When you’re looking for success, for adventure, for a new way of living, you don’t need to start by going somewhere. In fact, if you’re unsatisfied with your current situation, the best thing to do is hunker down and ask yourself a few questions.
What is it that you want out of life?
What is right in front of you that you can’t see?
What are you doing that may be sabotaging your happiness or success?
What could you do today that might bring you joy?
The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Start by looking at yourself with new eyes. Most of the time, the thing that is getting in the way of success can be found simply by looking the mirror. As children, we create habits in thinking and action based on what we are either taught or learn on our own. Often times, these habits and mindsets are not based on flawed perceptions—and they are not helpful. Good or bad, these habits will define our actions in life.
How you do anything is how you do everything.
The way you see life determines whether you act out of fear or boldness. Your mindset either motivates you to do your best or just get by. And what you do in the small things will absolutely be an indicator of what you will do in the big things.
This can apply to finances, creativity, relationships, work life, physical fitness and much more. Whatever you do (anything and everything) can and should be done with commitment, gusto, and always peppered with a good dose of fun!
Start by identifying habits and stress triggers that crop up in your life. Ask yourself questions about what causes you stress and how that impacts various parts of your life.
For instance, is showing up to work on time a problem? (“Who cares if I’m late? They don’t pay me enough to be on time.”) Remember that it is a privilege to have a job that allows you to earn money (even if you don’t really like your job) so get there early and show some character. That’s the kind of mindset that gets you promoted!
Do you “forget” to do the dishes at home so your significant other ends up doing them even though you said you would? (“I work harder than he/she does anyway.”) This may not seem like a big deal but it can steal a great deal of equity from your relationship. People who have strong character do what they say they will do.
Do you find yourself covering up mistakes at work? Blaming others or making up excuses? Seemingly “harmless” lies can catch up to you, cause your performance to drop, and even degrade the way you feel about yourself.
To get your adventure and success in life, start by seeing yourself and your own habits differently. When you can re-route your mindset (thus, re-rerouting your actions), you’ll begin doing anything and everything in the best possible way.
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