Are you ok?
My answer to this question almost all of my life has been “yes”.
And most of the time I believed it.
My passion in life is helping others, and hopefully sharing this will help someone who might not realise they needed help, and the possibility of embarrassing myself will be worth it.
So here’s a few things I’ve learnt, which I hope might help…
Never underestimate the affect that stress has on you
- ‘Soldiering on’ or ‘hardening up’ doesn’t work… it’s a survival technique which will bite you in the ass before you know it.
- I tried to ignore it, and it resulted in a panic attack and a years’ worth of suffering a constant feeling of not being able to breathe properly which frustrated the shit out of me.
Your words can change your world
- Your words, your actions, and your choices make up who you are – choose them wisely.
- Stop focusing on what’s wrong – misery loves company and negative thoughts will attract more negativity. Start finding things you’re thankful for each day. Try and find 3 things every day and watch how your world starts to change.
- Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it – never found a truer sentence in my life. Your attitude is everything and it’s the only thing you can completely control.
You are the only person you will spend the rest of your life with
- So learn to love yourself more than anyone else.
- I love pizza more than most… but once I started changing my diet I realised just how much the food I was eating was affecting my mood, my energy and my life. I started doing Isagenix, not really to lose weight, but because I liked how it made me feel. I have energy without coffee and I never seem to get sick anymore, so I’m sticking with it cause it works for me (but I still love pizza).
- Surround yourself with positive people. No one looks at a grumpy person and thinks “Boy do I want to talk to them”. Positivity rubs off on other people. Smile at people. Do something nice for a stranger. Helping people feels good!
At the end of each day ask yourself – what worked for me today, and what didn’t? Start doing more of what did, and less of the other crap. Obviously you can’t live every day like ‘YOLO’ or you wouldn’t work, have any money and go live on an island somewhere. But what you can do is start asking yourself – if today was my last day, would I be happy with what I’m about to do? If the answer is ‘No’ more than ‘Yes’ more often than not… then you need to start changing something. Whether it be your job, your home, your partner, your friends, your diet…whatever isn’t working? Just start making little changes to make yourself happier.
Leaving my successful, career-driven job last year was a daunting step in my life, but one of the best I’ve ever taken. I trusted my gut and knew that what I’m on this earth for is to help others, however I can. And now my job with DOTS Communication has helped me do that every day.
I now jump out of bed every morning before my alarm. I voluntarily walk each morning and watch the sunrise. I no longer have that suffocating feeling in my chest.
Basically the point of all this is that hopefully these lessons might help change someone else’s life, like they have mine. I didn’t want to wake up in 50 years’ time and look back on my life wondering if I lived a life that I loved, if I made a difference, if it was all worth it.
Make it worth it.