1. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch
Have you always wanted to get involved with a certain organization, learn how to cook, play an instrument, learn a new language or try out a new sport?
What’s stopping you?? Just do it! With the start of a new month, it’s the perfect time to step out of our comfort zone and try out new things. You don’t really have anything to lose but everything to gain!
Think of it this way, the worst thing that can happen is that you find out that maybe playing the guitar isn’t for you or that you suck at cooking but hey at least, you can say you tried! Like they say, “You never know until you try.” Because the best case scenario is that you discover that you aren’t only good at something but you’re also passionate about it.
2. “We become what we repeatedly do.” –Sean Covey
A lot of the greatest things in life take time, and one of the key things to achieving our goals is by cultivating good habits. And the start of the month is the perfect time to try building these habits.
It doesn’t have to be such a radical change; it can be as simple as reflecting at the end of each day, waking up earlier, exercising more or spending time reading every night. At the start, it may feel a bit weird but give it a week and you won’t just be seeing positive results, but you’ll be feeling a lot better as well!
3. “Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday” – Steve Jobs
We all have our regrets, and often times, we have a hard time letting go of the past. But seriously, what good does it do dwelling in the past? Yes, learn from the past and keep moving forward. Whether your July was great or not, it doesn’t matter now. We’re in a new month, in a clean slate with a chance to create new memories.
No use worrying about mistakes or failures in the past. As long as there is a tomorrow, there is a chance for something even better to happen and often times, our outlook plays a huge factor in this. And who knows, give it a few months or a year and what you may have been worrying about may either seem so trivial or may actually have a reason behind the madness.
4. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali
In a world, where people are always looking forward to the next thing, moving from thing to the next, anxiously anticipating certain events, it’s hard not to count the days. Personally, even I have a tendency to count the days and worry about whether I’m spending my day right. And this is where the problem lies. We’re so often caught up worrying about how we spend our days or how our day is going to turn out that we end up not doing anything.
Then you suddenly realize that what really matters isn’t how many days remain before a certain something or how close our big event may be because we can’t really slow down time; What matters is that we make the most out of each day no matter the circumstance.
5. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Talking about making the days count, Mahatma Gandhi put it perfectly in his quote on why we should be constantly learning no matter what. Every single day is a chance to learn something new. Knowledge is power, and you never really know when you’ll need what you learn.
It’s hard to predict our tomorrow or what our life will be like a year from now. So many things can happen, and it’s nice to take each day as it is, to appreciate every fleeting moment, and cherish all the memories. This way, you won’t have any regrets.
Personally, July was an incredible month filled with countless of memories, and I’m thankful for that. But we’re now in August, and we all have a chance to try out new things, build better habits, invent tomorrow, make the days count, live as if we were to die tomorrow and learn as if we were to live forever.