5 fundamental Truths That Will Change Your Life
Its surprising how easy it is to lose sight of the important things in life. Busy schedules and regular routines have a tendency to put the brain on autopilot. When things arent going quite the way youd like them to, its often because youve lost focus on what really matters. But focusing on lifes fundamental truths can be difficult, especially when they remind you that youre heading in the wrong direction.
The best things in life dont come easily, and failing to observe yourself carefully is a sure path to mediocrity. I believe that Socrates said it best: The unexamined life isnt worth living.
Socrates observation also applies to business. When Eric Schmidt was CEO of Google, he famously said, We run this company on questions, not answers..Life and business run on questions, not answers. You should be asking yourself regularly if youre headed in the right direction.Many of lifes essential truths need repeating. We need reminders that help us to stay focused on them. Keep these truths handy and theyre sure to give you a much-needed boost.
Great success is often preceded by Failure.
Your mistakes pave the way for you to succeed by revealing when youre on the wrong path. Great success is often preceded by failure. You will never experience true success until you learn to embrace failure.
The biggest breakthroughs typically come when youre feeling the most frustrated and the most stuck. Its this frustration that forces you to think differently, to look outside the box and see the solution that youve been missing.. Success takes patience and the ability to maintain a good attitude even while suffering for what you believe in.
Being busy does not equal being productive
Look at everyone around you. They all seem so busy -- running from meeting to meeting and firing off emails. Yet how many of them are really producing, really succeeding at a high level?
Success doesnt come from movement and activity. It comes from focus -- from ensuring that your time is used efficiently and productively.
You get the same number of hours in the day as everyone else. Use yours wisely. After all, youre the product of your output, not your effort. Make certain your efforts are dedicated to tasks that get results.
Youre only as good as those you associate with
You should strive to surround yourself with people who inspire you, people who make you want to be better. And you probably do. But what about the people who drag you down? Why do you allow them to be a part of your life. Anyone who makes you feel worthless, anxious or uninspired is wasting your time and, quite possibly, making you more like them. Life is too short to associate with people like this. Cut them loose.
Youre living the life youve created.
You are not a victim of circumstance. No one can force you to make decisions and take actions that run contrary to your values and aspirations.The circumstances youre living in today are your own -- you created them. Likewise, your future is entirely up to you. If youre feeling stuck, its probably because youre afraid to take the risks necessary to achieve your goals and live your dreams.
When its time to take action, remember that its always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of one you dont.
Fear is the #1 source of regret
When its all said and done, you will lament the chances you didnt take far more than you will your failures. Dont be afraid to take risks.
I often hear people say, Whats the worst thing that can happen to you? Will it kill you? Yet, death isnt the worst thing that can happen to you. The worst thing that can happen to you is allowing yourself to die inside while youre still alive.
Bonus Tip: Live in the moment.
You cant reach your full potential until you learn to live your life in the present. No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future. Its impossible to be happy if youre constantly somewhere else, unable to fully embrace the reality (good or bad) of this very moment.
To help yourself live in the moment, you must do two things:
1. Accept your past. If you dont make peace with your past, it will never leave you and, in doing so, it will create your future.
2. Accept the uncertainty of the future. Worry has no place in the here and now. As Mark Twain once said, Worrying is like paying a debt you dont owe.
Bringing It All Together.
Staying focused and asking the hard questions can be extremely uncomfortable. But we dont learn and grow by sticking with whats comfortable.