Happy Monday! This week’s motivation came to me in the form of a link that one of my besties sent to me (thanks Kath!). We both share a serious love for inspiring quotes and motivational write ups. The link was a piece from the Marc and Angel Hack Life blog called ‘10 Little Habits That Steal Your Happiness.’ This is my first introduction to the Marc and Angel blog and I am nothing short of ashamed that I never stumbled onto their site before. Being such a advocate for motivational advice, I am overwhelmed by all of the lists that exist on their page and if I am being honest, I spent almost all Sunday devouring their archives. Yea, I just admitted that.
Of all 10 habits that can take our happiness from us, there were a few that resonated with me personally. I found myself lingering on a few points that made me think about my own actions (or lack there of) and how I could be blocking happiness from coming my way. ‘Working for nothing more than a paycheck,’ ‘Holding tight to worries and fears,’ and ‘Trying to make a big different all at once’ are the 3 points that made me think “oh snap, I do that!” So let’s take a look at these:
Many people look at me and snicker when they hear me show even the smallest distaste for having a day job. If I had a nickel for all of the times I heard ‘wish I could have your paycheck’ or ‘at least you have a job,’ I would have the closet of Kim K twice over. I know I am fortunate to have employment in this economy and I am grateful every day that I am able to live a comfortable life, but living comfortably and living passionately are two very different things and I just happen to crave the latter. The past year of my life has shed a lot of light on the ides of ‘working for a paycheck’ and it has caused me to reevaluate both my finances and the things that matter the most to me. So while I still have my 9 to 5, I am definitely moving towards a job that has me working for something bigger than just a paycheck.
There is not a person I know (or don’t know for that matter) who doesn’t spend time in their day worrying about the fears they have. Fear is a natural emotion that presents itself in the form of the known (based on previous experience) and the unknown (derived from the unexpected outcome in front of us). What is not natural is the overwhelming fear that prevents people from living their lives. I myself am guilty of being cowardly and not taking risks because I don’t know where that will lead me. Essentially, these worries and fears keep us from steeping outside of our comfort zone. Well, I am not going to let some little emotional like fear keep me from the adventures of life. Oh, hell no!
I have always been one of those immediate satisfaction type of people (and I have no shame in admitting that). I will pay extra to get faster shipping because I want to wear the dress from my online purchase this weekend, I will even ask the sales rep in a store for what I need right away so I don’t waste precious time searching for it in the store. So, the idea of wanting to do something significant and make life changes right away is not foreign to me. Stepping back for a second and reading more on this habit, I definitely have respect for the ripple method. I have even sat down and wrote down some smaller changes or actions that I can do which will cause smaller impacts that eventually lead to more monumental ones.
Make sure you check out the link and let me know what habits you are guilty of and ways that you can help improve your very own happiness!Pin It