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

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. 

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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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Key Ideas

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

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Reframing things in a more positive way can alter our perceptions and relieve our stressful feelings.

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Understand self-sabotage

Self-destructive behaviors can become habits and can continually undermine your success and happiness.

Self-sabotage is when we want something, but somehow we never accomplish it, because somewhere deep in our subconscious we’re fighting against that goal:

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  • We’re constantly overthinking all of our decisions.
Recognize self-sabotaging habits
  • Procrastination. Start setting deadlines and mini-deadlines to work toward your objective.
  • Negative self-talk/negative thinking. Be patient with yourself; be kind to yourself. Work to build yourself up.
  • Perfectionism. It is an impossible standard that keeps you from moving forward.

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It can be said that happiness is intended pleasure, and absence of pain, but if we are trying too hard to be happy, we cease to be so.

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Importance Of Happiness At Work

Happy employees are compulsory for a growing business.

A study on organizational success revealed that employees who feel happy in the workplace are 65% more energetic than employees who don’t. They are two times more productive and are more likely to sustain their jobs over a long period of time.

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  • not discourage his mentee with frequent negative feedback.
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Catch Up With Your Life

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Treat Your Body

Your body is your most important work tool and break periods provide an ideal opportunity to thoroughly check your body systems.

Don't ignore your body’s subtle signs that rundown is imminent. Things like poor quality of sleep, persistent aches, weight gain, high blood pressure, anxiety, poor eyesight, sleep apnea, depression and increased risk of heart attack and diabetes all are common in those who suffer from acute workaholism.

Treat Your Mind

Stressing your mind with heavy tasks reduces the output and quality of your work. Within your budget, strive to awe yourself with unique activities and you will recover faster from the stress.

It’s also important to take some time to think on the nature and purpose of your work, outside of the pressure of doing the work itself. This can be a restorative therapy to improve the way you approach your business and your career.

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