Reality Check

Written by on February 15, 2011 in Lifestyle - No comments | Print this page


There comes a time in our lives when we all have to take a moment to take stock. That moment, is a reality check. We put down our crackberries, we turn off the new HD TV, remove our iPod earpieces, close the laptop and tune out the blaring reality of the world around us.

During this moment of clarity, time stands still – or so it seems. We breathe in a deep long breath. Our minds become calm and our bodies still. We either focus on one particular object in our view or we slowly look around at everything without focusing on anything. What’s happening?

A mid-life crisis? An epiphany? A nervous breakdown? Or an awakening?

Quite possibly this moment – faced by all of us at one point or another – could be all or none of the above. Simply put, it is an evaluation. We evaluate all the moments that have led up to to this moment.

As with all evaluations, this moment comes with questions we must answer. Some easy, some difficult, and some inconsequential. We look at all the choices we’ve made. Everything from our friendships, careers, lifestyle, health, relationships, religion, and family are drawn into perspective. Inevitably, we arrive at the one question that compels every single human being, every single day: Am I happy?

For those who don’t fall into either category, life is merely an existence and nowhere near the fulfilling experience it is meant to be. It’s routine, possibly empty, mundane, lacking or even burdensome. If that is indeed the case, the next question is: what are you going do about it?

Those people who know what they want, go after it and they get it. Failure is simply not an option. I know a few of these individuals. Some with admirable integrity and others with questionable scruples. They all realize that where they are in life is not necessarily who they are in life or where they want to be.


Once we all grasp and accept this concept, there is absolutely nothing that we can’t obtain. Paulo Coelho said, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

So what do you want? A closer bond with your family? A happier romantic relationship? Better finances? A healthy lifestyle? Or do you want it all? A complete life makeover. This moment of clarity will either serve to reaffirm your existence or question it. The rest is up to you.

Resolve right here, right now to live the life you want to live. Determine what you want. Make a plan to get it. Do everything possible in you power to make it happen. You owe it to yourself. You have it in you. You know you do. You’re worth it and your goal is worth it. The formula is simple, but you must be relentless in your efforts and pursuit to attain it.

Your goal can be giving yourself a complete new look, or it can be as life changing connecting with the love of your life. Just do it for crying out loud. Get out there and do it. No more excuses.

Take a look these crucial tips to improve your quality of life and then proclaim what you will achieve in the next twelve months. Put it out there and start your journey.


1. Surround yourself with positive people

2. Take care of your health

3. Have a plan and be organized

4. Exhaust your resources

5. Have faith and believe in yourself

6. Understand that YOU CANNOT FAIL if you keep going


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Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson tries to enjoy the simple things in life and writes for the Lifestyle category on Quality Life Resources. Living in the small New England town of Norwalk, CT, she looks forward to the warm summer months. To submit your own article for my category, please click HERE. View all Self Improvement articles.