuses to be the blockade between them and success. Owning your success may seem rather straightforward, yet it’s not a common practice that people consistently engage in. So how do you own your success? Let’s take a look:
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.” — Helen Keller
As the famous expression asks, “Is the glass half empty or half full?” If you see a metaphoric glass as half full, you are considered optimistic while the half empty response considers you pessimistic. First off, what is optimism? Optimism is having a tendency to look at events and situations from your favorable perspective. If you are already optimistic, this post will help enforce your optimistic mindset and help you pursue the ongoing optimistic lifestyle. If you are pessimistic, don’t worry! This post will provide reasons why it is worth making the switch, and how to do so. For those that are still skeptical, we will conclude with some common misconceptions about optimism and how to address them.
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean
As you may have noticed, I had returned after about two and a half month gap in content. I would like to apologize for the lack of activity and explain
For the month of May, I had been busy trying to fulfill my roles as a student, employee, family member, and boyfriend. With finals exams also around the corner, I had been studying a lot and had not been spending as much time writing for the blog.
On Sunday, June 5th, I had gone to work, came back home, and was heading back to school as if it were any other day. I walked up to the intersection and stood on the sidewalk. I waited until the traffic lights signaled for my turn to cross, then I was walking on the crosswalk.
Then, I wasn’t.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough
– Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland.