In all my research for motivation, positivity, inspiration, and happiness…this TED Talk was by far the most impressive. It almost brought me to tears, it made me laugh out loud, and it opened my eyes to finding my own happiness.
Recently, I’ve been so convinced that I would be happy if I moved or if my surroundings changed. Shawn Achor tells us this is absolutely false. Simply changing where I am located won’t make me happy. I have to change the way I perceive things and the way I think naturally.
In his talk, he provides you with a “To-Do List” of sorts to help you work on improving your happiness. I won’t spoil them because I want you to actually watch his talk. It’s only a little over 12 minutes long and well worth it!
Let me know what you think of his talk – I’m curious!
No, seriously. What would you do?
This question gives you permission to daydream fearlessly and to imagine a world without boundaries or limitations. Would you become President? Would you own your own dive shop in The Bahamas? Or would you direct movies? Your imagination has no limits – it’s logic that hold you (and me) back.
There are a million different things I would do if I just had the courage to take the first huge leap. Instead, I feel like I’m stuck in cement at the bottom of the ocean (…that may be a little dramatic, but it’s not wrong!)
The crazy part is that I put myself in the cement at the bottom of the ocean. I didn’t listen to my heart and got caught up in things that don’t really matter in this life. Now it’s up to me to bring myself out of it and create the positive world I so strongly desire.
Kris Allen’s song (see below) really gets me in the mood to take charge of my life.
So does this song by OneRepublic
They give me goosebumps!
Since I am not following my heart at the moment, I can’t exactly preach to you all about it. But I can tell you it’s worth trying when you find the motivation – even if it’s 5 minutes every week. Something is better than nothing.
…now go listen to those songs!
You may have seen this title probably on every single lifestyle/inspiration blog on the planet. Now I have looked at my fair share of these as well and while they can be helpful, if you are not in the right mindset, they are meaningless to you…
What I mean is if you are feeling a bit depressed, like myself, and you go on to read 10 different “passion” articles, you’re still going to feel just as lost. All of those posts may tell you to take action somehow or to dig into your past to find out what you love. Well I’m here to tell you that PATIENCE IS THE ANSWER.
Yeah, I hate being patient just as much as the next person…but I think it’s what got me to an excited perspective on job hunting and life. I was trying SO hard to force passion into my life that I became blind to all the specific things I love in life. With a little time and space (from my own mind), I realized a few handful of things that I’ve always found interesting and would love to explore more in depth.
One of these is painting! So with my 100-day-project, I’m going to work on enhancing my painting skills (thanks to youtube and possibly a few classes here and there). This isn’t going to be super easy but I have faith that it’s possible!
Lately, I’ve been a little down in the dumps because I have let my life become a jumbled mess. It has become just as easy to put on a positive face as it is to become irrationally annoyed or upset. These emotions alone are driving me crazy, haha. I absolutely let my emotions control me 100% of the time. (It’s not always the ideal scenario).
This has prompted me to not only search the ends of the internet for advice, but to also look into consulting a life coach for some advice. It’s about time that I begin to take control of my life, figure out exactly what it is that I want to be doing, and begin looking at things more positively. Over the past year, I have been stagnant when it comes to just about anything in my life. All the dreams and aspirations that I have are put on hold because I’m afraid to make the necessary huge changes to get to a new way of living.
On a more positive note, I am thrilled for my Jawbone Up band to get here! I had been waiting to order the newest one, Jawbone UP3, but it seems shipping/production is STILL held up and I’m impatient (oops…) So I ordered an older model online to get me started for the next year or so!
I am hoping this gives me a new sense of control over my life and motivates me to watch what I eat and do more carefully. I have gotten used to taking my life for granted and not taking care of my body. This only ends up making things worse!
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude – Maya Angelou
I’ve searched the Internet countless times to help me make a tough decision when I was unsure and needed more advice. I found myself ruminating on every possible option, thinking this would help me come to a conclusion. This strategy has not gotten me very far because it keeps me fixated on the problem without a “solution.”
After reading this article about Ruth Chang’s TED Talk, it has been made clear to me that I’ve been going about this all wrong. I had fallen into the trap of thinking one choice was automatically better than another, which led to many PROs and CONs lists. But without failure, this method has led me to taking the easy way out with the least amount of risk involved. How will I ever learn or grow that way?
I won’t. Fear and risk-taking have controlled my life for so long that it feels as if I have lost the ability to think for myself when it comes to making decisions. I got in the habit of following in others’ footsteps and doing what is expected of me. In the spirit of personal growth, I’m trying to change this about myself. I expect to encounter many tough decisions in the future, so hopefully this process will prepare me for that.
I encourage you to listen to the TED Talk or at least read the article. Even if you are not in the process of making a big decision, maybe someone you know is and you can help them.
Now I just need to focus on defining my values to help with my decision making process!
I read something today that impacted me in a new way…I have gotten in the bad habit of denying myself happiness basically every day. When I’m in an unpleasant situation, I infect everything else in my life with negative thoughts and think of myself as a victim of my circumstances. But when I read this article by Marie Forleo, I realized things don’t have to be this way!
In order to find my passions in life, I need to bring passion to everything I do.
Whether you’re brushing your teeth, making love or cleaning the kitty litter—do it like you want to do it. – Marie Forleo
Let’s face it…this isn’t easy to do, especially when you feel down in the dumps! Who likes cleaning the kitty litter? But imagine doing it with a new excitement and energy that will brighten your mood rather than continue to bring you down. That is powerful.
This will be my new goal day-to-day because there are sooo many tasks that I would rather never have to do again. By revamping them, I can bring more excitement and joy in my life and hopefully become a more passionate person.
Another side benefit to proactive passion is kicking life-sucking habits like procrastination, resistance and complaining straight to the curb. – Marie Forleo
If you never try, you’ll never know…right?
Today, I stumbled across Elle Luna’s 100-Day Project and I was immediately inspired.
In fact, just yesterday I went and purchased some art supplies to practice watercolor and sketching again. I’m very excited to see where this creative journey takes me.
To participate in this project, which begins in April (but I may start on my own beforehand), you pick an activity that you will commit to for 100 days. Since I’m doing drawing/watercolor, I will be painting & drawing something each day for 100 days. You could do anything from taking a self portrait or writing a letter to someone each day. How amazing does her project sound?!
This is a genius way to develop a passion/habit as well as discipline because it’s not going to be easy to do this every single day. Some days I’m going to want to collapse after work and not touch any drawing materials. But I believe this process will be beneficial to my mind by allowing me to be creative in an accepting environment and motivating me to continue even when it’s hard.
If you are interested in joining this project, check out this post for more details!! It starts April 6th, 2015!