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Unconventional Quotes On Happiness That Everyone Should Read

Unconventional Quotes On Happiness That Everyone Should Read

Happiness is something everyone usually strives for on a day to day basis, a sense of well-being which leaves you feeling accomplished and often fulfilled at the end of the day.  It seems everywhere you look you’ll find another expert showing you how to find happiness in your everyday life, except, the path to happiness is all your own. Whether you find it through silence and prayer, or through the law of attraction, or just living in the moment, you’ll always find exactly what you need. While you’re traversing your path to happiness here are ten unconventional quotes on creating happiness and being yourself to help along the way.

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    “Pay close attention to the particular thoughts you use to deprive yourself of happiness”  ~Byron Katie

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      “Don’t get confused about what people say you are and who you know you are” ~Oprah Winfery

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        “Talk to yourself in two languages – what do I love and what do I fear- in order to balance the soul” ~ Peter Sheppard

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          “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come from as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~Frederick Keonig

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            “Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

            I really enjoyed my trip to the beach a few weeks ago, where I took my first starry night photo and this sunset was just something extrordinary.

              “To be happy you must be your own sunshine.” C.E. Jerningham

              Surfer Portrait
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                “To invent your life’s meaning is not easy, but its still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.” ~Bill Watterson

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                  “Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at a things.” ~ Walt Disney

                  Sunset and Reflection
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                    “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” ~Marilyn Monroe

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                      “Happiness is anyone or anything which is loved by you.” Charles Shulz

                      Featured photo credit: Surfer Portrait/Zach Dischner via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on October 17, 2018

                      10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Overcome Your Fear

                      10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Overcome Your Fear

                      The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

                      In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

                      Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

                      1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

                      What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

                      Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

                      2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

                      Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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                      How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

                      Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

                      Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

                      3. Get comfortable with discomfort

                      One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

                      Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

                      4. See failure as a teacher

                      Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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                      Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

                      Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

                      10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

                      5. Take baby steps

                      Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

                      Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

                      Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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                      The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

                      6. Hang out with risk takers

                      There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

                      Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

                      7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

                      Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

                      Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

                      8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

                      What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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                      9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

                      Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

                      If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

                      10. Focus on the fun

                      Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

                      Final thoughts

                      It will probably seem really scary at first to get out of your comfort zone. But as I said, you don’t need to jump right out of your comfort zone at once, you can take baby steps gradually. As you slowly push past your comfort zone, you’ll feel more and more at ease about the new stuff which seems so dangerous to you.

                      Take the first step and I’m sure you’ll make it!

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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