1. The first step is never easy.
The beginnings to good things are always the hardest, but it’s these hard times that pave the path to greatness. Be strong and keep the faith. It will be worth it in the end. The greatest miracle of your success in life will not be that you finished, it will be that you found the strength and courage to begin.
And remember, it’s not that those who are strong never get weak in the knees, or that they never hold their breath before they embark… It’s that while their knees are shaking, they force themselves to breathe and take the first step.
2. Good things rarely come quick and easy.
Life is not easy, but it’s worth it. If you expect it to be, you will perpetually disappoint yourself. Achieving anything worthwhile in life takes time and effort. You must align your efforts with your goals and then start every day ready to run farther than you did yesterday and fight harder than you ever have before.
Persistence is the single most common characteristic of high achievers. They simply refuse to give up. The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. No matter how hard it seems, the more you persist, the more likely your success.
3. You will always have less control than you desire.
The only thing you can absolutely control in life is how you react to things out of your control, and there’s a lot you can’t control. The better you adapt to this reality, the more powerful your highs will be, and the more quickly you’ll be able to bounce back from the lows. Put most simply: Living a happy, fulfilling life means being in a state of complete acceptance of all that is, right here, right now.
As your life unfolds, you will often realize that many of the times you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were in fact being redirected to something better. You don’t have to control everything to find peace and happiness. You just need to do you best, and then relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go and just let life happen the way it’s supposed to. Because sometimes the outcomes you can’t change end up changing you and helping you grow to your full potential.
My therapist told me to start two notebooks: a good book and a grief book.
In the good notebook I write down things that make me happy, things I’m thankful for, and things I think are beautiful. In the grief book, I write down all of the random dark thoughts and obsessions I have.
This process helps you to see your thought patterns and it gives you a book of wonderful things to read when you’re having a bad day.
While it doesn’t sound appealing at first, taking a vacation by yourself can actually lead to some of the most unforgettable travel experiences of your life. It’s much easier to meet new people and have fun experiences when you go solo. Find out some of the best places to travel alone!
If you’re looking for a tropical beach vacation, you can’t go wrong with Cancun, Mexico. This popular spring break destination has great weather year-round, so you can get a great tan on the beach. If you take a short ferry ride to Cozumel, you can snorkel or dive by the beautiful coral reef. You can also choose to explore the nearby ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.
Even if none of that sounds appealing, Cancun also has one of the best club and bar scenes in the world. Cut loose and party with other travelers all night long!
London, England is more than just a capital city, it’s also one of the most cultural cities in the world. There are so many different things to do and see in this historic city that you could spend a whole summer there and not be bored once. You absolutely can’t miss these attractions:
- Tower of London
- Westminster Abbey
- Buckingham Palace
- Portobello Road Market
- Abbey Road
If you’re not familiar with the Galapagos Islands, this is where Charles Darwin forged his theory of natural selection. These volcanic islands are host to a number of unique and endangered animal species, like:
- Galapagos tortoise
- Darwin’s finches
- Marine iguana
- Waved albatross
- Galapagos sea lion
The best way to experience the natural beauty of the Galapagos wildlife is to take a cruise that sails between the different islands. Because most of the animals don’t have natural predators, it’s possible to get up close and personal with these amazing animals. This is one vacation you’ll never forget.