No matter what your current state-in-life happens to be, it’s reasonably safe to assume that you can stand a nice dose of encouragement once in awhile. Most readers know that things aren’t always what they appear to be on the surface. A prime example might be coming across another person who seems to “have it all” and later learning about some tremendous suffering or disaster he or she was experiencing all the while. Right here is where we can tie in various helpful cliches, such as “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” or “You never know what goes on behind closed doors.”
Aside from the fact that some folks are simply good at keeping a game face no matter what particular trial or adversity may be present, there are those who really seem to have a hold on the reins of their lives in such ways that makes others want just a tiny bit of their zeal and passion and joy. Those of us who are Christians understand the source of all joy is our Savior. However, He often speaks to us through others, and if we’re open to learning, we can pick up some worthwhile habits by taking cues from those around us who live healthy, happy, successful lifestyles.
I was recently reading one of those, “habits for success in business and life” type articles, which, in fact, offered very creative, sound advice to all seeking to up their games or lift themselves out of their ruts. It was a compilation of quotes from a variety of highly successful business people. Here’s a synopsis of the three tips I liked best:
- Choose three helpful things and do each for 10 minutes every day. Whether you pray, exercise and read, or paint, cook and write, what you do doesn’t matter as much as choosing three things you enjoy that help you free your thoughts, relax and restore your energy and good health. You could even switch out your choices if you’re someone (like me) who grows weary of too much routine.
- A key to learning and successful living is to read things outside your typical scope of lifestyle or work. Yes, you must be updated on your particular field of study or business, and yes, it helps if you’re a stay-at-home parent to read supportive, inspiring literature in this regard; however, reading historical fiction, for instance, or something about something you know nothing about is a valuable learning tool as well. In fact, you might be surprised when something you read winds up helping you in your own particular state-in-life.
- Don’t be so focused on finding a solution that you zip past questions that can lead you to it. This idea was captioned, “Live in the question instead of the conclusion” and the basic premise was to ask more questions when a question arises to spur creative thinking. The author mentioned “What would need to happen” as a prime opening phrase to which you might add things like: for me to have more free time, for me to be healthier or for me to win this contract, etc.
You can read the other 28 tips here. Talking to others and taking time to connect to people who randomly cross your path each day are also mentioned as worthwhile habits many highly successful people regularly practice. This is sounding better all the time. I love to read, I love to walk and I love the art of good conversation. Who knew these oft-touted-by-many-as-wastes-of-time-activities were actually hidden secrets to rock my life?
Judy Dudich resides in the beautiful woods of Pennsylvania, where 24 acres of land and a home-office provide the perfect setting for her children’s home-education and her own homesteading and business ventures. Life is full of blessings (and challenges!) for Judy, as a wife, mother of 10 and Grammy to six. She is a published author, whose book, “I Surrender/A Study Guide for Women” continues to encourage and support others in Christian family lifestyles throughout the world. Judy has also previously worked in the online speaking circuit. Her passion for permaculture, re-purposing, foraging and organic gardening fills her days with learning and adventure that she loves to share.