Things to Stop Doing to Yourself: Part 1

There are a lot of things that hurt us in life, yet we continue to do them, sometimes out of habit, obligations, or mere comfort in the known. But I want to encourage you today, and myself, that there are some things in our life that we can change, and ultimately, make our life a little brighter step by step.

  1. Stop trying to buy happiness. Many times we look through windows ad desire things that are expensive and have associated worth with them. But the truth is, the true things that genuinely and lastingly satisfy us are completely free, without price tags — love, laughter, and working on our passions. 
  2. Stop holding grudges. Living with hate in your heart doesn’t really hurt the other person…it hurts you! They go on with live while resentment and bitterness take root in your heart. We are meant to live with full hearts of love! Forgiveness is really for us, not the person who hurt us. Forgiveness liberates you to move on and find fullness of life again, giving room for happiness since Mr. Grudge moved out 😉
  3. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs. There is no reason for that.
  4. Stop being afraid to make a mistake. Those who never make a mistake are never truly living or trying at anything, thus living a unrewarding, familiar life of average — it that! It is only a failure is you fail to learn from it; if some knowledge or experience is gained, then count yourself blessed because it did not keep you down. Get back up, because even Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb the first, or twentieth time. Be resilient. 
  5. Stop being idle. Ever heard the phrase, “An idle mind is the devil’s playground?”  Well it’s true. If you think too much, you can create a problem that wasn’t even there to begin with. Progress needs to be made. In real time, with real situations, not with thoughts that run wild in the negative. 

I hope you enjoyed these tips. Throughout the coming weeks I will continue with more installments of “Things to Stop Doing to Yourself.” More than any of it, I hope you saw some things you can improve on, since these are speaking from experience, some already learned, others I am still learning. 

And as always, be blessed. 

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