Steps to Living a Happy and Successful Life

Dr. Purushothaman
August 31, 2013

One of the most powerful attributes we as human beings has is the ability to think and make decisions. We are given the power and ability to change and live a better life. Yet unfortunately, many of us are not using this ability to change the bad circumstances that we are in.

Perhaps you have experienced this yourself, you have been stuck in a job that you hate; but yet you refuse to take action to step out from your comfort zone. Remember that we all have the ability to take steps that will lead us to success in life.

Many people (including myself) are afraid of making changes in our lives. Therefore, this leaves many of us stuck in exactly the way we are - that's feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, and unsuccessful.

The one thing people should be very well aware of is that YOU have the power to change things, to change your life. And to a large extent, whatever is going on in your life right now is a result of your own efforts (or the lack of it).

If you are currently feeling unhappy and unfulfilled in your life, try to take the following 3 steps to see if you could make the neccessary changes in your life that would lead you to a more happy and fulfilled life.

Step 1: Change your mindset.

It all starts with your way of thinking. What you think will determine your attitude and how you act. How you act is going to determine what results you get.

If you are always thinking negative thoughts, you will only be inviting negative things to come your way - depression, loneliness, emotional pain, and more. And negative thinking produces negative attitude; and negative attitude will lead to negative action which will then produce negative results.

Develop a winning mindset by making a conscious decision to attain the change you seek. Stop making excuses, and instead clearly put in your head what it is you want using vivid visual images of how you see yourself in the future. When you do this constantly, you will change your mindset for the better.

Step 2: Change your attitude.

Changing your attitude from a negative to a positive one is not difficult but the catch is it must start from the way you think (step 1). For instance, if you always tell yourself "you can't do this" and "you can't do that," then you are right; you really will not be able to do it.

You have to have a positive attitude by being a "can-do" person and not someone who turns down offers because he thinks there is no way he can do that.

Stop making excuses that you can't do this or that. Or you don't have the time to do this or that. You know, everyone has 24 hours a day. Don't say that you don't have time; you just need to learn how to manage your time.

Again, to become successful, a high level of positive thinking, self-confidence, and perseverance is necessary.

Step 3: Take action to make that change.

So now you have changed your mindset and your attitude from negative to positive ones, next you need to have the courage to take action to make thing happens. Without action, nothing is going to happen! So this last step is very crucial to your success!

If you do not like your job now, talk to your supervisor about your problem and see if something can be done about it. If they tell you that there are skills you lack, then do something about it. Upgrade yourself, find way to get the skills that you need to make that change.

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