What do I do in my spare time? (sixth area of development in the happiness sexagon).
"We create ourselves independently, and through our choices we give ourselves the shape we desire." (John Paul II, Veritatis splendor, IV, 71)
A few excerpts from my second ebook "Dare to Create the Life You Want".
I will describe below how my life is now and what changes for the better I made between 2010 and 2022 (in individual areas of the so-called Happiness Hexagon).
The second passage from my second book entitled "DARE TO CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT" (a passage on work life and finances).
The ideas contained in the books by the above-mentioned authors started to 'live' in me, caused changes for the better that I still experience today; my private and professional life has changed, I notice major changes in my beliefs and my thinking, my so-called 'mindset' has changed.
The Lord is my shepherd, I don't really lack anything, but I want to grow. And what does that mean in practice? My development is learning languages by 'surrounding' myself with them; it is writing posts for my blogs (including my main blog: daretolive.blog); it is also talking to people who are mature and know from the practice of life how to live in order to be and feel happy every day.
Each of us has strengths and weaknesses. These strengths we have given and inflicted (as the aforementioned Barbara Lech writes). If we think about it carefully we will realize that the greatest successes can be aceved where we have an innate talent for something.
"And it started with the first personal development book, its title is 'The Power of Positive Thinking'. The author of this book is Norman Vincent Peale. Reading that book and then the next ones, I yearned for growth and change, I yearned for a better and happier life."
The life and words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel are a great gift to us humans. If we believe in God in the Trinity and in Jesus our Redeemer, this faith empowers us to follow Jesus, to listen to Him and to live according to His teachings.
The habit of systematically saving money is important if you want to be financially independent (e.g. from the state); I don't know about pension systems in other countries, but I know a bit about the pension system in Poland and I can say that the situation of pensioners in 20 or 30 years will not be very optimistic.
I have read this book twice. It consists of 21 chapters and describes methods for dealing with difficult, crisis moments in the operation of a company. The advice contained in this book is also applicable to private life.
Today I would like to share some quotes from the book written by Thomas A Kempis; the title of this book is "Imitation of Christ". Several of the cautions are from Book One.
Everyone avoids problems and this is normal. It seems that a problem is nothing good. However, there are exceptions, which I will not describe here. I will point out that problems are an inherent part of life.
It is not my purpose to describe the RAS system in detail. I will only give one fact about this system, which is mentioned by the authors of "The Answer: "Your RAS has a built-in GPS system. With a GPS, you don't need to know where all the roads are located in a given city. You only need to decide where you want to go. You input the data and the GPS directs you.
I do not believe that there is a single man (or woman) without a problem. Every one of us has some kind of problem, although temporarily it happens that we have no problem at all. Problems are simply part of life, you have to accept that. However, the way we treat problems makes a huge difference to how we feel. We can treat a problem as a challenge to be faced.
In Carmine Gallo's book 'The Storyteller's Secret' (in the Polish edition on page 232) I read this text (translation from Polish): "We have an incredible opportunity to change the world. I will change the face of ALS. I will make philanthropists hear about it. (…) The mission became personal and Pete, (…) was determined to carry it out. He already knew the answer to the question, (…): "What is my mission in life?" His mission became to publicise the disease
The book mentioned in the title of this post is about 300 pages long (the Polish edition) and is full of evidence that storytelling is a great tool with several applications in the current world (e.g. to educate the audience). Carmine Gallo, a storytelling expert, "reveals the secrets of creating great narratives that inspire, motivate, educate, build brands, create social movements and change lives".
“Never complain, never explain. Resist the temptation to defend yourself or make excuses.” ― Brian Tracy
John Paul II tried to show that the pursuit of personal holiness is revealed in the humanity of every human being, and thus can be realized by anyone at any time: during prayer, work, study, creative activity, meeting other people, practicing sports, discovering the beauty of nature, while exercising priestly, episcopal or papal ministry.
1. "Identify your own mission and purpose to which you want to dedicate your life." PLUS 2. Hit or putty: a checklist.
"(…) you have the power to change any area of your life for the better. So where is this power? And how can you use it? We all know that to achieve new results, you need to take new action. But we need to understand that at the heart of every action is a decision. The power of decision is therefore the power of change." (A. Robbins)
Things don't work out right away, sometimes we have to be persistent, sometimes it takes effort and hard work to make plans and dreams come true. This applies, for example, to learning a foreign language: anyone who has prepared for the C2 exam knows how much effort and time is required.
Discovering your mission can be one of the most important events in your life, whether you do the mission during your work or leisure time, or in micro-retirement (which the aforementioned author, T. Ferriss, writes about). What is a mission? For me, it is something that gives a deeper meaning to life, it is a kind of vocation, something that makes us happy because we give the best of ourselves to other people.
I have never doubted the existence of God; I believe that God created man in HIS image and likeness, created man out of love and called him to live in harmony with God. Belief in God and HIS love for man is a grace that I have experienced throughout my life.
Let me start with a quote from A. Robbins' book "Notes from a Friend" (my copy of the book is in Polish). Here is that quote: "I also kept reminding myself that I needed to focus on what I wanted to achieve, to focus on solutions rather than problems."
"The first step on the road to changing your life is to get rid of the negative belief that you have no influence on the situation in which you find yourself, that you are helpless."
"When a teenager enrolls in a drama club class, for example, he steps outside his comfort zone, takes risks, limits his control, and begins the process, often without knowing the outcome. Additionally, he starts to build social relationships with other kids, learns attentiveness, co-responsibility, closeness. That when he is part of a team, what happens between people becomes most important, not his individual goals.
"Vzdělávání by měli zastupovat odborníci." (This post is written in English and Czech) In "Psychologia nastolatka" ("Adolescent Psychology") (no. 4/2022, page 77, the magazine is in Polish) we can read the following passage: "(…) education should be represented by experts who understand the psychological mechanisms and neurobiological processes of young people. Of course this knowledge … Continue reading “Education should be represented by experts.” (Zdzisław Hofman)
The quote in the title of this post comes from page 101 of Carmine Gallo's book "The Storyteller's Secret" (I have my copy in Polish). One can think how to use the knowledge about storytelling (contained e.g. in the above-mentioned book) in the activities of authors, bloggers, but also all who want to educate the audience in some way.
"Almost all the changes we want to make in our lives fall into two categories: either we want to change the way we feel (…) or we want to change our own actions." This quote comes from Anthony Robbins' book 'Letters to a Friend'.
"Remember: data provides information and stories allow you to educate, to breathe soul into the data..." (Carmine Gallo, The Storyteller's Secret)
Principles and tips that affect your results (from point 17 to 20; in the ebook there are 40 points). Načela in nasveti, ki vplivajo na vaše rezultate (od točke 17 do 20; v e-knjigi je 40 točk).
I encourage you to read this post carefully: it could be the start of your transformation, as I comment on the important words of Anthony Robbins from his book 'Letters to a Friend'.
There are limiting beliefs and supporting beliefs. Supportive beliefs reassure us that we can achieve what we strive for. Limiting beliefs sabotage our efforts. Most often they are related to past experiences that have affected our self-esteem.
A lot of things depends on our dreams, we achieve what we dream of, or we are afraid to dream and consequently our achievements are small. This post is to encourage you to dream. As I often write: dare to live, dare to dream.
The Eucharist is called the "sacrament of love" by St Thomas Aquinas. Why?
"Using our strengths is far more lucrative and enjoyable than trying to fix all the cracks in our armour. We have a choice between multiplying our results by using our strengths and making tiny progress against our weaknesses. These advances will at best allow us to achieve mediocrity in a given field."
Today I want to OFFER you a way in which you can get MY EBOOK in three languages at NO COST (!). And it's all free, and if you find after reading my ebook that it is valuable, then you can pay me 1 dollar or 1 euro to my bank account.
Jesus said: "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. The bread that I will give is my body, given for the life of the world."
I want to share my personal reflection from my book. Read the quote below and find out how I know when I have achieved success.
I really believe that my short book "Dare to live" can help you if you treat it as a personal development tool. It resembles a handbook.
"Skup się na byciu produktywnym, a nie na byciu zajętym." (T. Ferriss) Focusing on the goal is important. Do you have something important to do? Then just do it! Don't procrastinate. Don't put off what's really important until later. And you have to be focused on being productive, learn to be productive. Ważne jest skupienie … Continue reading “Focus on being productive, not busy.” (T. Ferriss)
Języki obce - niektórzy z nas lubią się ich uczyć, inni nie. Ja należę do tej pierwszej grupy. W 2014 r. zmotywowałam się do osiągnięcia poziomu C2 z języka angielskiego. I udało się, ESOL Cambridge przyznał mi certyfikat znajomości języka na poziomie C2.
Learn new foreign languages and open yourself up to new opportunities. (this post is written in two languages: English and Slovak)
"What is the opposite of happiness? Sadness? No." (comments on what T. Ferriss writes about happiness)
Lori Greiner (you can read about her here: https://lorigreiner.com/about-lori/) in her book entitled "Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!" gives a checklist to check when you are planning to launch a new product. She lists more than ten points (factors) that affect the success of a product.
Personally, I think that one of the most obvious evidences for the existence of God is the existence of man and nature. In my opinion, SOMEONE had to give a beginning to the universe, nature and man. Nothing happens by itself. As the Holy Scriptures says "From the beauty of the creatures one recognizes the Creator"
In John Mason's book "Know Your Limits - Then Ignore Them" there is the following paragraph on action, success and entrepreneurship:
In today's post I want to comment on a quote from a book I am currently reading, "The 4-Hour Workweek", the author is Timothy Ferriss. Maybe this post will help you look at your life differently and change things for the better?
"I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!" Is that what I can say to myself too? Is that what I want? No, that is not what I want. Things accumulated can never keep us safe. It may … Continue reading “I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!” (from The GOSPEL according to Luke, chapter 12)
"En última instancia, la gente sólo se divide en dos categorías…" (This short post is in English and Spanish) "Ultimately, people fall into only two categories: those who say to God 'thy will be done' and those to whom God will say at the end: 'thy will be done'."(Clive Staples Lewis) "En última instancia, las … Continue reading “Ultimately, people only fall into two categories…”