You have GOT to do this one thing

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If you want to find success and fulfilment in money, life, love, and the world we all live in, then this is the one thing you have GOT to do.

You have GOT to love your life. You have to love yourself and love the life you are living. So if you aren't loving your life right in this very moment, it isn't getting to somewhere else that is going to change things. If you think you are waiting for success and fulfilment to come to you, after which you will then be in love with your life, then you've got the process backwards! Love your life FIRST then all else will fall into place.

So if you aren't loving your life first, if all you can see around you is things you don't like, relationships you aren't happy with, financial situation that has you stressed, or whatever circumstance you're in that isn't where you want to be, then yes take steps towards changing that. But you should make your #1 goal to be in love with your life. This is the rising tide that will raise all the other boats in your life.

Once you are in love with your life, that's when you get all the momentum going in your favor. And guess what, mind warriors - you absolutely do NOT NEED to be super wealthy and financially independent to be in love with your life. But being in love with your life WILL lead you to the well being that you're spending your time chasing after.

So get with the program and LOVE YOUR LIFE.

Eric
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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Chandran
    You are right... but doing it is difficult. Especially if your life sucks.
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    • Profile picture of the author HypnotistJimmyG
      Arun...

      You missed the point of the post.

      YOU have the power to love your life, no one else.
      Once you make the decision to do that, life WILL love you back.

      As long as you believe your life "sucks" then it will continue to suck.

      You get what you believe... that's how life works.
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    • Profile picture of the author smonline
      Originally Posted by Arun Chandran View Post

      You are right... but doing it is difficult. Especially if your life sucks.
      Self love is about having the belief to see things happening to you from a positive angle. It is having the strength of mind that you have ability to navigate all the ups and downs in life and business.

      When you love yourself and your life, you will tend to focus more on the options available to you to make constructive change, which will progress you much faster towards what you want.

      Even if your life sucks, you can always put a different (positive) perspective on things. Not easy, but when you practice it again and again, it will seem more and more natural for you to look at things from a positive perspective.

      I agree with OP. Great post.
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    • Profile picture of the author dad2four
      Originally Posted by Arun Chandran View Post

      You are right... but doing it is difficult. Especially if your life sucks.
      Arun

      If you are breathing be grateful you are alive. Do you have vision? Your sense of smell? Does food taste good? Access to clean drinkig water? Air to breathe? Can you go for a walk? Things like these are the basics and are most likely avail to you.

      Move out from there.

      Does someone love you? Do you love someone?

      Do you have dreams to chase? Passions to express?

      There is always something to be grateful for. You can bet that individuals that have it far worse than you would be thrilled with your life.

      Focus on the the positive and work to improve the rest.

      Sometimes its tough and you will have good and bad days but with practice you will learn to appreciate more and more and make changes to improve the rest.

      Have a great day.

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    • Profile picture of the author Eric D Greene
      Originally Posted by Arun Chandran View Post

      You are right... but doing it is difficult. Especially if your life sucks.
      Hi Arun, if doing it is difficult for you then take a look at everything in your life that you have in your control, and start making some changes. We all have options and choices that we know we could make which will help make our lives more enjoyable. So if you have trouble making the right choices, you might want to take a deep dive and explore why you are doing that to yourself. Is there some self-sabotage going on? Maybe a little therapy or exercise will help.

      I don't know your situation, but I am suggesting that you have the power to change things. In fact, you have the power to change everything! That's the mental shift you've got to understand. Your life is in your control. Don't give away that control to anyone else!
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      • Profile picture of the author Arun Chandran
        Hello everybody.

        Thanks for all the comments but I was just saying that it's difficult to be positive when things are not going right for you.

        It's just a fact. I didn't say that my life sucked.

        If you're sick, broke and stupid and you love your life... something is wrong somewhere. You can be grateful for what you have but you don't need to love your current situation in life.
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  • Profile picture of the author katja
    I think this is absolutely true. Love is the most powerful emotion in the world. We will fight harder for something we love than anything else.Think about a mother protecting her child from danger, if you question the power of love....she'll literally die to protect her child. If you really hate your life, you might fight really hard to change your situation if you have a great deal of willpower, but there's an equally good chance that you will fall into a state of apathy and just give up because hate has a way of just sucking all the energy out of you. However, if you really love your life, you will do anything and everything in your power to protect it and not risk losing it. Love truly gives us crazy powerful positive energy like nothing else in this world.
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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    Great post.

    I believe that loving your life comes second. First you need to love yourself. Having great self esteem and confidence will help you in tackling all the challenges that life throws at you with ease.

    Cheers,

    C.G.
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  • Profile picture of the author mspillman
    Absolutely. If you love yourself then your life will be what it will be and it won't really matter. By learning to love WHO YOU ARE, "life" is what you make it and you are happy with it.

    Sure, it will also "open up" the creative mindset that will allow you to "create" whatever life you desire.

    There are many that some look at with envy, thinking that they "have it all" when, in fact, many of the people in this category are absolutely miserable

    On the other hand, happiness/satisfaction/contentment comes from inside and the peace that comes from being happy with and loving who you are.
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  • Profile picture of the author SDsurfer
    How true. Loving your life brings about confidence, and confidence is what attracts others to you. Even online where we are so distant compared to face-to-face interactions, confidence is king. People can feel it through their screens, and they won't trust people that aren't confident. It's like good soul food. You can mix together all the right ingredients, but if you don't LOVE making the food, it doesn't taste the same. You can honestly taste the LOVE. That's what makes it soul food!
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  • Profile picture of the author mrdeflation
    being grateful and your life sucking are TOTALLY 2 different things
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  • I definitely agree. Loving your life is a choice. Being happy is a choice. You can have the best luck in the world but if you don't love your life, you'll never be happy. You'll never feel successful. It will never feel worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    Take it this way.

    Hating your life is a consequence of other things. These may be depression, bipolar disorder, stress, etc.

    You wouldn't ask someone with a broken leg to work in a mine. Then you shouldn't ask yourself to do things that you are too hurt to do, even if that pain is emotional.

    Focus on fixing yourself and what is wrong, emotionally, physically, mentally. This may mean anything from carrying a conversation with your parents for what they screwed up to taking Valium.

    Then once you are OK, get to work.
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric D Greene
      Originally Posted by RogozRazvan View Post

      Hating your life is a consequence of other things. These may be depression, bipolar disorder, stress, etc.
      No. Hating your life is a choice. We hate our life when we decide to go into victim mode. To get to a place of loving your life has nothing to do with circumstances. Look at Robin Williams. By outer perceptions, he had it all. Wealth, adoring fans, beautiful home and family. Yet he was so miserable and unhappy INSIDE that he ended his own life.

      What is needed is a shift within. To make the decision to strengthen your mind and your state of being.

      Change the inner FIRST and everything else falls into place.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    Right.

    Hating your life is NOT a choice unless you can prove it otherwise. It is a consequence of poor self-esteem. Poor self-esteem is a consequence of many things ranging from self-image to abusive childhood.

    You've got the mind of matter type of mindset. That's alright. We can agree to disagree.

    But I'm a bit more pragmatic. I understand that what we feel at any given time is more a consequence of our chemical balance, our environment and our programming than a real choice.

    Tell someone who is suffering from an intense anxiety attack NOT to suffer from it. Tell the person who is sad not to be sad because it is her choice not to be sad. Yes, it will agree. In the end, we are all as happy as we make it to be.

    But saying that it is only a choice is a very dangerous assumption and advice. It is not all mind over matter. It is also emotional / physical health over psychological states.
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric D Greene
      Originally Posted by RogozRazvan View Post

      Right.

      Hating your life is NOT a choice unless you can prove it otherwise. It is a consequence of poor self-esteem. Poor self-esteem is a consequence of many things ranging from self-image to abusive childhood.

      You've got the mind of matter type of mindset. That's alright. We can agree to disagree.

      But I'm a bit more pragmatic. I understand that what we feel at any given time is more a consequence of our chemical balance, our environment and our programming than a real choice.

      Tell someone who is suffering from an intense anxiety attack NOT to suffer from it. Tell the person who is sad not to be sad because it is her choice not to be sad. Yes, it will agree. In the end, we are all as happy as we make it to be.

      But saying that it is only a choice is a very dangerous assumption and advice. It is not all mind over matter. It is also emotional / physical health over psychological states.
      Here's the way I see it. We're both right. It's like the saying 'Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right'. It's all about the attitude and perspective we have. Ultimately, there isn't a right or wrong way to go about it.

      You mentioned having an anxiety attack or about being sad. That's different from hating your life though. So maybe you didn't choose to have the chemical imbalance or the anxiety, or to grow up in a stifling environment. And maybe you didn't choose to have certain events happen to you. But what you can choose is the bigger picture perspective you have towards those circumstances. No?

      We can always choose a more empowering belief system. Or we can choose to sulk and hate our life and complain about the things that happened to us. The only problem with hating and complaining is, it just doesn't get you anywhere. It doesn't get you out of that depressing, miserable state of mind. The way out of that depression is not to wait until circumstances get better, but to change your attitude towards the circumstances.

      What's more, I believe that changing your attitude actually changes your circumstances and your reality. That's where the magic of the universe happens. I see us all as bundles of conscious (and half-conscious) energy vortexes, living in some kind of co-creative feedback loop. The unconscious part sees no choice. The conscious side actually ONLY sees choices.

      You wrote "saying that it is only a choice is a very dangerous assumption and advice", but I would argue that advising that there isn't a choice is what's dangerous. I think that anyone suffering from a depressed state of mind or hating their life, needs to know that a better way IS possible. And to know that the only thing that needs to be worked on is the mind, I see as extremely empowering.

      I appreciate the discussion and the opportunity to toss ideas about!
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  • Profile picture of the author DWaters
    Great comments on this thread. Yes - loving yourself and loving the life that you have are two very important things. As the Law of Attraction teaches us - having the Attitude of Gratitude will lead you to having a better life everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author dlinq
    Living a life with out mean is were we tend to get stuck. The hard part is finding that meaning that is important for you and realizing that it is giving you completeness in all matters. Look to no one to answer these question other than yourself. Do not let your emotions lead you astray stick. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    Eric, I consider your approach to be dangerous from a single reason.

    Some people actually need help. I've seen many cases. They don't need to read Napoleon Hill. They need to fix their lifestyle, their eating, to stop their abuses and to get professional help. Self-help is not a replacement for actual professional emotional health help.

    Re-framing sometimes works. Most of the time it doesn't. Why? Because we are human.

    I am happy when things go well for me and sad when they doesn't. This is the way my brain works. Sometimes when I am so unhappy, I try to find a reason for why I am this way and I learn some lessons. And then I am happy.

    But I don't rely on re-framing so much. It is a one trick pony in the end.

    Let me give you an example. I am supposed to be on a tropical island right now. At least that's what the travel agency told me. Yesterday night I went out to get a drink. It was freezing cold. This is considered one of the warmest places on Earth. So this morning I woke up with an headache, a very low energy and a sore nose.

    And yes, my first thought was ...

    "I ******* hate this morning".

    Would thinking positive about this actually help me in any way? No. I've simply took action. Took a hot shower, went out, ate, drank a hot coffee and now I'm sitting on the porch writing this, because the air in the room may be full of germs.

    Some people, especially the law of attraction bunch may simply said "I will visualize how now I am healthy". I've decided to actually make myself healthy.

    Plus, the entire attitude thing creates incompetent idiots in the marketplace. I know a lot of people who have attitude but can't deliver any results. To have attitude is one thing. To have the skills to back up that attitude in a manner that you can win is another. Too many people think themselves are very good when in reality, they are not.

    And they write checks that they can't cash.

    As I've said, my personal view is that our psychological state is determined by our bio-chemistry and the brain is usually in a state of reaction towards the events around us. The fastest way to NOT hate your life (or instead of using a negation, TO LOVE YOUR LIFE) is to tweak that balance towards your advantage. Good food, exercise, the right people around you, a lot of sunlight, laugh, cry, feel alive.

    And the logical flaw, at least in how I see it, in your argument is that you say there is a better way available. I know that. There always is a better way. But the brain doesn't work this way. When you are depressed, it is locked on everything that is bad. It is like a closed operating system and it doesn't want to open that folder called "Good things". So asking a depressed person to see the better things in life is like asking a child who doesn't know what the color blue is to point it to you on a board.

    It is more on the romantic, philosophical side, on how "things should be" than how "things are".

    I don't think happiness is a choice. I don't think that suffering is a choice. I personally believe both are consequences of our environment and of the way our brain is functioning. This doesn't negate personal responsibility though. They are not a choice but no one forces you to watch TV instead of going to the gym. Or not to eat that Big Mac and instead eat that salad.

    And my pragmatic way of seeing things is because I'm an atheist. I don't believe in destiny. I don't believe in things supposed to happen. Things just happen as the consequences of causes set in motion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Chandran
    I clicked on Eric's link just to see who he was. I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting one of those self-help gurus who are all overly hyped up on positive energy... but...

    Eric seems nice. He's got a pleasant face, a cute son and a story on his blog about his battle against alcoholism. The guy does art, photography and genuinely seems to want to help people.

    He's a good guy.

    Hello Eric!
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric D Greene
    Hi Arun, thank you for the great compliments! I really appreciate that.
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  • Profile picture of the author AwanR
    What I practice daily for loving my life is gratitude.
    I found out that with gratitude, more good come to my life.
    Then I become much calmer and less stress.

    Cheers,
    Awan
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  • Profile picture of the author JimsonWright
    I agree with this. You got to love your life and yourself first. You're not doing the things you are doing now to love yourself, it should be the other way around. I believe that loving yourself is important because at the end of the date, you only have yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bhekizwe
    Love yourself and love others(empathy).its really one of those amazing experiences as human beings,
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  • Profile picture of the author anshuljain
    Originally Posted by Eric D Greene View Post

    So if you aren't loving your life first, if all you can see around you is things you don't like, relationships you aren't happy with, financial situation that has you stressed, or whatever circumstance you're in that isn't where you want to be, then yes take steps towards changing that. But you should make your #1 goal to be in love with your life. This is the rising tide that will raise all the other boats in your life.
    Eric
    I concur.This is one life you have got and if you are unhappy with it then take steps to change it.Period.
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    • Profile picture of the author AliceDesigns
      I'm not perfect, but I love myself, my pros and cons, I'm trying to understand and accept my world, hope that is a good way
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    A great book on this topic is called "Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It" by Kamal Ravicant.
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  • Brilliant!
    So true though....If you don't love your life, you will get back in turn what you put out.
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  • Profile picture of the author gr8money
    "If you want to find success and fulfilment in money, life, love, and the world we all live in, then this is the one thing you have GOT to do.

    You have GOT to love your life. You have to love yourself and love the life you are living. So if you aren't loving your life right in this very moment, it isn't getting to somewhere else that is going to change things. If you think you are waiting for success and fulfilment to come to you, after which you will then be in love with your life, then you've got the process backwards! Love your life FIRST then all else will fall into place.

    So if you aren't loving your life first, if all you can see around you is things you don't like, relationships you aren't happy with, financial situation that has you stressed, or whatever circumstance you're in that isn't where you want to be, then yes take steps towards changing that. But you should make your #1 goal to be in love with your life. This is the rising tide that will raise all the other boats in your life.

    Once you are in love with your life, that's when you get all the momentum going in your favor. And guess what, mind warriors - you absolutely do NOT NEED to be super wealthy and financially independent to be in love with your life. But being in love with your life WILL lead you to the well being that you're spending your time chasing after.

    So get with the program and LOVE YOUR LIFE.

    Eric"


    OMG if a person were to read only the above words his whole life for inspiration, then it would be enough. Seriously amazing words. You spoke to my soul.
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  • Profile picture of the author HRDFarris
    This is easier said than done. If you see that your life is going downhill its get tough to actually love your life first. But yes, I agree you have to love your life and yourself first. If you can't love your life, how can you love other things? This is basically how everything begins with ourselves
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