A word of caution before you start reading this – if you’re expecting to be told that everything’s going to be okay and that life is full of rainbows, that’s not what this article is about.
These are some realities you have to face; no matter how difficult it is for you do so. They will help you get a grip on your life and prepare you for whatever is yet to come. Don’t expect any sugar coating here.
If you’re sick of listening to empty platitudes and meaningless advice, you should continue on below.
1. You Are Responsible For Your Own Flaws And Mistakes
Do you think that you have gone wrong somewhere? Go ahead and fix your mistakes. Do you feel sad? Go do whatever you think will help lift your spirits. If you’re still waiting for someone to come and save you, you’re going to be waiting for a long, long time.
You only need to be saved from yourself and the only person who can do that is you and you alone. Think about what you actually want to achieve in this life and work out the best way to get there.
Rather than getting in your own way, choose a path and stick to it as best as you can and you will go where you need to be.
2. Perfection Doesn’t Exist
If you think there will be a ‘right’ time to do something important like having kids or starting your own company or for losing weight, think again. You’ll just end up waiting and waiting till it is too late for you to actually get anything done.
Life and age will catch up to you and you’ll be left regretting all the opportunities you let pass you by. If you really want something, now is the time to get it.
Put in some hard work and give it your best short. Even if you fail, you will at least be satisfied knowing that you did all that you could and didn’t just sit around waiting for some vague date in the future.
3. Failure is a Part and Parcel of Life
‘It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not all at all – in which case, you fail by default.’ – J.K. Rowling
You cannot live without failing at something. It is an inevitable part of life and every single one of us has failed at some point. Life doesn’t come to a screeching halt just because you’ve hit a pothole.
Accept that there will be times when you will end up looking really foolish, you’ll make all the wrong choices, you’ll go out with someone who is not right for you at all, and you will mess up spectacularly.
Understand that this is okay. What matters is that you get up, shake it off and push yourself forward.
4. What’s Done Is Done
All of us have wished for a rewind or erase option in our lives at some point or the other. But as luck would have it, life isn’t that easy. What is done is done and there’s no way for you to go back and change the past.
As hard as it may be, rather than wasting time overanalyzing all that you’ve done wrong, concentrate on what the future holds. A whole new world of possibilities awaits you and all you need to do is reach out and take it.
Let go of bad experiences but learn from your mistakes so that you don’t end up repeating them. Plan out your next step accordingly and you’ll find yourself moving closer to fulfilling your aims.
5. All You Have Is The Present
‘Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.’ – Michael Landon Jr.
Our time on this planet is fleeting at best. You can never be sure when your tomorrow will be cut off for good. So live each day like it is your last and make the best use of the life you’ve been given.
Ensure that if you had to die tomorrow, you’ll be able to do so without any regrets. Remember, you never know when the bus is coming.
6. There’s a Difference Between Working Hard and Working Smart
You’ll meet people who like to keep talking about how much work they’re doing all the time.
However, if you pay close attention to their work, you’ll see that they’re actually spending more time worrying about how much work needs to be completed rather than on actually finishing up the work. If they spent that time working, they’d be done much faster.
Rather than slogging away, work more efficiently. Make a to-do list and classify everything according to priority. Work your way through it ticking things off as you go. Keep away all distractions till you are finished.
7. You’ll Find Time If You Want To
No matter how much you try to convince yourself that you don’t have time for something, even you know that it is simply not true.
Think about all that time you waste scrolling aimlessly through your various social network profiles. Or all those hours binge-watching meaningless shows.
The modern world is rife with things that can easily distract you. Set strict boundaries for yourself and you’ll realize that you have more time each day than you used to. Don’t let your leisure time seep into your working hours.
Live your life to the fullest, but never expect rainbows and butterflies to come shooting out of your butt.