Today we finish up the 16 ways we waste beautiful days. 11. We waste beautiful days with constant complaining. – Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are. Complaining won’t change your reality, but a positive attitude will.
12. We waste beautiful days blaming others for our troubles. – You will be changed by what happens to you, but you don’t have to be reduced by it. In fact, the extent to which you can rise above adversity, or achieve any of your goals, depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – which means you effectively give others power over that part of your life.
13. We waste beautiful days engaging in needless drama. – Positivity is a choice. So choose wisely. Be smart enough to walk away from the needless drama, gossip, and negativity around you – it is never worth engaging in, ever.
14. We waste beautiful days talking down to ourselves. – Refuse to accept any more nonsense. Refuse to settle for the same old self-inflicted negativity. The way to overcome negative thinking and destructive self-talk is to develop opposing, positive thought patterns that are stronger and more powerful. Listen to your inner voice and replace redundant negativity with positive alternatives. Ask yourself: Who would you be, and what else would you see, if you erased the thought that’s worrying you? What could you be excited about right now, if you really wanted to? What could you be grateful for right now, if you really wanted to? Etc.
15.We waste beautiful days doubting ourselves. – You have good reason to believe that you can trust yourself going forward. Not because you’ve always made the right decisions, but because you’ve survived the wrong ones, and you’ve taken tiny steps forward. So cry for a moment if you have to – get it out of your system. Crying doesn’t indicate that you’re weak; since birth, it has always been a sign that you’re alive and full of potential. And you are FULL of potential again right now!
16.We waste beautiful days completely neglecting ourselves. – Remember to take care of yourself… Rest. Exercise. Eat healthy. Read. Be creative. Laugh. Don’t burn out. We need you for the long haul. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Self-Love” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
This Moment is Your Life
I want to end this post by reminding you of something incredibly important that’s been on my mind today…Where you are and what you’re doing at any given moment is essential.Because this moment is the only moment guaranteed to you.This moment is your life.You are not on your way somewhere else.Right now is not just a stepping-stone to another place – it is the ultimate destination, and you are already here.You are not progressing to a more important moment in your life.
The present moment is the most important moment there is.
This might seem obvious, but I forget sometimes, and I’m betting you do too.
For example, imagine you’re…
Brushing your teeth, washing your dishes, getting dressed for the day, etc. – these are often moments of rushing to the next thing. But they are also priceless destinations in and of themselves, if you pay close attention. These are quiet moments of space…to breathe, to notice, to practice patience, and to express gratitude for the healthy teeth in your mouth, the food that dirtied your dishes, the clothes you can afford to wear, etc.
Driving to work in rush hour traffic, hurrying into a meeting, etc. – these are moments when you’re quite literally on your way to another place. But these moments are not less than any other moment in your life. They are full of sights, sounds, interactions with other people, and the ability to be present and appreciate life…to practice patience, to breathe, to calmly cope with the emotions you’re feeling, to give yourself space before the commotion ahead of you.
Too often our minds are set on getting somewhere else. Another beautiful day comes to an end with hundreds of unnoticed moments behind us – we didn’t notice them because they were insignificant to us. And over time our entire lives become a massive pile of unnoticed and insignificant moments on our way to more important things. Then the important things get rushed through too…to get to the next one, and the next, until our time is up and we’re left questioning where it all went.
But it doesn’t have to be this way anymore.Not for you. Not for me.We can notice the beautiful moments.We can make the most of this beautiful day.
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