We find it very difficult to break away from whatever we have been believing in. We have been put in a certain mould; it could be about your personality, your choices, your preferences, your habits and so on. It’s quite possible that some of the things you were made to believe about yourself may be incorrect but just because your teachers, friends, relatives and even your own family have made those assessments; you have started believing in them.
The result is that at times our capabilities get needlessly limited or underplayed and some of our traits are unnecessarily exaggerated. It is high time that we took a step back to carry out an honest self assessment and see where we stand. It’s quite likely that we may discover some hidden strengths and pleasantly surprise ourselves with some really good qualities that we possess. ~Latika Teotia
The best way to assess yourself is by focusing on qualities that lie within your control and not dependent on external factors. You can’t control what happens at your job place or on the marital front or how your friends behave or how your family treats you but you can most certainly be in control of your own thoughts, behaviour, attitude, outlook, approach, feelings, mind-set and so on. Recognize the difference between these two and once you are aware of yourself nothing can shake your self esteem or disturb your peace.
We have been so conditioned that we are just not able to look beyond our immediate surroundings; same goes for our lives as well, we tend to be so caught up with our daily routine that we don’t see what lies ahead and plan properly for the future. The result- we miss the larger picture and just go through life like robots. It’s high time that you learnt to look around, there’s so much to see and enjoy. Learn to appreciate nature and what God has given you. When we were born as human beings one of the gifts given to us was the gift of appreciation- something which was denied to the animal kingdom. So look up, look around and you’ll realise that life and this world have much more to offer than what you were noticing. ~Latika Teotia
I am content with my life and the journey so far. God has been kind, He has taught me to count my Blessings and, as far as possible, . Who doesn’t have problems? Life’s journey is full of ups and downs- no one is an exception. How you handle yourself when life throws a punch at you and how grateful you are when you are riding on a high is what matters.
Learn lessons from everything- including, and especially, adversity. Notice those beautiful moments, learn to enjoy a beautiful sunrise with a cup of freshly brewed coffee sitting on the patio or the music of the birds chirping in your backyard or the flight of birds on a clear cloudless day when all is still or the hug of a close friend. Learn to open up and notice things around you. Miracles are happening all around you. Reach out to those in need. If you can be of some help to even one person or if you can make a difference in the life of someone you are living a soulful life.
Never treat failure as final and don’t think that it’s the end of the road. Take lessons from it and learn. Failure is also a step towards success- provided you take it in the right spirit. Instead of brooding over what’s happened and losing sleep as well as peace of mind, learn to rise and come out even better.
You will have setbacks; that’s a part of life. It could be death of a close one, a mishap, a rejection, a breakup and so on; these are mere distraction or interruptions nothing more. Take them as just a small deviation from your chosen path; and don’t give up or give in.
This world is replete with examples of people who have risen from repeated failures or started very late in life. The one thing that is common in all such cases is, they had the desire to succeed and just refused to give up or give in. So have the will to rise and the courage to face all situations. ~Latika Teotia
Brooding over failures as well as depressing events of the past have a negative and crippling effect on our future because it prevents us from moving forward. So, make a conscious decision to not give any energy to it. Playing the victim only harms you, stop doing that, instead make a new beginning. ~Latika Teotia
If you get influenced by opinions and criticisms of others and start living accordingly then you have somewhere lost your identity. Though you may achieve a lot of success, appreciation and temporary happiness but it won’t last a long time; your soul will demand to be its original self. Don’t you think it’s better to live according to your own values and beliefs rather than being a copy paste or live a life what others want you to? It may not look that appealing from outside but it won’t haunt your soul. Yes you can work doubly hard to make an improvement and be what you admire. So be the best of yourself and always live according to your values and beliefs. ~Latika Teotia
When stuck in grim situations you have two very clear choices- either search for solutions or make excuses. What becomes of you thereafter is entirely of your own making. Life is not fair and will throw unexpected punches at you; it’ll shock you once in a while and knock your breath out with solid blows; how you react is entirely up to you. You must not remain lying flat on the ground, because you are not defeated when you get knocked out, but you are, when you refuse to get up. So get up and accept life’s challenges. Not only will you succeed but you will also be confident of facing all situations in future.
There are days in our lives when nothing seems to be going right and we get so dejected that we just want to give up. No amount of coaxing, cajoling or self motivation seems to work. Nothing seems to inspire us. It seems that the very air has gone out of our balloon and we sit there deflated, depressed and crestfallen. Don’t fret; such things do happen.
Such moments should be taken in our stride; utilize this time to recount your achievements and also to plan ahead. Before you know, such moments or days will pass and the sun will shine brightly once again. ~Latika Teotia
Every achievement, disappointment, up, down, calamity, misfortune, oversight, betrayal, adversity teaches us lessons. The important thing is learning, evolving and doing better for ourselves as well as the people we are living for. It’s okay to commit mistakes, to fail, to fall, to fumble and tumble but it’s not okay not to learn or to repeat the same mistakes. ~Latika Teotia