Find something that makes you happy and stick to it.
Figure out what gives you energy and double down on it.
Understand what gives you a sense of accomplishment and do that consistently.
Notice what puts a smile on your face and expand that until it fills most of your days.
The alternative is a spiral of negativity that will be every day more difficult to escape.
Do not go there.
What if a simple task, instead of fueling regret for the lack of a challenge, would push us to give our best consistently?
What if a simple goal, instead of fueling discontent for the little reward, would make us full?
Difficult, complex, busy, huge are often considered measures of success and satisfaction.
You can take a different route.
Start from small.
A little thing that bothers you just a little. Something you want to change. Something you want to try. Something that’s been on your mind for a while.
We often fail because we want to get to the end result right from the start.
We go on a diet, and we want the body we desire on week 1.
We start a blog, and we want an audience from day 1.
We land a new job, and we want to love it already on the first month.
We found a new company, and all we think about is to make it a unicorn.
Start from small instead. Break the big achievement down into small, if you need.
Small is your buddy.
It’s not the next big thing. It’s not the role you want. It’s not the company you’d love to work for. It’s not the next 1,000 or 1,000,000 euros. It’s not the year that is starting soon or the new season.
For as much as having goals and ambitions can be fuel for your doing, make sure that does not get you burnt while you are seeking peace of mind.
In the end, it’s simply what you have here and now.
Get used to it.
Breaks should not be a privilege, a sign of laziness, something you are embarassed to ask.
Breaks are important for two reasons.
They help to take distance from what you regularly do. And in doing so, you get the chance to reinforce your dedication and find new ways to approach old problems.
They also promote the idea that no matter who you are, no matter how important the work you are doing, the world is not going to end if you pause.
Take frequent breaks, and take some long ones too throughout the year. Give them all of your attention and dedication. Make them real.
You should be proud of it.