Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn't fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn't dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?
Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic.
This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.
But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.
The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can't do this. It's too hard. It's too impossible. No one can do this.
However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.
Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.
On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.
If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.
Try this exercise. Take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life. Under one header, list down things ‘you know you can do’. Under another header, write the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more, list the things that that are ‘impossible for you to do.’
Now look at all the headers strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under things ‘you know you can do’. Check them when you are able to accomplish them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header-the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’
As of the items you wrote under things I could do are accomplished, you can move the goals that are under things that are ‘impossible for you to do’ to the list of things ‘you might be able to do.’
As you iterate through this process, you will find out that the goals you thought were impossible become easier to accomplish. And the impossible begin to seem possible after all.
You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to aim high, and start working towards that goal little by little. However, it also is unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic.
Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned.
On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.
Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.
Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? That is as true as it can be.
So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.
There is nothing more important to your happiness factor than taking proper care of your body.
There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep to make you feel better. Well, maybe a perfect diet,
proportioned in fat, carbohydrates, proteins and calories. Oh, I almost forgot the benefit of a good
exercise program will do wonders for your health and well-being.
Taking care of your health is an integral part of taking care of your mental well-being. It’s hard to feel happy if you don’t get proper nutrition, sleep or exercise, no matter how hard you try to keep a positive attitude. If you don’t feel rested or fueled, happiness is going to be just beyond your reach.
Take time to get the rest you need. Go to bed earlier than usual, but don’t disturb your natural rhythm too
much. Eat smaller meals, but more frequently, to keep your blood sugar levels regular. Eat fresh foods; lots
of fresh fruit and vegetables will help keep your energy levels up, and make sure to include some proteins for long-term energy.
Exercise tells your brain to release “happy hormones”, called endorphins. Regular exercise that makes you
breathe just a little bit hard helps you to burn fat and to get the added benefit of the endorphins that give you a burst of energy and a sense of well-being.
Take control of your own body as a way of making yourself happier. By making better food choices, getting plenty of quality rest and getting more exercise is a sure-fire way of increasing you “happy factor”.
Let's get moving and get happy!
We all begin thinking about what we’re going to be when we grow up at a very early age. As we grow and
learn more about ourselves and life, those career ideas change and grow.
As we experience new relationships, hobbies and events in our lives, we develop interests and ultimately we become passionate about some of them. It’s these passions that make the stressors of life dissipate.
What may have been a passion in our twenties may very well change in our forties or fifties or beyond. We
may find that the career we chose in college no longer satisfies our needs, once our basic needs have been
While once our passion was making enough money to pay the bills, our passion in our fifties may become a
desire to help others. As we’ve developed personal skills, we may find that we are gifted in public speaking; what could be better than talking about your passion and making money at the same time?
Unfortunately, many people fail to live a life filled with passion. Fearful of rejection or of success keeps
many people from pursuing their dreams; many people simply don’t have enough faith in themselves to reach for the stars.
What makes you happy? Do you have a hobby that you just can’t get enough of? Take the step of writing
down any way that you could make money at doing your favorite thing and try it in your spare time. You
might find a new career doing exactly what you are passionate about!
The road to happiness is written in the Bible: THE way, THE truth and THE Light is Jesus Christ.
It is held by Christians worldwide that there is an innate emptiness in each of our hearts; we try to fill
it up with “stuff’, with experiences, purchases, with drugs and alcohol or sex; this vacuum, this empty place in our heart can only be filled by Jesus Christ.
Anything and everything else is only temporary. You can keep on trying to fill this void, but the only puzzle piece that fits is Christ.
Surrendering your life to God leads to amazing things. It takes away all of your fears-you’ve given those old fears and problems to God; how he handles them is meant to be.
You simply don’t have to worry anymore. You do, however, have to be open to what God may have in mind
for your life.
God does not give you more than you can handle, but He may push you in directions that you’ve never thought about. In prayer, ask for your needs, not your wants, and your life will be forever changed.
You will find the purpose of your life in your ministry, be it music, teaching, preaching, giving or reaching the lost.
Your life, as you knew it, empty and void, will be replaced by a lifestyle that compares to no other. The
happiness-the joy-that you could never find will be a part of your life in abundance.
You may have heard of someone saying that they are completely happy on their own and all by themselves.
Although this isn’t what appeals to me, I can understand why some people would think this; the only relationship they have is with themselves and it’s hard to mess up a relationship with yourself, right? It’s hard to have much satisfaction from that kind of relationship too.
Relationships with others are what make the world go around, because it is a thermometer of how we “relate” to others. Friends can be just like us, or just the opposite of us, but it is how we relate to them that feeds our souls.
We can choose to put effort into a relationship or choose to walk away; but each of us needs other people
around us to make us feel a part of a bigger thing.
The world is full of other people. We can decide to make friends of some of them and enhance our lives, or
we can choose to remain silent in the elevator or to not speak to the person at the next table at Starbucks.
We can stay in our own little world, or we can expand it to include others, who might enrich us with their
knowledge and personalities. I can open the door, or I can keep it closed.
I can choose to take what my marriage is giving me or I can put more into it and reap the rewards. I can be
lazy and think only about what this relationship means to me, or I can think about how much better it could be if I put more effort into making sure my spouse gets as much as s/he gives.
You do get back more than you give to relationships and relationships will reward you for years in many,
many ways. Nurture those relationships that you need to keep you happy!
To me holding on to your dreams is the equivalent to living with hope. But hopes and dreams without action, simply fade to black. Put your dreams and your hopes in action by doing at least one thing to move those dreams into creation. #GetNBack2Happy
I could certainly giving away my age here, but almost everyone has heard the hit single 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone. His simple message surely made a lot of people happy by telling them not to worry.
Living a happy, resilient and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.