Before l go into the blog l would just like to say that l have noticed a spike in the number of readers and subscribers to the blog. May l take this opportunity to thank and welcome you and let you know how much l appreciate you stopping by to check our blog. On this blog we mainly reflect on success principles because success is available to anybody who seeks it, including you the reader, you are significant you have a gift and you are meant to be here on earth for a purpose!
Two weeks ago, l went away on vacation and during the holiday, although l was having a good time on the surface. I made a grievous error by failing to maintain all the learned habits, l had worked hard to master. Unsurprisingly, l began to feel clutter accumulating in my mind. By the time l returned l was feeling sad instead of refreshed. After a few days of returning l experienced terrible holiday blues and all my life worries came back and l felt tearful and depressed. This prompted a reflection on where l was in life?
In the few days that l failed to maintain my positive habits l lost complete focus on everything in my life. Although, my life hasn’t reached where l would like yet, l realised that l should still have been grateful, for the improvement made to date. I have achieved unexpected milestones on my project of creating a product from my imagination! Although, l have a few hoops to jump through before launching this product, l failed to acknowledge the headway accomplished as of now. The answer to appreciating my achievements lay in reinstating my habits and that’s exactly what l did! Life is an inside job and we just have to do our best ( Sia Australian Musician).
Referring back to our topic, when l felt that l needed to change my life but didn’t know how these are the habits l implemented and started practising. I would like to say religiously but it’s sheer determination to stick to these habits daily. Sometimes l fail for one reason or another. The goal is to carry on as soon as possible if l ever stop.
One of my starting points was, “ted talks”, where l heard, a millionaire voicing my exact thoughts. He mentioned how he was depressed about his life prior to making it, and seeking change but not knowing what to do? That guy then explained that the first thing that he did was reading books. He explained that he got books from the library as he was broke. I didn’t finish watching the show, immediately l left for the library and when l got to the library it dawned on me that l hadn’t listened long enough to hear what books to read. I returned home empty handed that day because l didn’t know what l was looking for. Anyway, to cut the story short l kept searching until l discovered that l needed to read books on success. A whole new world opened up to me, as l discovered and started learning about principles that l didn’t even know existed!
I also found out that, it’s impossible to move to a new phase of life without a new strategy or developing new habits. My new habits/ principles/ strategies which l obtained from the books included reading, listening to motivational talk, journaling, praying, affirmations etc. I was made to understand that knowledge is available to those who seek it!
Reading made the most impact on me because this one habit led me to the other habits. l kept reading until l came across the book that influenced me most titled, “The game of life and how to play it” by Florence Scovel Shinn. This book taught me that in order to create something you observe the problems surrounding you and seek to solve them! Prior to that, l thought l could only create if l am artistic and l didn’t view myself as artistic. The idea for my product literally came to mind whilst reading this book!
Furthermore, l also learnt about the barriers to success such as lack of discipline, persistence, will power etc which stop you achieving success. Having an idea is only the beginning of the battle. l needed to not only understand varied success principles but to implement them very well in my life!
Any progress achieved in my life so far is due to habits implemented when l embarked on the journey to discover what to do with my life. It is a way of life and If l pause practising the habits the progress also stops.
Although l am yet to realise my dream, my greatest satisfaction came when l began to learn new life skills and began to grow. When growing comes to a halt, we feel frustrated, and left out and we compare ourselves to others. I have learned that when we stop acquiring new knowledge we stop learning and growing which our minds depend on. We begin to die slowly in our minds and feeling frustrated denotes that our mind maybe crying out for help.
My current read is a book titled “Willpower” by Ros Taylor and if anyone would like me to share what l would have learnt please let me know in the comments section.