Our educational system is focused on math, science, reading, and writing. While these subjects are important, being great at geometry doesn’t necessarily lead to a happy and successful life.
Although there are many life lessons that aren’t learned in school, we all still have the responsibility of learning them.
Keep these important truths in mind. They can transform your life:
1. Forgiveness is something you do for yourself. Holding a grudge and being unable to let go of anger can ruin your own happiness, rather than causing grief to others. By not forgiving those you feel have wronged you, you’re only prolonging your own misery.
* Simply dropping a few of the unhealthy foods you eat on a regular basis can significantly impact your health and sense of well-being in many positive ways.
* Getting enough exercise and sleep is a good prescription for anyone. It’s easier to stay healthy than it is to regain lost health.
3. Perseverance is the most critical component of success. There are few feats in life that can’t be accomplished, as long as you try. When things don’t work out as hoped, change your approach and keep on going. How could you possibly fail if you refuse to quit?
4. Your happiness is your responsibility. Although you may wish that everyone made your happiness a top priority, most people have other things on their minds. Besides, you’re the only one who truly knows what’s required for your own happiness and fulfillment.
* Figure out all that makes you happy and create a life that supports those things.
5. Say what needs to be said while there’s still time. If anyone in your life has passed away, you’ve probably regretted not telling them certain things.
* Whether it’s telling them how you feel about them or sharing the fact that you stole their baseball card in third grade, you only have a limited amount of time. Make the most of it!
6. Failure is part of the process. You can learn a lot from a book or from watching others, but the most significant learning comes from “failing” at something. Provided you learn from each failure and apply that knowledge, you’re really just perfecting your route to success.
7. Live life like it’s hard, and your life will become easier. Having an easy life is about doing all the annoying things that many people aren’t willing to do. It’s about taking the time to find a rewarding job and paying your bills on time. It’s about following good eating habits and going to the dentist twice a year. These “difficult” things actually result in an easier life.
8. Obsessing about the future or past creates anxiety and frustration. Looking to the past to gain wisdom is great. Focusing on and regretting things that happened five years ago is a sure way to make yourself unhappy.
* Worrying about your future won’t make it different. Look ahead to see potential roadblocks and start working on solutions.
9. You don’t know what you don’t know. We all hold beliefs that are untrue. Unfortunately, we’re unaware of which beliefs are false. If you face any challenges in your life, you probably believe some things that just aren’t true.
* Figure out what’s true and false in your belief system. Having a more accurate roadmap to life results in a smoother trip.
Being successful in school doesn’t guarantee success later in life. They are two different environments, with two different sets of rules. Examine your life and consider the life lessons presented. Think about how applying these rules could lead to success and happiness.