Today marks the start of new beginnings.
I felt compelled to journal my journey to positivity and success and how much I’ve grown in the past six months. A course I took in school played a big role in helping me find the confidence to aspire to leadership positions and giving me the tools to combat my self-doubt was the start of this journey.
I don’t remember how I decided to allow positivity into my life but I’m happy I did. I’ve always been a naturally positive person and had a generally positive outlook on life but I’ve discovered it in a new form. A form that overwhelms me with joy.. Or at least joy is the only word that came to mind, even though it’s an understatement.
I can’t find the words to express how good I’ve been feeling lately. I think I’m actually experiencing genuine happiness for the first time in my life.
A lot of things we do bring us temporary happiness or just makes us feel good for a little while. I don’t think I’ve ever felt real happiness in the past (definitely joy though) or had anyone describe it so I’m not sure how to explain it. But it’s the only thing that comes to mind when I think of how I’ve been feeling.
It’s like….idk…you know that heart sinking feeling you get when something genuinely scares you and you feel fear? I feel the complete opposite of that. Instead of something sinking, I feel like something is bursting inside of me, in a good way. Like something is radiating out… That’s the best I can do. That’s how I feel when I reflect on my life and my new mindset.
This video, and the advice on positivity Yousef gave really stood out to me. I loved how he explained that he doesn’t worry about going broke because he doesn’t want to create that fear within and how he believes he’s going to remain successful and get even better because of the amount of positivity he speaks into his life. I’ve been practicing being more positive lately. I’d say that my mindset is definitely comparable to his.
One thing I do know for sure is that I’m not going to allow myself to create roadblocks in my life.
So how did I get to this point?
There are 3 major changes that occurred in my life in the past 6 months that led to this point. I believe that I got to this point because they all worked in tandem and were introduced to my life around the same time. I think I would’ve experienced somewhat different results if things were different. Here they are:
1. I surrounded myself with positive and ambitious people
This did not happen intentionally. What happened was I took an elective in college centered around unlocking your true potential as a woman. There, I met a lot of ambitious young women like myself, who motivated me with their desire for success. I saw how their hard work paid off and I was introduced to many leadership seminars and resources on campus that fueled my desire to succeed.
When you surround yourself with positive people, the conversations are different. They are intellectually stimulating and you learn a lot from them. You also meet more likeminded people and you develop a powerful network that inspires you. This is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my personal growth journey; the people you surround yourself with can either make you or break you.
2. I fed my mind with Positivity
As part of the course, we were required to read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
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This book was a major eye-opener for me. I had heard about the glass ceiling and the challenges women face while trying to rise to the top of the corporate ladder, but I never considered the part we play in this ourselves. She talked about how we as women hold ourselves back and let men lead the way because of the “imposter syndrome.” She also discussed our lack of confidence in connection to that and urged us to do things differently.
This really hit home because it was exactly what I was struggling with – self-doubt. I wanted to do a lot of things before I started the course but I convinced myself to wait till I had more experience for fear of rejection. After I read this book, I made a list of all the things I wanted and things I was putting off, and I just went for it.
Turns out I was really the only thing standing in my way because I got the internship I wanted, and all the opportunities I applied for came through.
After I read this book and pursued those opportunities, I decided to broaden my perspective further. I started reading more books on personal development, finance, and self-help.
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3. I changed my Mindset
The main reason I’ve been feeling happy is because I decided to change my mindset.
After getting inspired by the people I surrounded myself with, and all the positivity and knowledge from the books I’ve read, I decided it was time for a change. Time to incorporate the things I was learning into my life because I was seeing positive results from it.
I’m happy because I decided that no matter what obstacles I face, I will not let it get the best of me.
Life has a way of throwing rocks at you to try to break you down. No doubt, things can get tough; things have been tough.
What matters is not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you pick yourself up.