Don’t worry, you are doing better than you think you are!
It’s understandable to feel “stuck” when things didn’t turn out the way you expected or you don’t think you are supposed to be where you are now. Everything seems to be going wrong. You get depressed. You get discouraged. You raise existential questions, and although it can be a good thing because you will reach some realizations about what you can do to change the direction of your life, it is also very likely that you may fixate on what is missing.
Maybe it’s time to look around you and appreciate what you have, claim the power to change what you can, and see life as glass half-full. Here are 12 signs you are doing better than you think you are.
1. You have all the basic human needs.
According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the very basics are the physiological needs: food, water, shelter, clothes, education, and sanitation. Now, look around you. If you have all these basic human needs, consider yourself blessed. You may not be rich enough to have a big house or have the abundance of food and clothing, but as long as you have a roof over your head, are able to eat whatever and whenever you like, and you have clothes to wear, your life is better than others’.
2. You value your relationships.
You have friends and family that support you in everything you do. You now understand that quality is more important than quantity. You learned to let go of toxic people in your life, and devote your time and effort to those who deserve it. You give them time, and treat them the way you wanted to be treated. You value their emotions and you don’t take them for granted.
3. You love unconditionally.
You are not the selfish person you were before. You know when to give and when to take. You love unconditionally without asking or expecting anything in return. That alone makes you a better person. You understand the differences and uniqueness of each individual, and you accept them.
4. You have goals and dreams.
It may seem like you’ve been trying your best to reach your dreams, but they are still far from happening. As long as you still have goals that you want to accomplish, and you don’t stop trying, you are still doing better than you think you are. You just have to be more patient, and eventually, you’ll get there. Pursue your passions and chase after your dreams.
5. You have a healthy dose of fear and the courage to face them.
A healthy dose of fear is good. It keeps people grounded and serves as practice for making sound decisions. Having the courage to face your fear and eventually defeat it is one of the characteristics of a mentally strong person. You don’t let fear hold you back, and you can make your way around it.
6. You are a changed person and you learned from your mistakes.
You do not let your past define you and you are not the same person you were before. You acknowledged and learned from your mistakes and you treat them as valuable lessons in life. They say experience is the best teacher and you definitely learned how to do things differently when you encounter the same issues next time.
7. You welcome challenges and seek opportunities.
You take on new challenges with enthusiasm and regard weaknesses as opportunities for self-improvement. You push yourself to your limits and discover something new about yourself. You realize how strong you have become. New opportunities excite you and you look forward to the future.
8. You can handle rejection well.
If you experience rejections in the past, chances are, you can better handle any rejections that may come your way. You don’t beat yourself up or base your self-worth on one incident. Instead, you can turn it into an opportunity for self-growth. You grow stronger with each rejection and you become better.
9. You were able to pull yourself up and bounce back from bad situations.
We all have problems; the only difference is how we solve them. They say it’s not how you fall, but how you get back up that counts. It is as simple as passing the most difficult subjects when you almost failed. That is already something to be proud of. There is that rewarding feeling when you are able to overcome a huge obstacle in your life or get past something that seemed impossible at the time. If you do, give yourself a pat on the back because you have become a better person.
10. You don’t let yourself go and you prioritize your health.
You understand that health is the most important thing to prioritize in order for you to accomplish other things. Even if you are preoccupied with life, you don’t let yourself go. You take care of your physical appearance, you maintain your weight, and you try to live a healthy lifestyle. You know what to do when you don’t feel good or who to turn to when you need help to stop feeling bad.
11. You add value to the world by helping out other people.
Sometimes in order to feel blessed, we must first be a blessing to other people. You feel good when you are able to help people in need. You feel needed when your friends or family turn to you for help. You feel the joy when you are able to solve another person’s problem even as you contemplate yours. Sometimes, you might even feel that your struggles are nothing compared to theirs, which makes your problems would seem like a vacation to others. Simply being nice to people is already a big deal. You also know that empathy is a gift. You may not realize it because it may not seem much to you, but you are already making a difference in their lives.
12. You have a healthy mindset.
You are self-aware and positive. Although situations bring you down sometimes, you can still look back and laugh about it. You always try to strike a balance in all aspects of your life and you don’t let little things bother you. Your path may still be unclear, but you still move forward and make choices that benefit you. You understand that you cannot change the past, but you know you can change what happens from now on, as long as you take full responsibility for your life.
If you can relate to these, and realize that you have them in you, then you are doing better than you think you are. Do not get blindsided by the things that seem to be not working in your life and focus on those that do. You may not be happy with the way things are right now, but you still have the chance to change and have a brighter future.
Author΄s bio: Diana Beyer is an experienced, self-driven specialist and content writer at BestEssay.Education who is passionate about writing. She is always seeking to discover new ways for personal and professional growth.