Hopes and dreams are fundamental in shaping the life you crave. So many people have remarkable visions for their future, but are either too afraid or too lazy to put them into action. Procrastination and fear are our main enemies, tightening their hold on our aspirations until there is no more wiggle room for us to shake free.
When trying to reach for a certain level of happiness, health or success, it’s important to realize that both little and big steps can have a significant impact. Doing smaller things every day eventually adds up and can have a larger impact down the road.
Check out the 14 dreams and hopes below that you can make happen today with a little bit of effort:
Take a moment to think of the times when you felt the happiest in your life. They probably weren’t when you bought things, but rather when you had new life experiences or created memories with family and friends. Now, answer this question: have you attained true happiness?
Sometimes it’s easy to fall into the if only trap, the one where you feel that you can obtain true happiness if only you had this or if only you were able to do certain things. Here is where you need to take a step back. Thinking of happiness in this way is both unrealistic and unobtainable. Although it would be wonderful to be able to live a life where you experience new and exciting events all the time or are able to purchase everything you need to make your life easier, it’s less than probable.
The issue lies within the definition of happiness. When people are truly happy with their lives, it is because they are content with their situation: they have a positive perspective on life and are happy with what they have. They recognize that there is a difference between pleasure and happiness. What was described above were all things that deal with pleasure. Traveling, trying new foods, creating new memories with family and friends are all pleasurable experiences that make us feel happy at the time, but they do not equate happiness.
The green-eyed monster. Jealousy. Doesn’t matter what you want to call it – each and every one of us have experienced it at some point within recent memory. It’s an unfortunate part of the human condition. But what would you do if you had the ability to overcome envy?
Some of us probably find ourselves feeling a bit envious of other people now and again – some more than others. We want what someone else has. We don’t want them to succeed. We are envious of the life they lead. While this is a relatively normal thing to feel, that doesn’t mean that you have to put up with it.
Jealousy and envy are rooted in a deep insecurity in oneself. If you are satisfied with yourself and the way you are living your life, you probably don’t give all that much thought to the accomplishments, achievements and possessions of others. But if you aren’t happy, you probably look at the lives of others with jealousy – unable to understand what you did wrong and they did right to deserve what they have.
You must first accept that you are feeling envious or jealous towards someone or something before you take the next step forward. After that, it is totally in your hands. But there are a few things you can do to expedite the process. These 5 things can help you overcome envy before it takes complete control over your life:
I keep coming across this one article about a palliative nurse, Bronnie Ware, who reflects on the most common regrets of those who are dying in her book, “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.” She touches on the fact that regardless of where you are in your life, there is absolutely no need for regret.
Regret is a funny thing. You don’t realize you have any until it is too late. But, what if you could take a few simple steps today that would allow you push regret to the curb? We all want to live the best life possible. After all, we only have one shot. You don’t want to be like many of the patient’s described in Ware’s book – about to die and regretful of not seizing the day and living the best life they could have possibly lived. You want to be satisfied with your life.
Take action now to make sure that you have no regrets in the future. Live the life you want. Appreciate what you have, work towards what you want and believe in your dreams. Never settle for anything less than your best. If you put you mind to it, anything is possible. Above all, keep you long-term happiness in mind. Remember that tomorrow isn’t a given and you have to be the one to make things happen. Check out these 7 key steps to living life with no regrets:
You’ve said this line a million times – “I would love to focus more on [inset hobby or interest here], but I just don’t have time!”
No one really has the extra time to devote to passions or hobbies, but they make the time. If you truly want to do something, you’ll make room in your busy schedule. Ensuring that you are working to the best of your ability is one of the simple tricks to free up the time necessary to pursue your interests.
How you start your mornings almost always sets the tone for the remainder of the day. If you are really seeking to sculpt a uniquely successful life, it’s important to keep your productivity levels as high as possible. Completing the most tasks you can each day, while maintaining quality, allows you to work to the best of your ability and strive for greatness.
Find 10 tips to increase your productivity every morning below:
You work hard, have goals and want the best out of life, yet it still seems like things just aren’t working out for you. Why is this? It may feel like you are unlucky, but this is most likely due to several contributing factors that, together, cause your ambitions to remain at an unreachable distance.
There is good news – if things don’t seem to be working out, you DO have the ability to change your approach, outlook and actions in order to fulfill your goals. All it takes is the willingness to pinpoint the issues that pertain to your specific situation and the right “can-do” attitude.
Find 9 reasons why things aren’t happening for you here:
Have you ever woken up one morning and felt like you lost that magic touch you once had? It could be something you were really great at doing in the workplace or even a special talent you were once amazing at. And then, all of the sudden, it’s gone. You think, “what the hell happened?” You have no idea where or when your spark disappeared, but it seems long gone now. What do you do?
This is probably a relatively common scenario at times for each and every person reading this. You just feel like you’ve lost your ability. And that fact can quickly turn into a much, much bigger issue. You have no idea where to even begin. You try to address issues you think will bring back that magic, but to no avail.
The trick here is to not take anything too literal. You must look at the bigger picture and the wider scope of your actions, wants and needs. In doing so, you’ll get a better understanding of what may have caused you to lose your spark in the first place. Knowing where the problem lies is one of the most powerful tools you can have. But it all starts with the ability to get back into your groove. Check out these 8 tricks to help get your spark back today: