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4 Signs You're Thriving in Life, Even if It Doesn't Feel Like It

We often associate thriving with great tangible things happening in our lives - a great job, material wealth, money, and so on. But I have realised that there is more to thriving than the tangibles, and in this blog, I cover the uncommon signs you're thriving in life. Watch the video instead


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It is an undeniable fact that life will challenge us as long as we breathe and walk on this earth. We will lose, and things will happen that will test our confidence, patience and willpower. And, when that happens, believing we could thrive despite our challenges can be an upheaval battle. Thriving, I've learnt, does not mean you no longer have problems or challenges. It just means you can keep those challenges from defeating you.


Below are four signs that you are thriving in life despite your challenges.


1. You Have a Positive Impact on Others

Forget being able to donate thousands or millions of pounds; if you can still set a great example to others by the way you carry yourself, inspiring them with your kind words and deeds, giving them your time and being there listening when they need you, then you are thriving. It means you are selfless, gracious and brave enough to set aside your problems and rich enough to pour into others in a way that makes them feel good about life and themselves and not want to give up. To me, that is the most precious gift you can ever give to someone.



2. You Have Peace of Mind

The more I look around, the more I realise that having peace of mind is a crucial piece of the thriving puzzle. If despite the adversity you face in this journey called life, you can remain calm, tranquil and free from crippling worry; then you are thriving. If traumatic events do not destroy your faith, but instead, you remain optimistic about a better tomorrow despite the loss, pain and failure, then you, my dear friend, are thriving.



That is not to say you will not experience pain and upheaval of emotions because you certainly will. However, the difference between someone thriving and not thriving is the ability to compartmentalise, embrace a season with all its ugliness and harness the strength to work on only the parts of your life you can control. It's riding the tide knowing and believing that this, too, shall pass. And That you will live to tell the tale and that when you do, your story will become your legacy and a source of inspiration for others.



3. You Live An Authentic Life

Thanks to the pressures of the twenty-first century, wearing a mask is sometimes enticing and appears easier than being true to who we are. We may play a role and hide our true values and personality to impress or fit into certain spaces. We constantly compare ourselves to others, sometimes allowing others to choose for us rather than determine our own path and goals. When others cross our boundaries, we may even avoid honest feedback to avoid conflict.

When we avoid walking in our authenticity, we deny ourselves the gift of opportunities tailored to our unique personalities and goals and make genuine connections with people who matter. Furthermore, we rob ourselves of the gift of discovering our true potential.



However, if you are brave enough to take that unfamiliar road of going against the crowd and being vulnerable, you have mastered the art of thriving. You thrive when you can accept who you are, embrace your unique qualities, and live your values, taking responsibility for your choices and mistakes.


Because true confidence, satisfaction, resilience and integrity are only achieved by mastering the art of managing everything life throws at your doorstep without compromising yourself in any way.

4. You Live a Life of Passion

True passion for life means having something that stirs your senses in a way that makes you want to leap out of bed in the morning. While it can be hard to imagine a life where you have nothing to live for or to give you a sense of purpose, life can throw curveballs that can make us feel as if we are doomed.


But, if after a healthy period of emotional expression has passed, you can still maintain your zest for life, doing what you love despite the challenges you face, be it volunteering at a shelter or teaching kids how to play football, that is a true definition of thriving. And if you lack the means to engage in what you love but haven't given up trying and are open to finding solutions, then you are thriving.

In conclusion, living an authentic life requires patience, the courage to show up for yourself, even when you don't feel like it and vulnerability. It is not for the faint-hearted, but worth it.


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