The Future

 

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“Look beyond the present circumstances, imagine a brighter future.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

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Whilst Covid-19 has been a time of uncertainty and difficulty for many people, families and organisations, it has presented a unique opportunity. We are getting the chance to reflect and consider some of the positives that could come out of lockdown. We have already proven that when faced with no other choice, we can adapt quickly, so why should this stop after lockdown?

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Happy people realise happiness is a choice. They are not held hostage by their circumstances and they do not seek happiness in people or possessions. They understand that when we stop chasing the world’s definition of happiness, we begin to see the decision to experience happiness has been right in front of us all along.

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Happy people choose to focus on the positive aspects of life rather than the negative. People are enjoying much more ‘me’ time and getting to do things they never normally have the time to do. High on the lists are spending time with family, exercising, spending ‘me’ time in the house and so much more. They set their minds on specific reasons to be grateful. They express it when possible. And they quickly discover there is always, always, something to be grateful for.

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Wake up on your terms.  That is probably not going to change. But that does not mean we have to lose control over our mornings in the process. Wake up just a little bit early and establish an empowering, meaningful, morning routine. Start each day on your terms. The next 23 hours will thank you for it.

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There is happiness and fulfillment to be found in personal growth. To know that you have intentionally devoted time and energy to personal improvement is one of the most satisfying feelings you will ever experience. Embrace and practice at least one act of self-discipline each day. This could be exercise, budgeting, or guided-learning… whatever your life needs today to continue growing.

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Everyone wants to be treated kindly. But more than that, deep down, we also want to treat others with the same respect that we would like given to us. Treat everyone you meet with kindness, patience, and grace.

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Ultimately, the meaning of work has changed for many people. We are remembering that we do not just work for money. Some of us will  have realised that our career is part of our identity, a purpose or a symbol of independence that may not have always been appreciated. Life after lockdown will never be the same, but do we really want it to be the same? Today choose joy and be happy….choose to make a brighter future.

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“There are two main predictions for the future; it’s either appealing or appalling.An appealing future is created by people who identify their real values in life and believe in what they can do.”
 Israelmore Ayivor

 


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