Feel positive, fulfilled and in alignment with your true self!
I'm fortunate that since a young age my family has been extremely motivated, driven and self development aligned. During my youth, I was interested in reading books that outlined how to live a fulfilled life and ways to enjoy day to day. One book in particular called 'Don't Sweat The Small Stuff' by Richard Carlson is one that implements small daily acts for a happier and better you. I sometimes still catch myself flipping to a page and reading it every so often. My dad however, has re read this book probably 20 times and swears by the morals it portrays. In saying this, I am going to share with you guys my favourite topics that he explores through his book and give my insight into it.
Become a better listener.
Have you ever noticed a time when two people are having a conversation, and rather than conversing it's as if the other person is just waiting until the other stops talking so that they can get their point across? That's not listening, it's simply a race to who can talk next. In saying this, being a good listener isn't just avoiding the habit of interrupting, nor is it a competition for 'airtime'. It's the act of really listening and digesting what the other person has to say. When you simply listen more intently to what is being said, you'll notice that the pressure you feel is off. You'll immediately feel more relaxed and so will the people talking to you. When you start becoming a better listener, you're relationship with others will improve and you will become more patient.
Choose being kind over being right.
This insight has well and truly changed my life, and shaped the person I am today. I swear by this. The reason we are tempted to put others down, to correct them, or show how we are right and they are not is that our ego mistakenly believes if we point out someone's wrong we must be right and therefore feel better. When in actuality, you feel worse after proving you're right or putting someone down - I know I do. Next time you catch yourself with an urge to correct, prove or put down someone, ask yourself "What do I really want out of this?". Each time you resist being right, you choose kindness. However! Don't confuse this with never expressing your point. It's only when you insist on being right, there is often a price to pay.
Be grateful when you're feeling good, and graceful when you're feeling bad.
The happiest people aren't always happy. The difference between being a positive and negative person is what you do with your moods. When in a bad mood, most people force themselves out of their 'bad' state, which actually compounds rather than solving issue. Happy people understand that both positive and negative feelings come and go, and they don’t dwell on issues. They know with any issue that arrives 'This too shall pass." Next time you're in a bad or unhappy mood, accept the way you're feeling, acknowledge it and then simply know that there has to be rain before a rainbow and this is merely how you're feeling now and not forever.
I hope that these simple yet effective mind shifts are food for thought and help improve your day to day life.
Attached below are my favourite books to read for fulfillment and overall well-being:
If you've read all the way to here…I want you to set a goal to try at least one of these intentions this week. If you have any questions or want to share your improvements and experiences I'd love to hear all about it! Just send me a DM or sign up to my mailing system and I'll get back to you as soon as possible!
Lots of love,
P.S the #SUCCESS book is actually written by my beautiful sister Carla!