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7 Reasons Why Selfishness Is The Key To Happiness

7 Reasons Why Selfishness Is The Key To Happiness

Being selfish can be very good for you. Though selfishness may be seen as a bad word to some, it actually reflects the idea of pursuing your own happiness and prioritising self care.

Many drain themselves trying to please others and gain their acceptance, but you can’t really gain the acceptance of others when you have not accepted yourself. I find joy in considering myself first before seeking the approval and contentment of others. This does not make me an awful person, it just makes me more complete and prepared to face the world, giving it the best of what I can give.

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Here are some reasons why being selfish will make you a happier person. Open the door to happiness by considering a few reasons why you should be a little bit more selfish in your life.

1. It reinforces that you are your greatest protector

No one can look out for you the same way you look out for yourself. We all have a life to lead and it is our responsibility to make it great or not. We have to defend what we have, and if this means being selfish sometimes, then it is for the best. When selfishness means being more concerned about your own wellbeing, that’s not a bad thing.

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2. It means you won’t blame others when things go wrong

A lot of things can go wrong in life. But if you have taken charge of the situation from the beginning, you won’t feel hurt by being wronged by someone else. Rather, you will accept responsibility and take it with a grain of salt.

3. It makes you focus on quality rather than quantity

Being selfish reduces and streamlines your options. Your availability and choices will be fewer when you choose to think of yourself first. This offers more room for qualitative decisions and a rounder perspective on life. Getting the best out of your relationships and work life could be dependent on this factor.

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4. It will train your perceptive powers

Being selfish builds your instinct and gut-like abilities. You are able to listen to your inner powers and take action on what works best for you. It is easier to make your choices based on what works rather than on what doesn’t work. Being selfish means that you want to engage only in things that will keep you happy and satisfied.

5. It makes you healthier

Trying to please others can lead to frustration, disappointment, and unnecessary stress. It is impossible to make everyone happy. When you place other peoples’ wish ahead of yours, it puts a block on your ability to live the life that you desire. You are limited and distracted from fulfilling those commitments that will make a difference to you. By being selfish, you can take better care of yourself.

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6. It will improve your self-worth

When you are looking out for no one but yourself, you appreciate and value yourself more. Whether it is your opinion or character, you tend to be influenced more by your own voice. With this, you can see yourself from an advantageous light.

7. It helps you to deal with the world around you

You can only help the world around you and be of service to it when you are happy and content with your own self. If you are constantly distracted and upset by those around you, you will not be able to be of service to anyone. Giving what you don’t have is always a horrible idea. Focus on your own personal growth and define what you want for yourself, then you will be of service to those who need it.

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Casey Imafidon

Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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