7. Stop being scared to make mistakes.
Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing at all. Every success story has a trail of failures that followed behind it, meaning that every failure leads towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did. Read that again.
8. Say ‘Enough’ to berating yourself for old mistakes.
We may end up loving the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter wrong things go, one thing is for certain, mistakes bring us one step closer to the person and the things that are right for us. We all make mistakes, we all have struggles, and we all even regret things in our past. But you are not defined by your mistakes, you are not defined by your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is eventually preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
9. Quit trying to buy happiness.
Many of the things we desire and long for are expensive. But the sweet truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions. Reach out for happiness instead of trying to buy it.
10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness.
If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create a stable sense of happiness from within in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.
11. Get up and stop being idle.
Don’t sit with your thoughts for too long or you’ll end up creating a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate the situation and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront head-on. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to the second base with your foot on the first.
12. Destroy the voice in your head that tells you that you’re not ready.
Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises, although they may look like it. This is because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first but will get used to it in the process.
13. No more getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons.
Relationships must be chosen and nurtured wisely. It’s better to be alone by yourself than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush anything. If something is meant to be, it will happen – at the right time, with the right person, and for the right reasons. Fall in love when you know you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
14. Let go of the habit of rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work.
You’ll realize and understand that there is a purpose for everyone you meet at different stages of your life. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you – those are the people that matter.
15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else.
Never worry about what others are doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day and being better than you were yesterday. Success is an everyday battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
16. Grow up and stop being jealous of others.
Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself : “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself.
Life’s curveballs are thrown at you that way for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that has always been meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it is bound to be tough. But reflect back on those tough curve balls thrown at you in the past. You’ll see and understand that eventually, they led you to a much better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile and look at curveballs dead in the eye with excitement for the future! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger and developed than you were yesterday, and you will be.
18. Stop holding grudges.
Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
19. Never let others bring you down to their level.
Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who are not willing to raise theirs. Maintain the standard you’re at and keep moving forward.