Are you at PEACE?

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Are you at Peace?

 

To find peace we must moderate and control what we allow our brains to take in.

We all use computers and know “Garbage in-Garbage out.

Change your brain-change your life.

Learn something new every day even if it’s for only for 15 minutes,this will keep the grey matter excited.

 

Keep the brain healthy.

You are at your best in the morning,use this time to spend 15 minutes learning something new:

Communicating with your colleagues in a new way,

A new cookery recipe,

Reflecting on yesterday and what did i learn.

Start a diary.

Understanding the depth of life.

Materialistic things do not show how happy or peaceful we are.

We do not have to prove to anyone how successful we are, certainly not by shouting out how big my house is,or how great my family is,or look at my fancy new car.

 

This is not peace.

 

Let go

I would much rather to choose peace and be happy instead of the above.

Even when things are going bad in your life we can choose peace.

 

If you take one thing away from http://www.MakeThingsHappen.cc/ you have already made the choice.

 

Being able to release and let go.

Let go of the material wants.

Letting go of comparing to others.

Let go,measuring your success by material wealth.

 

If you constantly want  materialistic things,this is what you will get.

Most people want more money,more love and more time.

 

Because of the want,YOU will receive the WANT.

Release old regrets and excuses.

Let go of negative and insensitive people.

 

Let go of negative news.

Stop watching the news.

Stop watching the soaps.

Avoid surrounding yourself with negative people and negative situations.

Accept CHANGE, and let go “ that everything has to stay the same”

Lose the belief that fulfillment is at the end of your journey

 

You write your story.

 

Recognise the roller coaster of life and that there are going to be ups and downs,Life is not going to be pain free.

 

From science research  you must start the day on a positive and release the negative.

 

Find new energy.

 

Start writing a journal.

 

As we work on our brain we learn new things,as we work on our attitude we see new things occur.

 

We start to see peace.

 

Commit to starting your day in the right way.

Listen or read something positive before you start your day.

 

Start each morning by saying “I choose peace instead of this”

 

You are in the right place at the right time,JUST believe it.

 

Start with peace and release some of the stress and mental anxiety.

So that you can find the energy for the new ideas to come through.

 

Take one thing away from this blog, Allow peace and Release the Negative.

Allow peace and release the want.

 

Use Peace And Happiness instead.

Ian Williamson

http://www.makingthingshappen.cc/

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30 minutes of me time.

We are at our most productive and alert between 6am-9am.

Today I had my best gym session at 7am:
1.Feel refreshed
2.Gym was not busy
3.Had the rest of the day to spend with the wife.
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It is very easy to make time for yourself just by getting up 1 hour earlier than normal.

Why not read a few pages of a book or starting writing your own blog.
Even the washing up from the night before.

Complete your worst tasks first,so that you can enjoy the rest of the day.

Before you go to bed write down on paper or your electronic device a small to-do-list.
Just 3-4 items,anymore and you will not complete them.

By doing this you start to control your day and create ME time.

My favorite time is sitting in the conservatory at 5.30am,hearing the clock ticking and the rain on the roof,reading a couple of pages of a book with no disturbances.

We can all do this if we are just prepared to get up earlier.

Use your alarm clock as an opportunity to improve yourself and lifestyle,not just to hit the snooze button because it’s just another day.

Use any available time you have to learn something new.
Listen to pod casts in the car instead of the radio
When queuing in the supermarket,send that email,pay that bill.

By utilising your time better,you create quality time doing the things YOU like to do:
Spending with your wife,
Family,
Project for work,
More time on the golf course.

It’s your choice to CHANGE.

I choose CHANGE.

Thank you for taking the time read this blog.

Ian Williamson

Please visit my website.

http://www.matkethingshappen.cc/

How Simple Mini Habits Can Change Your Life

 

How Simple Mini Habits Can Change Your Life

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~Alan Watts

It was late 2012, just after Christmas, and like many others I was reflecting on the year.

I realized that I had ample room for improvement in too many areas of my life, but knowing that New Year’s Resolutions have a poor 8% success rate (University of Scranton research), I wanted to explore some other options. I knew I wanted to start before January 1st too, because arbitrary start dates don’t sit well with me.

On December 28th, I decided that I wanted to get in great shape. In the previous days and weeks, however, I hardly exercised at all and felt quite guilty about it. My goal was a 30-minute workout, and it seemed impossible.

I wasn’t motivated, I was tired, and my guilt was making me feel worthless. Feeling stuck, I remembered a technique I learned from a book, and little did I know that this technique would change my life in a big way in 2013.

The technique is from the creativity book Thinkertoys, and it is to consider the opposite of an idea you’re stuck on. So I looked at my 30-minute exercise goal, and my giant fitness plan to get in great shape, and I thought about the opposite.

You could say the opposite is eating fast food and sitting on the couch, but the opposite that came to my mind was one of size.

What if, instead of carrying around this overwhelming fitness anvil on my shoulders, I just did one push-up?

Initially, I scoffed at the idea. How absurd to do a single push-up and act as if it means anything! But when I continued to struggle with my bigger plans, I finally gave in to the idea and did one, and since I was already in push-up position, I did a few more.

After that, my muscles were warmed up, and I decided to try one pull-up. Just like you guessed, I ended up doing several more. Eventually, I had exercised for 30 minutes.

My mind was blown—did I just turn a single push-up into a full workout? Yes, yes I did.

The One Push-Up Challenge Is Born

From here, I challenged my blog readers to do at least one push-up per day for a full year. People have had great success with it, and here’s what it turned into for me: For the last 3+ months, I have gone to the gym three to six times per week to exercise and I’m in great shape because of it. Now I know why it works.

I have always held a keen interest in psychology and neuroscience, and I study them for my writing. So when I read about the studies on willpower that show it’s a limited resource, everything started making sense.

I couldn’t do my 30-minute workout because my willpower wasn’t strong enough or was depleted. But I could do one push-up and segue into a 30-minute workout because it only required a tiny amount of willpower to start, after which my body and mind stopped resisting the idea.

Of course, this concept does not only apply to fitness, but to any area of your life you wish to change. And I believe I’ve found the perfect way to leverage this technique – habits.

What’s More Important Than Your Habits?

Nothing. Habits form about 45% of your total behavior, according to a Duke University study. Not only that, but they are behaviors that you repeat frequently, which compounds their significance in your life. Habits are your foundation, and if this foundation is weak, you won’t be happy with the way you live.

The reason people fail to change their lives, and fail to instill new habits, is because they try to do too much at once. In simplest terms, if your new habit requires more willpower than you can muster, you will fail. If your new habit requires less willpower than you can muster, you will succeed.

The calculation can’t just be for one instance, however, but also for when you’re tired and your willpower is zapped. Can you continue it then?

One thing I’ve been wanting to do more is write. It’s therapeutic for me and I write for a living, so it’s fairly important that I practice. When I found that I wasn’t writing as much as I should, I found out how to combine the power of The One Push-Up Challenge with a habit plan.

How To Change Your Life With Mini Habits

Mini habits are exactly as they sound. First, you choose a desired habit or change you’d like to make—it could be thinking more positively, writing 1000 words a day, or reading two books per week. I’ve had success doing three at once.

Next, you shrink these habits down until they are “stupid small,” a term I made up because when you say the requirement out loud, it is so small that it sounds stupid. Here are mine:

1. Write 50 words per day (article, story, etc.)

2. Write 50 words per day (for the habits book I’m writing)

3. Read two pages in a book per day

Easy, right? I could complete this list in ten minutes total. So far, I’ve met these daily requirements 100% of the time, and then much more.

I’ve actually written one to two thousand words and read 10-30 pages per day, for these 12 days in a row and counting. Prior to this, I wasn’t reading at all and writing very little.

It works because your brain falls for the bait.

“Oh, only 50 words? I can write that.”

And then you start. And you’ll find, like I have, that one you start, good things happen.

Ten Daily Mini Habit Ideas

1. Compliment one person

2. Think two positive thoughts

3. Meditate for one minute

4. Name three things you’re thankful for

5. Do one push-up

6. Write 50 words

7. Read two pages

8. Do ten jumping jacks

9. Go outside and take 100 steps

10. Drink one glass of water

You can change nearly any area of your life; and at one mini habit at a time, it’s easier than you think.

When you remove the pressure and expectations, you allow yourself to start.

What mini habit(s) will you start today?

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Start giving feedback to your employees.

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Feedback for your employees.  

What is feedback?

This is a 2 way conversation between you and your staff member.

On performance:positive/negative and behavior:Positive/negative.

Performance:

Are they achieving targets that are set?

Behavior:

Do they have a positive approach to their job,are they arriving to work on time,are they team players etc.

Focusing on the behavior is much easier than the action.

For example:

Mary arrives late by 10 minutes to work,instead of asking why she was late,we say “Mary please do not be late tomorrow”then walk away.

What this does is concentrate on the behavior,which is Mary arrived late,this is not acceptable and,not the action of WHY!(because i couldn’t find my shoes and the car wouldn’t start).

Mary does not have a chance to engage you and now knows that arriving late is not acceptable.

If this is the first time Mary has done this,your approach should reasonably be light ,however still getting the message across.

If it was the third or fourth time,the approach would be the same but much more sterner.

This type of feedback is called “a shot across the barrel”

They now know what is expected of them and you have not had to go down the route of why!

If this behavior is still happening you may have to issue an informal action.

An informal action is a noted discussion:

INFORMAL ACTION

Date

Reason

Do you know what is expected of you?

Why did this happen?

What can we do help to stop this happening again?

An agreed action if this happens again.

Review date

Signed by employee

Signed by manager.

Using this form helps make an action plan with review dates.

Remember you are looking for change in BEHAVIOR,therefore if Mary was late 3 times a week and now its once,that is a change,ok not where you would like to be,however an improvement.

In your review in a months you will address this.

YOU must be committed to giving feedback and keeping to the reviews to change the BEHAVIOR.

If no improvement you have to go down the more formal route.

How do you give feedback?

If you have never given feedback before to your employee,You must give positive feedback first.

This must be done over a period time so that they can accept feedback.

Then you can bring in negative feedback.

Feedback by your employees first has to be accepted.

Giving poor feedback is as non productive as giving no feedback.

The best way to give feedback is by having one 2 one on a regular basis.

This works in two ways:

1.We can find out,what they have been working on.

What is going great and what is not going so well.

What their interests are inside and out side of work.

2.We can give them feedback on areas of greatness and areas where it is not so.

Set goals on development and where they would like to be.

One 2 ones do not need to be a lengthy process,between 15- 30min once a month.

If it is your employees first one 2 on2 this may take longer as you may have a few more questions  to ask to establish what their behaviors are and their needs/preferences.

Also to establish what behaviors are acceptable.

How do i prepare and perform a one 2 one.

Working on the basis that we need 30mins uninterrupted time with our employees.

The preparation should already be done by you and your management team observing and making notes on the employees behavior.

By doing this you are using real time situations which you can discuss and not hearsay.

10 minutes should be spent on what keeps them busy outside of work.

Here we can establish what their interests are and if they have any concerns that they need to discuss,which may affect their performance at work.

10 minutes should be  spent on what have they been working on?

What has been your greatest challenges?

How happy do you feel on a scale of 1 -10

What do you think the team morale is like?

What has been the greatest achievement you had this month?

10 minutes should be spent your feed back to them.

Any feedback you have observed,which hasn’t already been discussed with.

Whether they achieved any targets they set and how well they did.

Have they achieved their goals what were set from last month?

How well can i be a better leader for you?
Lastly a couple of minutes spent on what they would like to achieve in the next month.

To help with your ONE 2 ONE,ask your management team to observe your employees and provide feedback to you.

This is real time information which you can discuss with your staff member.

I use this feedback at the end of the ONE 2 ONE and it has a really positive affect.

By having a monthly one 2 one,you have a chance to praise great work and empower your staff,and also iron out at a very early stage any negative behaviors.

This is your chance to build a relationship with your employees,more important when it comes to their appraisal,there are no nasty shocks and you can concentrate on the positives.

Appraisals should be completed on a six monthly basis.

REMEMBER NO FEEDBACK IS NEGATIVE FEEDBACK!

Thank you for taking time to read my article.

This is what works for me and has made my team ENGAGED & EMPOWERED.

Ian Williamson

 

Want a promotion? Here Are 10 Mistakes You Should Avoid

Want a promotion? Here Are 10 Mistakes You Should Avoid
BY ARUN MAHARA · JANUARY 2, 2014

Only an employee knows how stressful it is to ask for a promotion. Especially in the current scenario of global economic crisis, the situation becomes more stressful. When you are asking for a promotion or a raise, you know very well that you are putting yourself at some level of risk. There’s always a kind of fear inside you for what will happen next. So, asking for promotion at such times can probably trigger unnecessary missteps at times. But, being strategic about your pursuit on the other hand can help you avoid most of the common mistakes you can make while asking for a promotion.

It is always suggested to ask some genuine questions to yourself before asking for a promotion. Do you think you are ready to handle the new responsibility and new challenges? Is this the right time for you to ask for a new role? Do you have what-it-takes approach? What’s your image in the eyes of your Boss? What do your colleagues say about you? How much have you contributed for the growth of the organization? And many more questions can be there. But on the other hand, be sure of the fact that mistakes do happen. Yes, chances are you have committed a lot of mistakes. And amidst those mistakes, do you think it is right time for you to ask for a promotion?

I have prepared this article as what-not-to-do-guideline before you are planning to ask for a promotion. What are the mistakes most people commonly make when they simply ask for a promotion? How to work on avoiding the mistakes prior to asking for a promotion? Here, I have pinpointed 10 mistakes you should avoid before asking for a promotion.

1. Pretension
In cases when your boss happened to ask to you something, let say some questions about something he wanted to get it done. Generally, you have the right answers to his questions. But chances are you don’t know exactly what the proper answer to his questions is. In such cases, you should never make random guesses to look smarter. The bottom-line is, do not pretend to know something you don’t. Chances are you are going to be a complete fool.

2. Backbiting
It’s really difficult to find a boss who’s cool. Only very few people exactly like their boss. There can be many disagreements from your side, obviously. But if you backbite about your boss with your colleagues, it will simply invite trouble to your career. It’s better to discuss with your boss himself if you are not satisfied with something. Do not regularly talk behind his back. It’s better off not discussing your dissatisfaction with your co-workers.

3. No, it wasn’t my fault!
Naturally, things can go wrong when you are working for your company. If something wrong happened, the most critical thing is to focus on fixing it, instead of playing the blame game. Do not conceal your mistakes. Never deny your responsibility for the mistakes you have made. Do not say it wasn’t your fault, whether or not you are directly involved in the issue. Understanding and sharing the actual information about the problems is of paramount importance in any organization.

4. Putting high expectations at once?
If you are asking for too much raise or too much new responsibilities at once, chances of your boss getting frustrated becomes high. So, do not put high expectations all at once. Knowing your priorities and working down the list succinctly will help you make better impression to the management.

5. Are you always full of excuses?
Throughout your career, you are definitely going to make a number of mistakes. Regardless of how hard you work and how smart you think yourself to be, occurrence of some mistakes is beyond your control. The point is you should always accept your mistake if it’s really yours. Once realized, make some genuine attempts to learn from it as well. Do not keep coming with a pile of excuses to your boss for the similar mistakes. It makes a bad impression to your boss realizing him that you are not likely to learn from your past mistakes. It’s not gonna make your way up to promotion.

6. Hitting the iron when it isn’t hot?
Make sure if you are hitting the iron when it’s hot. Always be sure of the place and time of discussion to be right enough. So, timing is always an important thing to consider before asking for a promotion.

7. Complaining a lot?
Do you complain a lot about the things happening inside the company? If you are the one who always whine about others, it will do nothing but harm to yourself. It detracts your own credibility and your own professionalism. And the other thing is, do not compare your worth with others who are already in the position you are seeking to be at. Always be optimistic and positive. Moreover, be positive. Do not let negativity overpower your words and actions.

8. Causing irritation?
Are you aware of the importance of social skills in organization culture? If you really want to get promoted, you need to have better skills to make smooth conversations at the right time. By saying this, I don’t mean that you need to be an enigmatic extrovert in order to get ahead in your career. But of course, you need to have the skill to hold a conversation without making it irritable. If you sound irritating, you won’t have positive impression to your boss and he will unlikely to promote you.

9. Not honoring your own promises?
How good are you at keeping your own words? Do you do the things you say you are going to do? When you say that you are going to accomplish something, all you need is to accomplish it. Never say yes to everything just to make the temporary impression. Say yes only when you really mean it. Make sure if you can do something you’ve promised. If you are not honoring your own words, most probably your boss is unlikely to promote you to the next position.

10. Can’t deal with criticisms?
Problem dealing with criticism? For the effective professional relationships, you need to be able to handle criticism easily. Your boss will definitely tell you for the corrective actions if he finds some problems with your performance. If you are not good at dealing with criticisms, maybe you are less likely to get promoted as well. Do not get angry or upset if you face any kind of criticisms. So learn to handle the criticisms and prove yourself more professional employee.

Conclusion:
This list of mistakes you should avoid before asking for a promotion is just a snippet of things where you can go wrong. But meanwhile, let me remind you one more thing that the key doesn’t lie so much in avoiding the mistakes really. The key doesn’t even lie in bringing your boss a cup of coffee every morning. Rather, it lies in keeping the mistakes as minimum as possible. The key lies in your capability, your contributions, and your potential to handle new challenges. So, be confident and optimistic about the strengths you have. Don’t you think YOU are responsible for inventing new position for you? May you get promoted to the next level, my best wishes!

[P.S.: For the ease of my writing, I made use of ‘he’ or ‘him’ to indicate ‘boss’. But clearly, the ‘boss’ refers to both the ‘male’ and ‘female’ in charge of an organization. So, ‘he’ or ‘him’ means ‘she’ or ‘her’ as well. No sex discrimination is intended.]

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Arun Mahara
It’s me behind this blog Solution Breakthroughs. I am a bit of music-lover, a bit of IT-graduate, and a little bit of everything, definitely a good writer in the making. Currently getting my hands dirty with some projects on writing, blogging, web development, and search engine optimization. Want me to work for your projects? Let’s get connected via Google+.

15 things you have to forget to get ahead.

This morning, after back surgery nearly a year ago, one of my close childhood friends finally took his first few unassisted steps. His doctor says he should be back on his feet full-time in about two months; he just needs to build up the muscle in his legs again. When I asked my friend what he’s looking forward to most about being back on his feet, he said, “Long walks with my wife.”

His response resonated deeply with me. It’s such a strong reminder that the simple things are often the most important, and that we sometimes let stifling thoughts and ineffective habits get in our way of being happy and productive.

Which is why it’s time to let go and forget about…

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1. The complicated ways of living.
Focus on the activities and people that make you happy, and filter out the avoidable opposites. Truth be told, we often make our lives complicated when it’s really quite simple: Find what it is that makes you happy and spend more time doing it. Find who it is that makes you smile and spend more time with them.

Living your dream is really just a matter of proper lifestyle alignment. It’s about being true to yourself, and realizing that where you are at any given moment is exactly where you want to be. Thus, happiness and success in life is simply the gratifying combination of liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking who you do it with.

2. Negativity and those who create it.
When other people treat you poorly, keep being you. Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are. Don’t let the silly little dramas of each day get you down either. Stay positive when negativity surrounds you. Keep calm and carry on. It takes one positive thought to overpower an entire array of negative thoughts. People who are able to find the one positive point in negative situations are the ones who never give up.

3. Insensitive thoughts.
Always be kinder than necessary. What goes around comes around. No one has ever made themselves strong by showing how small someone else is. Whatever can be done, can be done more effectively when you add kindness. Whatever words are spoken, will always be more compelling when expressed with kindness.

The kind deeds you exert in just one moment can have a positive impact that lasts a lifetime. Your days will be brighter and your years fuller when you add kindness to your purpose. Choose to be kind every day, and you’re truly choosing to live in a better world.

4. The belief that you’re too flawed.
Accept your humanness. You can stop pretending. It feels good to own up to stuff… to admit that you’re human – a work in progress – a beautiful mess. Wanting to be someone or something else is a waste of your beauty. You’re fine. If you feel like you aren’t, you’re blowing things out of proportion. Having a little anxiety is fine. Being a little fearful is fine. Your secrets are fine. You’re a good person. You’re intelligent. You’re fine just the way you are. (Marc and I discuss this in more detail in the “Self-Love” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

5. Your desire to win everyone’s approval.
Your ideas and choices don’t have to be on everyone’s “approved” list. Regardless of the opinions of others, at the end of the day the only reflection staring back at you in the mirror is your own. Make sure you’re proud of who that person is. Approach others with the belief that you’re a good person, whether they respond positively or not. It’s normal to want people to like you, but it becomes a self-imposed burden when too much of your behavior is explicitly designed to constantly reassure you of their approval.

6. The big expectations clouding your mind.
Whatever you’re waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, an inner awareness of abundance – it will surely come to you, but only when you’re ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart. So be as grateful as possible, for small things, not just for big things – for the simple act of breathing, the time together, the conversations, etc. Every moment counts. Every second matters. Whatever is given is a gift. Make the most of it.

7. What you don’t have, and may never have.
Focus on the resources you do have access to. It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to has power over you, if you allow it. Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do. So focus on the opportunities you DO have and exploit the resources you DO have access to.

8. All that stuff for sale you don’t need.
Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t know. Don’t be one of them. Stop buying stuff on impulse! Avoid the mall! The mall is not a source of entertainment. It’s a source of personal debt. There’s no reason to tease yourself by staring at a bunch of brand new junk you don’t need. And as you know, the novelty of a new purchase wears thin long before the credit card bill arrives.

So as I’ve said before, live a comfortable life, not a wasteful one. Do not spend to entertain yourself or impress others. Do not fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects. Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you. (Read The Total Money Makeover.)

9. Old, comfortable routines.
Remember, the way you’ve always done it isn’t the only way. It’s unlikely that one of the things you’ll regret when you’re 80 is not having consumed enough beer in your 20s, or not having bought enough $9 lattes in your 30s, or not having frequented the same chain restaurants for your entire 40s, etc. But the regret of missing out on opportunities is a real, toxic feeling. You’ve figured out drinking and going out. You’ve had enough lattes. You know what the hamburger at Applebee’s tastes like. It’s time to figure something else out. Every corner you turn or street you walk down has a new experience waiting for you. You just have to see the opportunity and be adventurous enough to run with it.

10. Senseless busy work.
Incessant busyness is often a sign of ineffectiveness and laziness. Because it’s easy to be busy – just partake in a bunch of random activities that drains all your time. Doing so justifies never having enough time to clean, cook for yourself, go out with friends, meet new people, etc. Right? Wrong. Don’t just get things done; get the right things done. Results are always more important than the time it takes to achieve them.

11. Illusions of safety.
You have to take risks. You will only realize the full potential of your life when you allow the unexpected to happen. Living itself is risky business. Every decision, every interaction, every step, every time you get out of bed in the morning, you take a risk. To truly live is to know you’re getting up and taking that risk. To not get out of bed, clutching to illusions of safety, is to die slowly without ever having truly lived. Be a little risky and realize the full potential of your life.

12. Fears of defeat.
A fear of being defeated is what warrants your defeat. A fear of not being good enough is what guarantees that you never will be. If you never pick up that keyboard, or pencil, or paintbrush, or whatever instrument you use to craft your work, because you’re afraid that someone else might do it better than you, your prediction will automatically come true.

Remember, defeat is not the worst of failures. Not having tried at all is as bad as it gets. And as far as failure itself is concerned, you’re not obligated to succeed or fail. You’re obligated to keep trying – to do the best you can do every day. That’s all. And you’re always good enough to do that. (Read Start: Punch Fear in the Face.)

13. The dream that everything should be easy.
The ones who fall and get up are so much stronger than the ones who never fell. Often it’s the deepest pain that empowers human beings to rise and grow into their highest selves. The ones who win the race in the long run are usually not the quickest or slickest, but the ones who have endured the most.

14. The way you expected things to be.
Life is about laughing and learning through good times and bad. It’s about growing through whatever comes your way and looking back with a smile. You’re stronger because of the hard times, wiser because of your mistakes, and happier because you have known sadness. The same is true for everyone else.

So stay strong. Even when it feels like everything is falling apart, you can either let it define you, destroy you, or let it strengthen you. Things change for the better. Just believe and roll with it. It won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it in the end. When you finally let go of the past and what did or didn’t happen, something better comes along. Oftentimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking at all.

15. The excuses for why you haven’t started.
The feeling you get from taking the first step is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around thinking about it. So get up and get moving. Take the first step this year – just one small step forward. The greatest miracle of your success will not be that you finished, it will be that you had the courage to begin.

The future is yours