Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness and peace of mind.
Yesterday afternoon I met a friend at a local coffee shop. She brought her laptop along so she could show me some of her latest digital art designs. As we chatted and scrolled through her artwork, the laptop suddenly started making an unhealthy buzzing noise, then the screen flickered on and off and then cut off completely. And as we both stared at one another in disbelief, the funky aroma of fried computer circuits filled our nostrils.
I quickly grabbed the laptop off the counter to inspect it and the problem instantly revealed itself. The bottom of the laptop was soaking wet and an empty, spilt water cup rested against the side of her purse just behind where the laptop was sitting. In the midst of us chatting and shifting the laptop’s 15-inch screen back and forth, we somehow spilt a cup of water the barista had inadvertently placed on the counter behind the screen, which was out of our view.
When life throws us nasty curveballs like this, it typically doesn’t make any sense to us, and our natural emotional reaction might be to get extremely upset and scream obscenities at the top of our lungs. But how does this help our dilemma? Obviously, it doesn’t.
My friend threw her hands up in the air and, to my surprise, cracked a half smile and said, “That’s exactly why I backed up my files this morning, and why I have insurance on my laptop!”
I was truly impressed by her sentiment. Many people I know have had meltdowns over much smaller inconveniences. And yet, this unfortunate situation didn’t steal her happiness in the least.
So let’s all take this as a lesson learned. It’s time for us to let go of the needless stress weighing us down.
This is a new hour of our lives – a new beginning – and life will continue to surprise us with changes, one way or the other. So we mine as well make positive transitions going forward. Don’t you agree?
Aren’t you tired of dealing with the same type of headaches and heartaches over and over and over again?
Seriously, focus on purging some negative habits as you begin anew. Focus on learning from your mistakes rather than be conquered by them, and letting your errors be of commission rather than omission.
Remember, you ultimately become what you repeatedly do. If your daily habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you. Here are seven common examples of the latter that have stolen happiness from thousands of our coaching/course students and readers over the years (and I’m betting you can relate):
1. Letting every little problem get the best of you.
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