The following article was written by one of our very own Mindvalley Team members, Dana, and is a piece from the heart. After receiving an astounding 318,000 shares we felt that it was only fair to share this with you so you too can identify the 15 practices, beliefs and habits that may be preventing you from being happy. The article is a little longer than usual but it is seasoned with powerful insights and peppered with inspirational quotes. Enjoy!¬
Here is a list of 15 things, which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and you'll feel much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering ì and instead of letting them all go and allowing ourselves to be stress-free and happy, we cling on to them.
Well, not anymore. Starting today, we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go!
1. Give up your need to always be right. There are so many of us who can't stand the idea of being wrong ì wanting to always be right ì even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain for us and for others. It's just not worth it. Whenever you feel the úurgentù need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question from Dr. Wayne Dyer:¬ úWould I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?ù What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?
2. Give up your need for control.¬ Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you ì situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, co-workers, or just strangers you meet on the street ì just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.
úBy letting it go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.ù¬ Lao Tzu
3. Give up on blame.¬ Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don't have, for what you feel or don't feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.
¬ úThe mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.ù¬ Eckhart Tolle
úA belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind.ù¬ Elly Roselle
úFollow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.ù¬ Joseph Campbell
úThe highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about.ù¬ Dr. Wayne Dyer
úThe only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.ù¬ Franklin D. Roosevelt
15. Give up living your life to other people's expectations.¬ Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them; they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them; to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people's expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need¶ and eventually, they forget about themselves.¬ You have one life ì this one right now ì you must live it, own it, and especially don't let other people's opinions distract you from your path.
Dana is the Product Development Manager for Mindvalley and the founder of Purpose Fairy Blog. A student of art, economics, and psychology, Dana¬ draws inspiration from novels by Lao Tzu with The Tao Te Ching to the lives of leaders such as Wayne Dyer and Carl Jung. She infuses life-changing and mind-transforming approaches in the works she does,¬ challenging¬ people to challenge themselves
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