The big picture, the long term goal, the reason for this drive for self-improvement is simple.
I want to be happy with my life.
I believe that to find real happiness I need to live a healthier and more productive life.
Real happiness does not come from the transitory pleasures that I currently amuse or pacify myself with, like smoking or aimlessly surfing the internet.
I shouldn’t expect to feel happy in my body when I pollute it with unhealthy food and cigarette smoke, and don’t exercise. Nor should I expect to feel happy in my mind when I do nothing creative or challenging with my time.
Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. – Nicholas Sparks
I need to focus on the fact that hard work is ultimately the right thing to do, even if it does not seem to yield the rewards I’m looking for as quickly as I would like.
I must remember that what is quick and easy may please me now, but choosing that course of action is doing a disservice to my future self. Unhealthy things may make me feel better in the moment that I indulge in them, but healthy things will make me feel better for the rest of my life.
Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson
I need to be aware that the people who are considered worthwhile are the one who have something to offer. I need to stop feeling complacent with who I am, and recognise that although I have many good qualities, in order to become a better person I need to demonstrate those qualities in action.