"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 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.
"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."
“Never complain, never explain. Resist the temptation to defend yourself or make excuses.” ― Brian Tracy
"(…) 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.
"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."