Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.
While I can be the overly-smiling and somewhat annoyingly happy face of the day, when it comes to breaking through to the next level in life, I am no stranger to pain.
Its weird: the optimistic have a tendancy to not deal with things until they literally seethe to the surface. Ok, I should say “I” have a tendancy to do this. I don’t do it often. I do it when I estimate that something isnt a big deal. And… then it is.
If you are in low-grade misery, I suggest you excavate that right now. Don’t wait until the pain of your relationship, your job, your living situation or anything else forces you to do it.
Then again, when you are forced by total darkness to re-calibrate your life, that sometimes steers you toward the greatest light.
Live more in happiness. Make choices that make you feel very very alive. Don’t be afraid to stare down your upset- it is this bumpy time that will, if you dare, bring you toward the best places to be.
We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change.
― Henry Cloud