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If You're Not Happy, Stop Complaining and Make a Change

Winston Churchill

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. "

Winston Churchill

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If You're Not Happy, Stop Complaining and Make a Change

If You're Not Happy, Stop Complaining and Make a Change

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/248776

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. "

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."

If you are unhappy

... you have 2 options:

  • You can complain about it and hope it magically changes.
  • You can set out to make a change.

If you are unhappy you owe it to yourself to make a change -- life is too short to delay any longer.

Determine why you are unhappy

There could be a million different reasons, and it’s up to you to identify them. 

Whatever they are, just know that you aren’t going to find true happiness until you first single out what the problem is. 

Change your attitude

Negative thoughts will only generate negativity and unhappiness. If you are constantly having a negative outlook, what do you expect will happen?

You could change that by shifting your attitude and understanding that you are in full control, and fully capable of changing your situation.

Create a plan to reach happiness

Excuses are made to justify remaining miserable. Eliminate all self-doubt out of your mind and commit to developing a plan to become happy. 

Determine what your ultimate end goal is and reverse engineer the steps you will need to take to reach it. 

Take action and don’t look back

Simply taking action doesn’t guarantee results; your journey to happiness could include mistakes, rejection and disappointment. 

But if you don’t take action there is only one guarantee, and that is your situation will never improve and you will remain unhappy.

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Focus

If you have a few projects at a time, focus on one. Work with intense focus. Do not allow distractions.

When you feel your motivation slows down, switch to another project.

Prioritize
If we are just ticking things off our to-do list without any order, the important tasks may not get completed.

Determine the urgency of your tasks to figure out which requires priority. 

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Desire

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Crave what is new and unexplored, and fearlessly pursue those areas. 

Choose to excel

Effort counts twice as much as genius or talent.

Commit to being a person who wants to be more, do more, and consistently test the limits of your capacity. Embrace the responsibility and enjoy the freedom that comes with it.

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