The Right Way to Ask “Am I Doing the Right Thing?”

Let's face it: life can feel like it's unraveling at times. Perhaps you've recently lost your job, your marriage has ended, or you failed an exam, and you're now feeling helpless and defeated. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm,” Winston Churchill once said.

Today, I'd like to remind you that, despite the fact that you may feel like a failure, you are not. Here are 15 signs that you are doing well in life even if you don't believe it!

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1. You've lived and learned a lot

Nobody said life was easy, and while the bumps in the road are unpleasant, the journey is unquestionably worthwhile. Consider your failures and defeats. You must understand that everything happened for a reason and was part of a larger plan. Each adversity has brought you to this point, and each trial has shaped you into the magnificent, resilient person that you are. Continue to move forward in faith, hope, and love, knowing that each experience has taught you everything you need to know to become the person you were born to be.

2. You have a comfortable bed to sleep in I'll never forget an interview I heard on NPR a few years ago

A young Haitian mother shared her experience. She had small children who were constantly wondering when they would be able to eat and go to school like the other kids. What struck me the most about this story was their sleeping arrangements: they all slept on the dirt floor, and if it rained at night, everyone had to get up, grab whatever remained of their “bed,” and move to a dry spot. This story made me appreciate my bed in a whole new way, and I hope it does the same for you!

3. You strive to improve

The fact that you are disappointed because you have not achieved your goals demonstrates that you are making an effort. In the grand scheme of things, you should always strive to be better, and as long as you do, happiness, success, and love will follow – just don't give up. “It's not that I'm so smart; it's that I stay with problems longer,” Einstein once said. Keep going and never stop striving to be the best you that you can be!

4. You work/had a job

Whatever way you look at it, this is a win-win situation for you. Congratulations if you have a job! Continue to work hard and know that you are richly blessed. Don't be concerned if you recently lost your job! You've had a job before, and you can get one again. Perhaps this is the chance you've been looking for to do something you truly enjoy. Keep looking, keep hoping, and remember that if you work hard and believe in yourself, you can achieve the seemingly impossible.

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5. You have access to a wealth of information

You can now learn anything and everything you want in this day and age. You truly have access to a wealth of information! Because knowledge is power, seize it and use it to help you achieve your goals. Make the most of all “learning” opportunities that come your way.

6. You've got food to eat

Sometimes a little bit too much! Food is such an underappreciated blessing, but when you go without it for a few hours, you realize how important it is. Take the time to savor your next meal, whatever it may be, and remind yourself that happiness can be found in the simplest of things, such as eating a piece of pie.

7. You have the ability to choose

“Excellence is never an accident,” Aristotle once said. It is always the result of sincere effort and intelligent execution; it represents the wise selection of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” Do I really need to say anything else? Assert your right to choose.

8. You've had love butterflies or something similar

Ahh! To be in love…to feel your entire body literally react to that moment when you simply steal a glance from the one you're madly in love with. Experiencing such a natural, basic, and simple, yet passionate moment will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. You are truly blessed to have witnessed such a sublime moment!

9. You have safe drinking water

This is not to be overlooked. Do you ever watch Bear Grills and his desperate attempts to obtain a few ounces of muddy water? There are also those who are going without water not because of a survival show, but because it is their harsh reality. Around 783 million people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water. Be thankful and fully aware that, even if you don't believe it, you are doing well in life.

10. You have a dream

Whatever your dream is, it is yours to pursue. You have the ability to embrace it as well as to create it. Don't give up on your dreams or on dreaming. They are the stuff that the best parts of life are made of.

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11. Your joy is genuine

You have the ability to choose happiness in everything you do and in every circumstance. Your happiness is defined by your ability to recognize and seize opportunities to feel happy. It could be as simple as enjoying a child's laughter.

12. You've got clothes to wear

And sometimes there are too many options, which reduces your productivity, but that is a different topic. The bottom line is that you do not have to walk through the streets naked or in shabby clothing. You have the advantage of being properly dressed for every occasion and being able to protect your body from the elements. Without clothes, life would be extremely cold.

13. You are capable of forgiving

Can you imagine what the world would be like if forgiveness did not exist? Don't worry about the rest of the world; just live your life! Consider how stifled, bitter, and unhappy you would be if you were unable to forgive the mistakes of others as well as your own. When difficulties arose, it would be nearly impossible to live and certainly a nightmare to move on with life. You have the rare ability to forgive and move on.

14. You have faith in something bigger than yourself

For all the times you've been engrossed in your own little world, drowning in a kiddie pool version of life's problems, you've had the ability to step back and realize that you have something greater to live for than yourself. You can believe that your purpose, whether it is God, your family, or your friends, is to achieve something for the greater good or to simply bring honor to your God.

15. You have the opportunity to make international friends

In today's world, your best friend can be literally thousands of miles away and you can still enjoy the benefits of that friendship. You have the unique ability to be acquainted with one person in almost every country on the planet, which no other generation before the 1900s could easily do. In my opinion, your global ability to make friends is a clear indication that you are doing well in life, even if you don't believe it.

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