We are told that life is a journey, and the person who reaches its end with the most enjoyment wins. But what does this mean for those of us who have not reached our destination yet? What about all those people who are in-between, trying to get somewhere but never quite getting there? How do we find happiness on our journey no matter where we are? Why some people seem to keep moving forward without any difficulty while others struggle? What can you do if you want to stop along your way?
Mistakes are always made in the past. The future builds on top of those failures. We can't go back and change the past. The best we can do is what we do in the present moment to make up for it, which will always lead us forward on our journey of life. Forgive yourself when you've made a mistake; forgive others too if they have wronged you. This opens your heart and mind to new ideas and encourages you to take more leaps.
Learn from Mistakes
There is no better lesson than experience, and the best way to learn from mistakes is by examining them so that we can see what went wrong and how to avoid it in the future. Introspect, but don't dwell on it. At this moment, we have a choice: either live with regret or come back stronger next time.
Look for Inspiration
Inspiration can be found in many places - from your morning coffee to reading a book before bedtime or in people and places. Look for your role models, mentors, or teachers - they will show you the way to go. Inspire yourself to learn something small every day. It could be a new recipe, learning a new programming language - just the basics. This lecture by Randy Pausch continues to reenergize me whenever I need a push.
Seek Help When You Need It
We are all vulnerable human beings deserving of love and respect. Sometimes we need help, which is why it's essential to ask for assistance when needed. We are never alone. There will always be someone to help you achieve your goals and push forward. All you have to do is ask.
Be Patient With Yourself
We are our own harshest critics. Self-doubt is not your enemy but a part of the journey that shapes who you are and what you will become. If we don't believe in ourselves, then how can anyone else? Trust yourself and stay committed to your goals!
Take the Shot
The future is filled with endless possibilities. You will never know unless you try to influence your future. If you don't take the shot today, you'll never get to realize your dreams tomorrow. Your future can be a part of them, as long as you keep moving forward! Start small and build on it. Big changes do not happen in a day. They are built upon years and years of small incremental changes.
You are 100% responsible for your happiness and your growth. You may not be able to control external factors, but you can work on your internal state. Mistakes are easier to accept and learn from when you make them, but they can haunt you for a long time when others decide for you.
Take a Walk
Weather permitting, go on an outdoor walk. Step outside and walk around your block. A walk can help clear the mind and provide a sense of calm for those moments where we feel overwhelmed. It's an opportunity to reflect on what is happening in our life at a meta-level. Please do not listen to music, podcast, or have any form of content consumption; let your mind wander; it's more powerful than you think.