Why Traveling is Awesome

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Who doesn’t want to travel the world and experience different cultures?

All of us have a bucket list of places to visit before we reach a certain age, or before we die. While we go on with our daily lives, we painstakingly save up for our dream destinations, and often find ourselves checking them off of our list, one after another.

Travel offers priceless experiences that we wouldn’t exchange for the world. Not only does it give us the respite we need from life’s daily hustle and bustle, but it also makes us appreciate life in general. When we travel, we see people and things in a different light. We see meaning in nature, and begin to realize how everything on earth is interconnected. We learn to empathize with everyone else. Simply put, travel widens our horizon and makes us the well-rounded individuals people gravitate towards.

To those planning to put off traveling, here are five reasons why you should start now while you can:

Confidence

What’s a better way to build your confidence than losing and finding your way back to your hotel? You meet all sorts of people along the way – good and bad, young and old. You learn the art of talking to strangers, and become more confident at it. You conquer your fear of the unknown, and begin to trust your abilities to handle things positively regardless of the situation.

Adaptability

There will be instances when you have to deal with delayed or missed flights, food you can barely ingest, wrong train rides and other instances that make you feel down. You can’t give up. You can’t be the whiny little kid you used to be, because no one is going to feel for you and save you. You pull yourself up and adapt your plans to the given circumstance. As you go on, you realize you’re getting better and better at blending in.

Simplicity

When you’re out on the streets, you realize the only things you actually need. You learn that most of the expensive stuff you plan to purchase are not really essential, and won’t help you live a meaningful life. You learn to stick with the basics and become less materialistic.

Street Smarts

When you travel alone, you challenge yourself to last multiple days in a foreign place without any untoward incident happening to you. You get an idea on how people live their lives, and try to think and do things like a local. You familiarize yourself with the surroundings and just enjoy the overall experience. That is not something you can derive from schoolbooks, and can only be learned when you move out of your comfort zone.

Happiness

With all the new things you learn and experience when you travel, how can you not be happy? You get to do things you’ve only thought of a few years back. You get to witness tourist spots, festivals and adventures you’ve only seen on internet galleries. For the most part, the different kind of fulfillment makes you grateful and happy at the same time.

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Passion in Life

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A wise man once said “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable!” Actually, a little girl named Matilda said it but Roald Dahl was the writer behind this lovely quote. When it comes to doing something on an everyday basis, how do you rank yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, with a 10 meaning you are following your passion? Yes, that was a trick question but what I am truly trying to find out is “Are you following your passion?” Do you get out of bed every day with a spring in your step and your heart is light with joy? If not, then why aren’t you doing it? When you are motivated by passion, everyday feels like you are working towards your heart’s goals and desires. While you may have a few bad days, your work still won’t feel like a chore to you because you feel fulfilled, knowing the fact you are pursuing your passion. While the lucky ones get to feel like that, what about you? Do you feel passionate about what you do? Have you actually identified your passion in the first place? If you have answered ‘no’ to most of the questions, I am here to change you into a ‘yes’ man. The first thing we need to do is to take a blank piece of paper and start drawing a mind map on it.

What Are You Good At?

A mind map helps you chart and visualize exactly what is going on in your heart and your mind. All you need to do is draw a circle and write your name inside it. Now, draw a few other circles connecting to it and fill them in with whatever we will be discussing next. Now you have the basic structure of your mind map all set and ready. Your name is in the middle, the empty bubbles beckon to be filled with your thoughts so the first thing you need to think about is, ‘What are you good at?’ It can be anything. Seriously, a person can be good at a ton of things so start writing them down. Is it cooking? Gardening? Photography? Following the stock exchange market? Making sales? Traveling? Whatever it is, just jot it all down. Now sit back and take a look at the map you have made. Out of all these things, narrow the list down further to find out what you are truly good at.

What Makes You Happy?

When you have noted down and identified what you are truly good at, how about sifting through the list and writing down what actually makes you happy out of all the things you are good at? For example: You may be good at sales but does that make you happy? You may be good at cooking too, but does it fill you with a feeling of completion or a sense of purpose? When you start looking at the things you are good at with this critical view, you will begin to get on the right track to finding your passion. Since you want to be on the right track though, do think critically about what makes you happy. Watching TV can make you happy too but it doesn’t have to belong on your mind map because when you think about it critically, it may be just a way for you to relax and get rid of the stress you were feeling throughout the day.

Can You Imagine Yourself Continuing in the Same Way for Years to Come?

Now, you might have a messy mind map but it’s time to put it aside for a little bit. It’s time to use your own mind to see what you can consider your passion out of the mind map. You have already answered two important questions which were ‘What are you good at?’ and, ‘What makes you happy? Using this information, try to visualize what you think you can imagine yourself doing for years to come. Can you still feel happy if you had to continue on in sales? Can you still imagine yourself following the stock exchange even when you are old? Your passion does not dim over age. In fact, it grows stronger as your skills improve and you gain access to vital resources which allow you to pursue your passion with more vigor and energy than you previously had. Can you see yourself being excited about making another sale? Getting more profit or snapping more pictures at a party or wedding down the road?

Hooray! We Discovered Your Passion!

If you start being able to answer these questions with ‘yes’, then you know you have found your passion. One thing you have to pay attention to though, is that it is possible for you have to have two passions. Two things which make you feel passionate about them but it can be in two completely different ways. So, what do you do? You choose between them. Which one calls to you more? Which one can give you the satisfaction and sense of purpose you desire? But most importantly, which one can make you feel like you can build your future on it? Once you have answered those questions you have truly identified your passion. But once you have identified your passion, what do you do? Before you hop around with joy, call your boss and resign from your current job which is sucking the happiness and passion out of you, take some time to think things through. If you aren’t following your passion already, you don’t have to do it this instant.

Now What?

Start looking around for opportunities which will allow you to pursue it but still keep doing what you are doing. You might have heard stories about people who just got up and left and never looked back since a particular day but keep in mind you have to be practical. Do you have a huge circle which can provide you the moral support you need? Do you have enough saved up to support yourself while you try to kick-start your passion down the road to success? If you said ‘no’ to both, hold on and give yourself some time to turn those no’s into yes’s. Discovering your passion is interesting and definitely important but it shouldn’t break a person in the process. There will be plenty of opportunities to try taking risks and leaps of faith but when you are just starting out on the road towards your passion, you need a firm footing which can help make the foundation or base for your amazing journey. With these things in mind, you can finally head on to find your passion and pursue it in life and when it comes time to take a leap of faith when you are well on your way, go ahead and do it!

Why You Must Live in the Present

An excess of anything is always bad. This holds true for some positive things such as financial planning. Many people might not believe it, but excessive planning can also ruin your life by stopping you from enjoying the present. People who think more about the past and future rarely live a happy life. Therefore, if you want to spend a happy life, do not think too much about the future; live in the present.

Each Moment is Precious

Life is short and you should not waste it thinking about what will happen in the future. Do not take happy moments for granted because you never know when the next happy moment will come. As such, when it comes, do not miss out.

Therefore, if you want to enjoy your life, concentrate on the present. Plan for the future when needed, but learn to enjoy today as well.

Stress Reduction

Stress is one of the main reasons behind many diseases. One of the biggest advantages of living in the present is that you are free of stress and anxiety, making it great for your health and happiness. For example, over planning your future will increase the amount of stress you experience.

Identifying and analyzing your thoughts will help you for the future but also live in the present. As such, make a habit of working on present strategies and modify them into future ones.

Happiness

When your stress and anxiety levels are down, you are one step closer to happiness. Thinking less about the future and concentrating on the current is the secret to happiness. If you do not believe me, you can apply it yourself and feel the difference.

Accept the present and relish it, because your plan might not work every time. Do not impede yourself from enjoying the joy of the present moment.

Greater Control

Living in the present is associated with greater control over life. The present is the only moment that you can change. In other words, it is the only thing you have control over. Future planning is good, but the future is uncertain and thus out of your control.

Whether you choose to cherish the present or choose to occupy yourself with future plans, remember that it is your choice. You cannot change the future with your plans, but you can try to do so by improving your present.

2015 Self Improvement Project

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Every person in this world has strengths and weaknesses. A successful person is one who polishes their skills and builds on their strength. Work hard to minimize the effects of your weaknesses or completely getting rid of them altogether – This is what successful people do. The first thing you must do is to identify your strength and weaknesses.

When you know about your shortcomings, you can target them better. Your goal should be to strive to bring improvements in your life. This self-improvement phase continues throughout your life. There is always room for some improvements. You can start with smaller steps and then take it from there.

Here are some of the best ways in which you can improve your life.

Wake Up Early

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” The saying conveys one of the most important lessons you should follow throughout your life if you want to become a successful person. Sleeping helps you gain more time during the day, allowing you to be more productive than those who wake up late.

Read a Book

Books are source of wisdom so the more you read, the more knowledge you will acquire. A good book will bring a positive change in your life as you discover new things.

Learn a New Language

Learning a new language will add a new skill to your repertoire and will prove to be a unique experience. With internet and mobile apps on your side, you can easily learn a new language. You can easily communicate with others and it will help you know about different cultures. Choose a language you want to learn and get started.

Get Rid of the Shell

You should get out of your comfort zone and discover the world outside. You will be exposed to different situations and face different circumstances that will teach you some new lessons. Staying confined to your shell will take you nowhere. Break the routine and try to do something different.

Avoid Negative People

Surround yourself with positive energy and positive people as this will infuse positivity in you. Try to look at the positive aspects of everything. Avoid negative and pessimist people as much as possible and never react to what they have to say. It might not be easy because you might find such people everywhere you go. Learn how to deal with such people if you cannot avoid them.