Why is my life so bad right now?


Why is my life so bad right now? Have you ever asked yourself that question dear reader? Perhaps you feel you deserve something better from life? Your life’s not all you’d like it to be, possibly?

Does the headline question resonate with you? You look around and you see people enjoying the sort of life you’d like and you can’t help wondering how it’s all working out for them but not for you?

If you feel this way then you’re not alone, that much is certain. Plenty of people feel this way. However, if you do feel this way, do you ever wonder who’s at fault for your life failing to meet your expectations?

Maybe you feel the fault lies with your parents or the teachers you had at school, possibly?

Perhaps you feel the fault lies with your boss or your employer?

They didn’t provide you with the right training or you didn’t get the breaks when there was an opportunity for promotion? Someone else got the promotion simply because they were well in with the boss, right? You feel that you were a better candidate than them and yet they got the job? Life can be so unfair, right?

Well my friend I have to tell you, if your life sucks then there is only one person you can blame. Just look in any mirror and you will see that person staring right back at you.

We’re responsible for our own lives and our lives will always be what we choose to make of them.

Yes, you may have had a few bad breaks in life. Yes, perhaps your parents and/or teachers could have been better. So what? Life is still what you choose to make it.

You have to decide what it is you want; you have to work out how to get what you want; and then it requires determination and a lot of hard work on your part to get where you really want to be.

Life is an endless stream of opportunities you can choose to take or not. For the eagle-eyed and fleet-footed, opportunities are there for the taking every single day.

By providing a service and adding value to the lives of others, there’s always money to be made. Keep educating yourself and learning new skills and you’ll be able to add more value to people. Add more value and you’ll get paid more. Manage the money you make wisely and you can always create your own wealth over time. It can be done and people do. Why not you?

However there are no shortcuts. Nothing ever happens by chance. On very rare occasions you might get lucky and something will fall into your lap. However mostly you’ll have to work very hard to get what you want. You have to go out and make things happen I’m afraid. That’s life, unfortunately.

It’s the same with relationships too. Find someone who you’d be happy to have as a friend, even without sex, and you have the basis for a healthy relationship. Friendship and trust underpin a good relationship. As does commitment and a willingness to put in as much as you take out.

It all starts with really knowing what you want. If you know your ‘Why’ then that will give you the motivation you need to keep going until you get to where you want to be. If you want it badly enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen.

That said, you have to be positive; you have to be prepared to make a few mistakes; and you have to be prepared to learn from those mistakes.

On the road to success, a few mistakes are inevitable. However as learning opportunities, mistakes are invaluable. You’ll learn much more from any mistakes you make than you will from any successes you enjoy.

However, never allow yourself to be driven too far off course. Keep your eye on the prize you want; and never accept an answer unless it’s the one that you want.

Above all, never, ever let people discourage you from pursuing your dreams and ambition.

It doesn’t matter what other people think; the only thing that matters is what you think. It doesn’t matter whether they believe you can do it, as long you believe you can do it.

You can be whatever you want to be, as long as you really, really want whatever it is you think you want.

Everything is possible for those who never give up until they get to where they want to go. Life really is what you make it.

You must also remember this though, life’s not a rehearsal. You only get to go round once. So make it the best you can and make the most of being you. You’re as good as anyone and better than most.

You can have the life you want but not without hard work and commitment. There’s a price to be paid and that price will be paid in blood, sweat and tears. You never get anything for nothing and the price must be paid first.

If you don’t want to pay the price then the life you lead will always fall short of your expectations. Sorry if that bothers you but it’s a fact.

So, what actions will you take now to start improving your life? Make a list and get going. It’s never too late to improve your situation. It’s never too late to make life better.

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How to become a real success?

Be so good they can’t ignore you. ~Steve Martin

How to become a real success? That’s a question most people struggle to answer, quite frequently. If becoming a success was easy then everyone would be doing well.

Sadly life’s not like that, however much we would like it to be.

Success requires hard work and a determination to keep going after each and every setback, and there’ll always be setbacks for everyone. No one’s life is plain sailing all the time.

So where do we start, if success is our aim? Well let me tell you right now. It all starts with being very good at what you do.

If you’re very good at what you do then you’ll get noticed, maybe not immediately but eventually. And when you get noticed you’ll get your chance to show what you can really do.

Just keep performing consistently at a high level and people will not be able to ignore you for too long.

Really good people are hard to find. So business leaders and talent spotters are always on the lookout for genuine talent that is motivated and keen to add real value.

However merely being good at what you do is not enough in itself. You must be ready constantly to seize every opportunity to get noticed by the right people.

If you’re working hard and honing your skills, one day someone significant within your company will say to you, “Could you do this for me please?” That is the point at which opportunity is really knocking. Visibility with the right people matters.

So grab the opportunity to show them what you can really do.

If you embrace the task you’re requested to do then you’ll be on your way down that road that will lead to success, if you play your cards right.

And remember; success is a game and it’s a game you should play to win.

Remember this also; plenty of people can deliver an exceptional result occasionally. It’s the people who can do it regularly and consistently to the highest level who are really special.

With commitment and the right attitude you can be such a person

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Why should I be positive?

People with positive attitudes make better employees, better friends and better mates.~Michael Josephson

Attitude is a subject I return to frequently. And I do that because from experience I know it matters.

You may think having an attitude is a good thing. Perhaps it is if you want to make it as a rock star. However in just about every other situation in life it won’t work for you.

No employer will be impressed by someone with a negative attitude. No employer will be keen to hire someone with a negative attitude.

Most hiring managers have enough problems to deal with each day without adding to them by hiring someone with a chippy attitude.

And if you’re seeking to make new friends or form a relationship then again you’re unlikely to impress anyone if you have a negative attitude.

Why would anyone want to have their life burdened by a friend or a partner with an attitude problem?

Life is hard enough for most people without them having to put up with someone who is high maintenance because of their attitude.

I can tell you this; your life will be much, much better if you start developing a positive attitude.

Fail to do that and your life is unlikely to be very enjoyable at all. The choice is yours. Your life will be what you choose to make it. It’s true, it won’t be perfect. It’s true, you’ll have bad times, as well as good. Everyone does. However if you’re positive, it’ll be easier on your central nervous system.

Look for the positive in every situation. There’s always something positive there, however small.

So, go out, be positive and it will take you further than you might imagine.

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What is life’s most precious resource?

To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam. To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of one minute: Ask a person who has missed a train, a bus or a plane. To realize the value of one millisecond: Ask the person who has won a silver medal at the Olympics. Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special. ~Author Unknown

What is life’s most precious resource?

Now many readers might say money I suspect.

However think about it for a second. Certainly money is a precious resource. That’s true but you can always get more money of course. You can earn a bigger salary; you could win the lottery; you could sell some of your possessions if necessary. So in that sense money is not a limited resource.

How about time? Now that’s a limited resource. We’re all limited to 168 hours per week, whether we like it or not. None of us can get more time than that each week however wealthy we may be. We cannot buy more time.

So time’s a very precious commodity. In fact it’s our most precious commodity. It’s the only commodity we cannot get more of, so it must be more precious than anything else.

Therefore if time is so precious we must use it wisely. We must guard it carefully. And we must not allow others to waste our time.

If anyone wants a piece of your time then they must have a very good reason if you’re to agree to their request. If it’s not a good reason, never be afraid to say NO.

Someone asking for a piece of your time is not a obligation on you, it’s simply a request. You decide whether you’ll grant that request. And it’s perfectly reasonable to say NO, if that’s the most appropriate response from your standpoint.

Always be polite of course but guard your time very carefully.

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What is the key to success in life?

You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset. ~Tom Hopkins

How many people just drift through life making no effort to maximise their own worth and improve their personal circumstances?

How many people fail to recognise just how far they could go with a little effort and a little education?

Far too many people waste the potential they’ve been given because they don’t realise that you have to go out there and get what you want. It won’t come to you.

Yes, there’s a price to be paid. And yes, that price must be paid first. And know this; whilst there may be a monetary cost, the real price you pay is in blood, sweat and tears.

You must educate yourself; you must constantly increase your knowledge; you must be determined; and of course you must be prepared to work hard.

If you wait for good fortune to come your way then you’ll be waiting a long time, unless you’re very, very lucky. Chances are you’ll never have much and you’ll always be poor. However it doesn’t have to be that way. It can be different.

Decide what it is you want and decide on the price you must pay. Then set about paying your dues and working towards the life you really want for yourself and your family. It really can be yours.

Education and training is an investment in yourself. The more knowledge and skills you have the more valuable you’ll be to the marketplace.

Invest in yourself, wisely. Develop as many skills as you can and get yourself into good shape.

This approach will pay the biggest dividends.

You are unique. You have enormous potential. And you can be much more than you are right now.

If you make sure that you’ve got something of value to offer then success will follow in time. That is a fact.

So go on start working on the future you now.

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Why attitude matters

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up. ~John C. Maxwell

If you want to get anywhere at all in life then your attitude is everything. How you view the world; how you react to what happens to you; whether you take a positive or a negative view. It really does matter.

You can be bitter, twisted and cynical and believe the whole world is against you. However that won’t get you anywhere nor will anyone be impressed. If you’re looking for a pity party then you’re unlikely to find one. No one likes a bad attitude in others.

However there is another way.

You can look at every setback as an opportunity to learn and prove yourself. Think of setbacks as challenges that will improve your character and make you a better person. They’re just opportunities to learn and grow.

So react positively, whatever happens. And when good things happen to you learn to appreciate them. Be grateful for the good that comes your way and appreciate all the good people in your life.

You won’t succeed with a bad attitude but with a positive attitude you can go as far as you want to go

Life’s never easy for anyone but it’s a lot easier with a positive attitude, I can tell you that from experience.

I’ve tried both good and bad attitudes in my time and I’m here to tell you that I’ve yet to find anyone who’s impressed by a bad attitude. However with a positive attitude you can charm the birds out of the trees. Positivity is infectious.

A positive attitude is easier on your central nervous system too. Constant negativity will just wear you down, as well as everyone else.

Remember this too; being stupid and cheerful is easier to live with than being smart but constantly angry.

The choice is yours. What’ll it be?

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If you see a chance, take it

If you want a guarantee buy a toaster. ~Clint Eastwood

There are no guarantees in life. You can’t be certain of anything, other than death and taxes perhaps.

However that’s not a reason for not trying.

You have to try and you have to work at it, whatever it is. If you don’t try you cannot possibly succeed, whereas if you do try then you just might.

As long as there’s a chance then it’s worth having a go.

Success makes you feel ten feet tall, so it’s always worth going for it.

And if you fail then at least you’ll learn some valuable lessons and give yourself a better chance to succeed next time around.

Chase success by all means but don’t expect any certainties. Just enjoy whatever comes your way.

You’ll gain whatever happens, providing you have a go. Not trying is the way to being a loser.

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When talent matters and when it doesn’t

Potential counts for nothing if it remains unfulfilled. ~Roy Sutton

You can have an enormous amount of talent but so what? It’s not what you have it’s what you do with what you have. If you don’t put your God-given talent to good use then it is simply wasted on you.

Those things at which you are truly exceptional are the basis on which you can really make your mark on life, or not.

It’s your choice. Live your life and make the best use of your talent and intellect or don’t bother.

The world won’t notice if you decide to waste your talent. Your loved ones might notice but the world will carry on regardless.

However use your talent, put it to good use, and the world will notice you.

It will require discipline and dedication of course and a desire to master your craft, whatever that may be.

Still it will be worth it to be recognised as someone who made the best use of what they had and made a difference.

The world doesn’t have enough talented people, so don’t waste yours. Go out there and be the best.

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Can there be a better feeling than winning?

There’s nothing like winning. ~Tony Adams

Can there be a better feeling than winning?

That feeling you get when you experience real success. It makes you feel ten feet tall.

Maybe you have yet to have that experience. If so, don’t give up. It really is worth the effort, believe me.

You can only truly know how it feels when you get there. But if you get there once, you will want to go back there again and again and again.

So go on, become a legend in your own right.

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How to measure whether you are of good character

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. ~Author Unknown

Most people like to think they’re honest and certainly I do. Well we all like to be seen as being honest that’s for sure.

However what would we be prepared to do individually if we thought no one else was looking; if we thought we would never ever be caught?

Now that’s the real measure of just how honest we are; we can fool others perhaps but we cannot really fool ourselves.

Deep down we all know what we are. Maybe we’re good; maybe we’re bad. Then again maybe we’re just people who care about what others think of us.

If you’re the sort of person who does the right thing when no one else is looking then you’re truly of good character, because that’s the real measure of character.

Fail to do the right thing in those circumstances and that suggests you are someone of questionable character, to some degree at least, regardless of any character profile you like to present publicly.

Personally I try to be of good character and I try to do the right thing always, regardless of whether I’m being watched. However I’m more a work-in-progress than someone who always gets it right. No one’s perfect, least of all me.

That said, I think aspiring to be of good character is well worth working at and that is one of my aim’s in life.

How about you? What do you think?

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