Be The Solution, Not The Problem

By Ryan Blair

March 2, 2016   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

If I were to ask you what you want in life, you might say you want more money, a better love life, or better health. That is the answer most people would give. But I want to go deeper than that. What it really comes down to is happiness. We all want to live a long, happy life. But most of us don’t know how to be happy. The problem is we look for happiness in all the wrong places. Sure, money, love, and health will add to our unhappiness, but they don’t create happiness out of thin air.

We all have positive and negative aspects in our life. Which ones we focus on plays a huge role in how happy we feel. People with a negative mindset are part of the problem. They make their own life more difficult, but they also make the lives of others more difficult. I encourage you to become part of the solution for yourself and those around you.

Accept Responsibility

This section is going to talk about accepting responsibility for your situation in life. Yes, it is true that there are things that happen that are beyond our control. But most of us could be doing more to improve our situation.

It’s only when we accept the fact our life is the way it is because of the choices we have made that we are free to make better choices in the future. This might seem hard at first, and it is uncomfortable. But if you can push yourself to accept this fact, it is very liberating. Accepting responsibility can be a key to better relationships and results in our lives.

Be Grateful

Now, we are going to talk about being grateful. Being grateful is an important part of being the solution. A lot of people focus so much on the things they wish they had. If you get stuck in the mindset of always wanting more, you will never be satisfied.

No matter what you achieve, you will eventually find other things that you want. There is nothing wrong with having dreams. However, it can become a problem when we focus so much on what we want that we forget about what we already have. When we learn to be grateful for what we have, we become more content. It allows us to find inner peace.

Learn to Forgive

It is important to forgive others. Staying mad at someone does not do us any good. There is no reward. In fact, staying mad can hurt us. It causes stress that can lead to health problems. Hating other people will not hurt them. There is a good chance the person you hate is not even thinking about you. They are going on with their life. Hating other people is like hitting yourself in the hand with a hammer and expecting the other person to get hurt. It does not work that way. You need to let go. You need to forgive and move on. And remember, you are the only one who is truly in control of your emotions.

Be Proactive

You need to be proactive with your life. You need to know what you want and take steps to get it. Don’t wait for luck or fate to bring you what you want. If you don’t go after your goals, you will never achieve them. So, stay alert and be ready for opportunities. Take steps each day to achieve your goals. Being proactive can help contribute to a successful life, here are some more tips on how you can be proactive in your life.

Small steps are better than no steps. Make a list of the three most important things you value. What have you done to achieve or develop those things? Could you have done more? Being proactive about your life will result in constant improvements.

Ryan Blair

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