About half a year ago, I packed up all of my belongings and drove away from everything that I know. I resettled halfway across America in the Midwest without any family or friends. And boy, have I learned a lot. Here are 7 lessons a Southern boy learned moving out West 6 months ago. And shout-out to my cousin, Herstun for the prompt. You can check her lessons out here.
Lesson 1: Control your mind.
- 1. Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies by thinking that we’re not ready or capable of achieving something we’ve set forth for ourselves. The mind is a terrible thing to let go to waste, but it is even more appalling when you use your mind against yourself! If you think it, you can achieve it… point-blank, PERIOD!
Lesson 2: Intuition is everything.
- 2. Follow your gut instinct. If you get this eerie feeling in your stomach, you should definitely pay it some attention. Most times intuition is spot on and can save you from having internal conflicts with yourself. Conversations like “I should’ve gone with my gut instinct” can be avoided if you just go with your gut instinct. Even if you’re instinct was wrong, you live and you learn right?
Lesson 3: Have faith. Be disciplined.
- 3. Giving up means you lack faith or discipline. Quitters never win and winners never quit! If you really want something bad enough, you will do what it takes to get it. Sometimes we go through hard times and tribulations to prepare us for the good times. Sacrifices have to be made sometimes… that’s just like the adage, ”you have to spend some money to make some money.” Sometimes you have to sacrifice more than you intended and reap the benefits in the long run. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
Lesson 4: The bottom ain’t bad.
- 4. Hitting rock bottom allows you to become more grounded, it can only get better right? You learn lessons at rock bottom that you would never learn otherwise. Hitting rock bottom causes you to humble yourself and possibly take chances that you wouldn’t usually. After
allyou’re at rock bottom, and there’s no wherebut up from the bottom! Embrace the bottom momentarily and do what you need to do to never be in such a predicament or place again.
Lesson 5: Write your goals down.
- 5. You’re in charge of how bad you want your goals. No one can tell you how bad you want to be successful, but you. You are entirely in charge of doing what it takes to reach whatever has striving! People can give you advice and even some assistance along the way, but it is ultimately up to you to do what needs to be done! Do you want to achieve your goals bad enough to do what it takes to achieve them? Don’t talk about it, be about it!
Lesson 6: That j-o-b matters.
- 6. You can replace a job just like they can replace you. Don’t stay anywhere you’re unhappy because 9 times out of 10 there is another employer wishing someone like you would apply. The day we start treating employers like they treat us will be the day that everyone will have a job that they like, and employers would hire people they know are truly fit for the job. One thing I have learned from Donald Trump is to apply for jobs that I don’t technically qualify for, I will never have a shot at winning if I don’t put myself in the running. Ultimately, money can’t buy happiness. I would much rather take a job where I’m comfortable with the pay and can be the authentic me than a job that pays more and costs authenticity.
Lesson 7: Stay Positive.
- 7. The more you go through, the more you learn. Look at the positive side of everything and focus on what you can change instead of what you can’t. If you choose to stay positive despite whatever is going on around you, your mind will be in a much better place than focusing on the negative. You can control your mind regardless of what the case may be. Stay positive and watch how everything around you changes, even when you’re “going through it”. The hell with positive vibes;
havea positive lifestyle!