By Lisa Shumate
Guidance for Young Adults
There are more than 45 million men and women in their 20’s, trying to figure out this important phase of their lives. Striking out on their own for the first time, they face a period of self-discovery and self-doubt. In “Always and Never,” Lisa Shumate shares timeless advice that will always matter.
Practicing these 20 truths will build a strong foundation for the future, and set a high standard for your life and relationships. This book and companion journal will help guide, inform, and inspire you to realize your dreams and potential.
Everybody seeks happiness in life, but few of us ever get to experience it in its purest form. Lisa Shumate is one of the leading experts in the field of lifestyle improvement and the pursuit of happiness, and her advice for a happier life will change everything for you.
How can I train my mind to be positive?
Everything begins with a process of self-knowledge. Positivity isn’t something you have, but rather something you earn with time. At its core, positivity draws its strength from confidence and self-esteem. The more confident you are in your capabilities to overcome all obstacles, the more optimistic you will become with regards to your chances of success in life.
To get there, you need to learn how to train your brain to visualize success as the only realistic goal. If you can’t comprehend failure, everything you will do from that point on will be just another step towards success; including failing. And it is this ability to recollect yourself after falling that will turn you into a successful individual in life.
What is an optimistic person like?
The optimist is the risk-taker – the individual who does not understand failure the way a pessimist does. For an optimist, success is a ladder, with each failure representing, paradoxically, one step up the ladder. That’s because optimists take risks, fail, learn from their mistakes, and improve their approaches next time. Optimists will soon learn the art of self-improvement, which is something a pessimist will never do, simply because pessimists avoid taking risks.
The secret to becoming an optimist begins with envisioning your goals. As Lisa Shumate will teach you, there are ways to train your brain and trick it into seeing the glass half full in every situation, no matter how desperate. Studies have shown that the human mind cannot differentiate, at a conceptual level, between what happens and what we imagine or wish to happen. It goes to show that we alone build our reality and, so long as we delude ourselves with the prospect of happiness, happiness will become real.
How do I become happy?
You first start with understanding the thoughts and emotions that define you. Happiness is a state of mind; not something you get from the outside, but rather something you achieve from within yourself. This is why so many people are happy and content in situations that seem desperate to others. It is the main reason why some people claim that money doesn’t bring happiness. Everybody defines the concept of happiness differently, according to their own vision of themselves and the world around them.
To become happy, you must first rewire your view of the world, change your mindset, and slowly overcome your fears and anguishes. Van Gogh once said, “I dream my paintings, and then I pain what I dream,” and that’s probably the best advice for a happier life that you can get.
Lisa Shumate will teach you how to take your dreams and turn them into reality. Your own reality, which will soon change the world around you.