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July 17, 2020

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton

Think about your resolutions earlier this year. Have you achieved what you’ve set out to do?


It’s important to check in with yourself because if you’ve made big goals, it’s about time to reflect on what steps you’ve taken.


Are you closer to your goals yet? Most importantly, how are you getting there?

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2020 can be a BIG year for achieving balance if you’ve stayed on track. 


When you’ve made plans to set your most important goals, you must have been aware of the consequences of not sticking to them, right?


We ask because the road to achieving balance is challenging for anyone. You may get it right the first time but at other times, you’ll sway far from your plans. It’s only natural to lose track but here are some guidelines to help you stay on course:


Tip No. 1: Think of Past Mistakes

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Learn from both what you did and did not do in order to find the reasons why some plans are easier to achieve than others. 


These are lessons which may be the key to your success this year. Or, perhaps there are realizations, too, if in the past you had tried to achieve the same goals but failed.


Trying again this year is the main thing. Never giving up says a lot about how important this goal is for you. 


To turn things around for another year, pick up on the lessons from the failures of the past. There’s beauty in that because it sparks new hope for better outcomes. But also, trying again encourages you to evaluate past mistakes through a wider lens. Find the learning curve this time around and stick to it.


Tip No. 2: Aim For Excellence, Not Perfection

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Being good at something does not mean being the most perfect. It’s far from it, in fact. Excellence simply means being extremely good. Perfection is not included in its definition, although people will always strive to excel and be perfect at the same time. 


The keyword is TRY. It’s the effort that counts much more.


Simply put, wanting to achieve something with utmost effort and excelling at it means you got there without having the pressure of being flawless. In fact, you’d have moments where you will make mistakes, can feel down about it and then question your motives. 


The reason you become good is the fact you’ve overcome these perils and choose to move forward learning from those mistakes. YOU’VE FAILED MANY TIMES BEFORE AND CAME OUT BETTER in the end. It is very much okay to stumble on your way to success.


Tip No. 3: Don’t Overthink.

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Overthinking leads to stress and must be avoided no matter what. Even the most capable people can succumb to overthink much more than they intend to. Why is this? 


It’s because you may possibly be overwhelmed with your goals and plans. Having too many things plotted out at once can take a toll on you. It could also be because you want to accomplish too many things with no real plan of action. 


Without solid direction, confronting your tasks head-on can burden you. Unless you’re prepared to stop and take a moment to analyze what’s wrong, you won’t see an answer.


Don’t stress out about having done so little from an overfilled cup. FOCUS instead of first admitting you can’t do them all and create small actionable steps. Never underestimate their role in the bigger picture. 


Remember that no big dreams are ever possible without the achievement of smaller more defined goals first. That’s one way to avoid overthinking.


Tip No. 4: Ask The Hard Questions

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Be honest with your truths and see it for what it is. Don’t makeup excuses anymore. Confronting yourself is a form of self-reflection. It is a means to evaluate what you have not done and figure out why you have not done them. 


If you find this tip hard to do, there could be a bigger reason why. Confronting yourself can be daunting because it can lead to finding out hard truths about yourself. 


They’re always hard to accept because discovering things about you that are negative may give way to a lot of doubt. 


But you must think that discovering personal truths are a form of therapy too. Accepting your truths and making no excuses for them is how you start healing.


Tip No. 5: Check-in With Yourself


Make yourself accountable for the plans you make. Include an evaluation that allows you to reflect on yourself on a deeper level. Be honest about it. Periodic self-checks are a healthy way to keep track of your plans and goals. 


It also leads to discovering things such as your potentials and pitfalls, strengths and corresponding weaknesses - a balance of the positive and negative sides about you.


Make use of this time to do self-correction which can benefit you in the long term. Without external help from others, you are able to evaluate yourself, provide remedies and make plans to do it. 


The result would prove you’re capable of making a way for yourself, to be challenged along the way but always coming out a champion.


The result is always yours to own.


If balance is your goal for this year and are doing your best to make sure you achieve it, we salute you for the journey you’re on isn’t an easy one. But if you do succeed, you’ll have completed this as a winner - heart, mind, and soul.


Happiness is sure to follow!

 

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