The Secret to Eternal Happiness

May 23, 2014 • Life Tips

Four words: Work on being better

Sometimes in life we think that we have to get it right from the beginning.

This is not a good way to think. If you keep on thinking like this, you’ll set yourself up to failure.

I used to have this mentality until I realized that being wrong in the beginning is not so bad.

For example, when I first started freelancing, I had no idea what my pricing should be. I wasn’t confident in setting rates.. When I decided that I wanted to change my rate, this ultimately led to one of my clients and me parting ways.

I felt like a failure at first and kept wondering,

What did I do wrong?

The questionI should have been asking was:

What can I do better?

After that incident, I learned that I needed to read up on independent contractor relationships and really understand the business side of freelancing. Sure, it was satisfying to get a check, but it wasn’t satisfying to never feel like I could confidently set up rates that reflected my worth.

So what the hell does this have to do with happiness?

Sometimes you have to learn the hard way in order to learn the right way.

Now, I try to look at things with a different perspective. Each day is a new day to be better. A better person. A better student. A better friend. A better lover. A better me. A better you.

Wake up each day with the will to be better (even if its just one degree) better than you were yesterday.

Make a small goal that you can actually accomplish.

Self-help.

Working on being a better YOU each day is probably the best thing you can do for your state of happiness.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Rana Campbell is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Ranacampbell.com, a site dedicated to personal branding and helping people learn how to SHINE in their personal and professional lives.