I have a favourite word. I say it every freaking day. 'Incredible'. Or sometimes it’s, 'incredibly'.
Everything is incredible in my eyes and if they're not incredibly good, they're incredibly bad.
I've been thinking about what makes somebody incredible. I thought about the people who I considered to be that good; I thought about what qualities those who are deemed incredible tend to possess and as usual, I did my research. This is what I've learned about being an incredible person.
Sometimes you have to not only think outside the box, but BE outside the box. As Marilyn Monroe said, "it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring". Go about life in whatever way you want to, regardless of how unconventional the path you choose to take may be. Incredible is rarely conventional.
Ignore the negativity of others
There will always be people who tell you that you can't, that you shouldn't and that you couldn't. The people that give you crap because they don't have the balls to be incredible themselves. Too many people are satisfied with the ordinary and prefer to sail their way through life as it is. Don't be afraid of a little unconventional thinking. Take a risk even if it is a little risky and ignore the pressure to follow the safe road.
Fill your life with things that make you happy
Life needn't be a sorry routine of 'get up, go to work, come home, cook dinner, watch TV and go to bed'. You can and definitely should make full use of that free time and fill it with activities that make you happy. Make the effort to make time for your hobbies. Relax and unwind. Take a class and learn something new. Go out with friends and family on a weekly basis. Fill your days with as much pleasure as possible and keep the happiness up.
Dream big and think small
Let yourself contemplate all those silly, unrealistic ideas. Why are they so unrealistic? Who's to say that your wildest ideas aren't achievable? They'd take a lot of work, of course, but dream big and think small. Break those ambitions down into tasks so tiny that you're no longer allowed to consider those dreams unrealistic. You're incredible, so hell yes you can achieve them.
Don't just think, do
We can all sit around and dream up something wild; our 'perfect' life. It takes an incredible person to go get themselves that life. Dreaming big is brilliant, but doing big is even better. You're going to have to work hard for the incredible life you desire, so be willing to make a reality out of those seemingly unrealistic dreams.
Be a good person
The most incredible people are those who are genuinely good. For example, those who practise generosity and care about how people are and those who avoid unnecessary bitchiness, and willingly help people without expecting anything in return. If nothing else, being a good person definitely makes you incredible.
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