Ideas | 15 Things to Give Up if You Want to Be Happy

Source: Quotespaper on Tumblr
Source: Quotespaper on Tumblr

So, I saw this image and its quotes while I was working on a Tumblr blog I manage for a self-published author, and I found the content compelling enough to re-type–because even with my 20/20 sight it was difficult to clearly read–to share with my readers. Because (like I added to the image when I reblogged it at the link above) if you’re going to give up at all, here’s the checklist. So, get to it!

1) Give up your need to be right.
“Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” – Wayne Dyer

2) Give up your need for control.
“By letting it go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. When you try and try, the world is beyond winning.” – Lao Tzu

3) Give up on blaming others.
“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” – John Burroughs

4) Give up your self-defeating self-talk.
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” – Eckhart Tolle

5) Give up your limiting beliefs.
“A belief is not an idea held by the mind; it is an idea that holds the mind.” – Elly Roselle

6) Give up complaining.
“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Ziggy

7) Give up the luxury of criticism.
“Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.” – Christian D. Larson

8) Give up your need to impress others.
“Don’t try to impress others. Let them have the fun of impressing you.” – James R. Fisher, Jr.

9) Give up your resistance to change.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

10) Give up labels.
“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” – Wayne Dyer

11) Give up on your fears.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

12) Give up your excuses.
“99% of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver

13) Give up the past.
“Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.” – Christian D. Larson

14) Give up attachment.
“The wise individual doesn’t get too attached to any of life’s pleasures, knowing that wonderful science is hard at work proving it’s bad for him.” – Bill Vaughan

15) Give up living your life to other people’s expectations.
“The world is a mirror and reflects back your expectations. What you get is what you see. You create your own reality.” – Denis Waitley

Though the content of the message is slightly different and there are less points to the list, the originating source is listed as an April 2012 post to World Observer Online. It looks like the content in the image was reconfigured for better mass consumption, but the intent of the message hasn’t changed. Don’t give up until you’ve given up negativity first.



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