Everything important . . . I learned from Dr Seuss.

The 2nd of March is Dr Seuss Day (although sometimes I think every day should be Dr Seuss Day) and I thought I’d take this opportunity to discuss my all time favourite Dr Seuss book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”. A story packed with wisdom and inspiration that encourages us to persevere through life’s ups and downs, taking adversity in our stride and accepting success when it comes our way. If you haven’t read this amazing tome I strongly recommend you do so and if you have read it, why not give it another flick through.

9 Life Lessons from “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”

1. Every day belongs to you, use it how you will. You have more power over your life journey than you imagine. Your reactions determine your experiences. It is up to you how you react to situations and it is your reaction that will make all the difference.

2. You possess the skills needed to succeed. If your skills are lacking in any areas you have the ability to change, grow and adapt. You’re in control of your destiny.

3. Don’t fear or resist change in your life. Change is an inevitable part of living. It is how you react to change that determines your happiness.

4. All people (even the most successful) experience ups and downs. Some things are out of your control. It’s how you choose to handle those things, both good and bad, which helps define you.

5. Learning how to overcome your sad times will build your character. When times are tough it can be difficult to keep going, but it is necessary to do so. If you can’t see a way out of dark times, you need to seek help.

6. Don’t spend your life waiting for something to happen. Take control of your journey – Go forward, don’t stagnate.

7. Loneliness, depression and anxiety are a part of life, but it can sometimes seem impossible to free yourself from these binds. You may need help to get out of these spaces or change your thought patterns.

8. Perseverance will drive you to achievement. Learn from your mistakes and don’t give up. We all falter at times but it is important to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going.

9. Believe that ‘it will all work out in the end’. You can do it, you are strong, you are worthy, you deserve success and happiness.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss, was born on the 2nd of March 1904. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” was first published on January 22, 1990. It was his last book published during his lifetime.

If you are stuck in a slump, trapped in that waiting place or playing those lonely games, give Present Moment Psychology a call.

Written by the amazing Claire Mansveld (Writer, Chief Wordsmith at Hey Zeus Creative, http://www.heyzeuscreative.com.au/).

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