Decisions, decisions. It feels like we make thousands of them every day. Some important, some not so much. But the one commonality between them all is that the choice is totally yours. You decide between option a and option b – no one else. That’s a crazy amount of power. You are the one who, ultimately, decides your fate.
Some decisions are really simple – what you are going to eat for breakfast, what you want to wear or how you will dress today – while others are a little more complex. There are even some extremely important decisions that we constantly neglect each and every day. Oftentimes, it’s those neglected decisions that are by far the most influential.
What are they, you ask? Probably a little simpler and more common than you think. You may not even recognize that these choices have such control and influence over who you are now and what your future will look like. But they do. They have a lot of power over you, which is why you have to be the one to make those important decisions today. Choices are never easy, but these are 4 big decisions you should make ASAP:
Everything in your life seems to be going well. You’re happy, feeling stable and excited about the future. Then, an awful hardship appears from out of the blue, knocking you to your knees and rendering you unable to get up. You feel like you’ll never be able to move past this setback – that it’s the end of your world. Your future looks bleak and you have trouble facing each day.
Sound familiar? We’ve all been there, whether the challenge in question is a momentary difficulty or prolonged issue. When you are in that moment of adversity, it’s really hard to see beyond the horizon and understand that things won’t always be this way – that things will eventually get better. Being stuck in something that appears to be the collapse of your world as you know it can make even the strongest of us completely weak and feeble. It’s a scary thought.
When adversity presents itself you have two options – you can succumb to its wrath and accept what has happened or you can take some calculated chances and fight back. The decision is yours. If you choose to fight it, you must be willing to take some risks to break back through the wall built by setbacks. You must be willing to make changes to break free of its hold on you.
Adversity is a part of life. From time to time, you are going to be faced with some type of difficulty – sometimes big and sometimes small. It just depends on what you are going through at that moment. But never let adversity get the best of you. You are better and more able than it. Check out these 10 chances you must take to overcome adversity:
For many of us, it is difficult to strike a balance with social media platforms. We often use them to stay in contact with friends and family, share important news, or band together for a common cause, but sometimes we find ourselves routinely stuck using the unconstructive elements of social media. It’s compulsory at times: some get the urge to check Facebook, or to upload a photo to Instagram of what they are doing or eating, or to Tweet while at a family dinner. But at what cost?
Facebook began as a way for college students to meet one another, but it has now opened outlets for everyone to share anything and everything with the world. Although it is truly remarkable that we can communicate with people from around the globe and share our lives through thoughts and pictures, there are still lingering dangers that come saddled with it when we don’t pay close enough attention to how we use social media. Here are some ways you can avoid the pitfalls of social media so that you can be happier with your life on the other side of the screen.
Life is a series of events – things that change, align, distance themselves and realign each and every day. You probably have a vague idea of what the day holds for you when you wake up in the morning, but, in reality, that idea can quickly be blown out of the water. Truth be told, you have the power to direct your life in whatever direction you want to take it in.
Change your thoughts and your entire world can be turned upside down – for better or for worse. All it takes you is the ability to examine your perception and subsequent wants and needs. The real power lies in your mind – your thoughts. But what if some of those thoughts were more important – dare I say, influential – than others?
There are just some thoughts and ideas that have the ability to make or break you. It isn’t some big secret – rather, think of it as a key to learning and growing as an individual. By knowing and accepting a few simple thoughts, you can totally change your attitude about life.
As I said, it’s not a big secret. They are actually relatively straightforward. But these 12 thoughts can change your life today:
Comfort is a natural thing for us to crave. It’s what has ensured our survival in the past and provided for a predictable and safe future. It’s what most people strive for and seek on a daily basis. So, why would it be good to be uncomfortable? That seems to be against everything you’ve thought was right. Except it’s the one thing that can really breath new perspective into life. It’s the one thing that can make you realize who you are and what you want out of life.
Being uncomfortable allows you to explore boundaries and experiences you never would have encountered in a life of comfort. It pushes beyond what is expected of you, what you thought life would be like and what you want out of everything. From the most horrid of situations rise the strongest innovators. It shows you a different side of things, a viewpoint that you can’t understand unless you’ve been there.
Throwing your comfort to the side is a risk you have to be willing to take. Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone can bring happiness, success and thrill, but it can also bring failure, self-doubt and fear. It’s a risk you must be willing to take in order to propel yourself to the next level. No one has ever changed the world by merely accepting things how they are. Those people have laid everything on the line for a shot at change, for a shot at happiness, for a shot at success. Some people succeed, while others don’t. It’s the discomfort that pushes them to be strong, more creative and more able than before.
Check out these six reasons why being uncomfortable is actually a good thing:
Have you ever arrived at work without your bag, locked your keys in your car, or got into an argument with a friend or loved one over a misunderstanding? These all occur when we have a lapse in mindfulness. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid these mishaps and train ourselves to be more mindful.
Develop a Routine Checklist
If you are constantly finding yourself unprepared for your day, it’s probably because you haven’t created a mental habit to double check what you need. My mom used to say “see you in a minute” when I left the house. She’d smile when I walked back through the door, “What’d you forget?” I realized my problem was that although I had developed a mental habit of checking for what I needed, my checklist point was in my car rather than at the front door.
You can’t buy or get more. It’s the one thing that keeps on dwindling in reserves regardless of what actions you take. Yes, I’m talking about time.
There are people who waste away days, months and even years wishing time away for something better to come along. But, more often than not, that something better never actually comes. Instead, a boatload of time has been wasted. And it can never be gotten back.
How many times have you sat at a funeral wishing you had actually said something to that person before they departed? I’m sure at least once. Throughout life, feelings can be suppressed and important thoughts quieted. Soon enough, it’s too late.
Honestly, you never know when your whole world will be turned upside down. People can be here one minute and gone the next. Unfortunately, that’s just the way life goes.
Regret is one of the most powerful things we can feel in our lives. It has a vice-like grip that holds onto your mind – never letting go. The worst part? There’s nothing you can do to lessen its hold. The past is already written. And you can’t change it.
What you can change – what you can control – are the things you say and do right now. So, before it’s too late, be sure to say these 9 things to yourself and the ones you love: