Your self-worth depends on your own opinions, not others’
Mufasa: “Remember who you are.”
Simba lost all his confidence due the tragic events in his childhood. Scar broke Simba’s confidence. He stopped believing in himself. You will find bullies like Scar everywhere you go, be it your social or professional group. But when you start believing all the negativity they throw at you, that’s when the real problem begins. Understand this. Your self-worth does not and never will depend on what others think about you. They are not you. They have not lived your life. They have not fought your battles.
Your importance in this world will not diminish simply because someone thinks any less of you, irrespective of how close that person is to you. Ignore these bullies and tell yourself Hakuna Matata. As long as you are proud of yourself and take all the responsibilities you need to, you’re okay. This is what Hakuna Matata really means.
Nothing worth having comes easy
If it was easy, everyone would do it. But they don’t. This is what separates the average from the great. Today, the entire idea of instant gratification is one of the biggest evils in our society. We want to have it all and we want it NOW. But we never ask ourselves what have we done to deserve this? Have we earned it? Simba had the birthright to become the next great king of Pride Rock until things went haywire. This is how it is in real life too. Simba had to fight, not only to claim his position as the king, but he had to fight to survive.
So start by having patience. It will come to you when it’s the right time. Worrying about it will not make the process any faster or easier. You need to stay focused and keep striving for what you want. Instead of wasting your time worrying and stressing about when you will get what you deserve, pursue your dreams with even more determination. Work harder. Grind longer.
When you shift your mindset and focus on the long term effects, you will start living a lot happier and worrying a lot less. Just look at Timon and Pumbaa. They do what they need to do and then they chill out. And everything worked out just fine for them.
Never say never
Zira: “If you will not fight, then you will die as well.”
I am a firm believer of never giving up. I have based my entire life on this sole belief. And although I have failed a significant number of times in life, I am a happy and satisfied man. Just like Simba. He could have easily given up. He could have lived in his fantasies with a distorted belief of Hakuna Matata. But he didn’t give up. Simba fought for his family, for himself and for his father.
When you think about giving up, a lot of thoughts rush through your mind as you try to figure out all the possible outcomes that may occur if you face your fears. You also worry about how you might fail and how that will affect you. But when you are focused on fighting and not giving up, the only thing going on in your mind is how hard you are going to fight. It is based on your actions. You fail and you learn every time. By stressing over how something might be very challenging for you, you only set yourself up for failure.
When you give up, you have already failed…willingly.
Make yourself to stop worrying about outcomes you can’t control and simply focus on the process. The philosophy of Hakuna Matata might not solve all the problems in your life, but it will make you stronger and make life easier for you.
Hakuna Matata is a problem-free philosophy
Now that you know what Hakuna Matata really means, you can start adopting this philosophy in your own life, the way it is supposed to be. Hakuna Matata is not about escaping or shirking responsibilities. It is about accepting what is and finding a way to create a better life for yourself. So let go of your past and start living in the moment. Forget how life has wronged you and focus on what you have right now that can help you make a better future.
Rafiki: “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”
Put on your optimistic glasses and start looking at life from a new perspective. Optimism is contagious as it makes you feel good by releasing endorphins. Take a happiness break when you are too anxious or worried. Do what you like. Enjoy this moment. Breathe and slow down your mind for a moment. Life is about living and living it passionately.
Timon: “Repeat after me. Hakuna Matata.”
Believe in Hakuna Matata. Always.
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