HAPPINESS IS A STATE OF MIND

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I came across an article about the meaning behind the word happiness and  then I thought to myself, what do I consider as happiness? When am I happy?

I guess there is no more fitting time than after living in Australia for five months to sit and reflect about the things I have learned while moving to another country.

I remember the feeling of excitement and curiosity about everything when I first came here and how I wanted to make as many friends as possible and trying to fit in, in this new country. But then I noticed how dissatisfied and unhappy I was of trying too hard and trying to live up to those high expectations. Truth is, everyones’ journey is different and you should never, ever compare yourself to other people. Once I realised how that state of mind was robbing myself of true happiness and contentment, I knew I had to change that mindset in order to make my journey and experiences as real and honest as possible.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said:

“Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others.”

I consider happiness to be doing what you love. It’s when I can sleep in on a monday morning. Happiness is when I listen to dvsn – hallucinations with earplugs in. I swear this song could make you both happy and sad at the same time. Happiness is giving love and receiving love. This has got to be one of the most, if not the only, greatest thing you could ever give to another being. Happiness is seeing the joy on my parents faces when they do gardening. It’s seeing your own potential and following your dreams. Happiness is puppies and babies and chocolate and pizza. Well happiness is also alcohol.

Don’t mistake me though, its not like I walk around happy all the time. Everyone has their bad days. But having a positive attitude towards things does make you a lot happier, and like when you see someone smiling, you automatically get happy and smile too. It’s contagious!

So now its your turn. What do you define as happiness?

How to be successful in everything you do

 

Being successful comes in many ways and it’s not only about climbing the corporate ladder and making a lot of money. Success can be going on a sugar free diet for one week, learning a new language or finishing the book you said you would finish four months ago. Success is an achievement of your actions.

But how do you achieve your actions?

If there is anything I learnt after stepping out of my comfort zone and moving across the world to pursue a life long dream of studying and living in another country, it is without a doubt that time is precious and it is what you do within that time, that counts and determines your success. I knew that big dreams required big planning and big actions, so I started to slowly research and plan for my trip about 6 months prior to even submitting an application for the university.

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When I received a conditional letter of offer, that is when everything went fast, and I knew that if I wanted this dream to happen, I had to be ready to take action and prepare for all of the things necessary. So thats exactly what I did. And I’m not going to lie, it was four very hectic months and I don’t believe that applying to studying for a masters in another country outside of your continent (especially if you’re not a native english speaker) while you’re doing your bachelors degree and working part-time is good for your health and stress level, but if I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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Time is so precious and it will pass by regardless. You control how you spend it. So don’t be afraid to dream big. Hell, the only proper way to dream, is to dream big! Set yourself small goals that you want to reach, and work towards those goals every day. The more of them you accomplish, the closer you get to your dreams. And before you know it, you have turned your dreams into reality, and you will have succeeded. No success comes over night and it requires hard work, effort and patience. Stay resilient and enjoy the journey you make towards those goals. Life really isn’t so much about the destination as it is about the journey.

Everything starts with you and you hold the keys to success. Its just a matter of using it and unlocking the door, and every step you take will slowly point you in the direction of success and greatness.

If you choose to settle for nothing less than your best, you will be amazed what you can accomplish in life– (Quote found at the fitness centre. Lol I know – but it’s so true though)

How do you see success and how do you intend to achieve it and create the best version of yourself?

 

 

Why it is important to step out of your comfort zone.

Let yourself step out of the comfort zone that you are so used to. You will never know what great things lies before you if you’re too afraid to take the risk.

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I was once told that stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to a place where magic happens. And this I strongly believe in. You have to be moving in order to grow and learn. And this goes for all aspects of life, whether it be professionally or personally. One thing thats for sure is that you NEVER stop learning.

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By moving, you will discover new places and faces, new possibilities and challenges, you will discover new forms of art created by people with a very different or maybe a similar outlook on life as you. Mostly you will gain a better understanding of yourself and how your character changes. You will become more stubborn or hardheaded, or more humble and grateful. You will come to find yourself more self-aware and your perspective of life will be wider because you see the world in so many different colors other than black and white. You will come to find yourself less perfect but you will be ok with that. You will never settle for anything that is less than what you stand for. You will fight harder for the things that you believe in, and you will set higher goals for yourself. And you will chase these goals because you’ve figured out that you deserve to be great.

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And when you enter this world that is outside of your comfort zone, you will understand that with every loss, you are opening the door for greater things to enter. When you enter this new world, you will be happy that you did and you will wonder why you didn’t do it anytime sooner. But thats ok, cause even monkeys fall from trees. Imagine how boring life would be if everything was perfect from start. Then what else would be worth striving for in this big world?

“Life owes you nothing. You owe yourself everything”  – Corey Taylor

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