Hello dear reader,
Today I want to share a small insight that has been one of my biggest learnings from this year.
And it is regarding success.
Most of us, including me, have grown up unconsciously picking up the mindset that in order to have success in life, we need to grind, hustle, struggle and work really HARD and only then can we reach the goals that we hope for.
If we feel that we’re not doing difficult things and stressing ourselves out, we might think that what we’re doing is not enough.
Many of us also take pride in how much work we can do in a day and how much we can grind and hustle 24/7 for our dreams and goals.
If we’re mindful, we can notice that we also unknowingly like making things hard for ourselves just because we think hard is good and easy is bad.
I personally have noticed this tendency in myself a lot.
It’s the reason why I have felt burned out and felt the loss of my enthusiasm many times before.
But yes, of course, there is no denying that we do have to inevitably do hard and uncomfortable things if we want to succeed and grow in life.
But the truth is also that, things needn’t always have to be hard and difficult.
What if we changed our mindset from a mindset that is fixed in difficulty to a mindset that looks at things as fun, as play?
Here, a question we can ask ourselves is:
‘How can I make this more fun?’
‘Does it have to be hard? What if this were easy?’
‘What if I see it as easy?’
A simple shift from looking at a task as work and as difficult to looking at it as fun and easy can make a big difference.
Looking at something as work and as a hard thing makes us lose our joy and we start to do those things as a burden.
That’s the reason why many people who start doing business out of what they love find themselves losing their love for it eventually.
They start seeing it as work, as an arduous task and not as play and a source of joy anymore.
Sure, we can do those things anyway, thinking that struggle and discipline is what matters, but if there is no joy in it, then it also starts to lose its meaning.
Our task, then, if we truly want to succeed in life or be consistent in anything, is not to have more discipline or even determination, but the ability to keep on looking at the things we want to do as a chance to have fun and do those things easily, lightly, and joyfully.
Because that’s OUR thing that we’re here to do with joy.
We think that the successful ones are the ones who are making a lot of money, who are working hard all day and going after their big goals, but the truly successful ones are the ones who are having the most fun.
And this can be applied not just to the things we are working on or dreaming about, but also in our daily lives.
We can look at cooking as a burden and as a chore, or we can enjoy cooking mindfully and see it as a chance to be with ourselves.
We can look at cleaning and doing the dishes as a nightmare, or we can enjoy our cleaning, listen to music and clean up one space at a time and feel spacious.
So I want to end by saying that, let us try to look at things with easy eyes and always keep a mindset of fun and play for the things that we want to and ought to do in life.
Blog post of the week
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Quote of the week
One from others
“One actual step forward is worth more than a thousand imagined steps”
-Count Richard Coudenhove
One from me
You will always have something different to offer the world, and it may be good, better or bad..but it will always be unique
This much for today,
Wish you a wonderful week ahead!
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