No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress,
you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
Well here we are in 2016.
How was 2015 for you?
If you are like most people I would think that you had some great moments and perhaps a few not so great moments as well.
Life is typically a bunch of ups and downs.
You are still here though, and that’s a good thing.
Many people use the start of a new year as a jumping off point to a new and better life.
Now I am not sure how far they get with it, and I wrote about that here.
Signs It’s Time For A Change
It’s never too late or too early to be who you are capable of being. There’s no time limit, you can simply start and stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. You can make the best or the worst of it. It’s up to you, so make the best of it.
Maybe it is time for a change when…
If any or all of the above points ring true for you, read on.
Ways to Change Your Life
Make no mistake, you can change your life. Others have done it and you can do it as well. Flip the switch in your mind.
1. Choose happiness with words.
Happiness is simply a state of mind. No, I’m not implying that we can instantly heal the pain of a severe or unexpected personal tragedy just by thinking about being happy. That being said, the human brain is an amazing thing. The power of thought cannot be underestimated.
You MUST also practice the power of positive self talk. How you talk to yourself IS who you are.
2. Get uncomfortable and try new things.
Rather than dismissing yourself as unchangeable creature of habit, you can instead direct your own change by consciously developing new habits. In fact, the more new things you try – the more you step outside your comfort zone – the more inherently creative you will become, both in the workplace and in your personal life.
Routines stagnate us. New experiences help us grow and they make life interesting. The Success Principles
3. Help someone in a way only you can.
We all have natural strengths and talents that can dramatically help those around us. What comes easy for you is no doubt challenging for others. We tend to take these gifts for granted, often hardly noticing what we have to offer, and thus we rarely share them with others. Inner happiness and zeal come from using these inherent gifts on a routine basis.
4. Dedicate time to activities you’re passionate about.
Take part in something you passionately believe in. This could be anything. Some people take an active role in their city council, some join social clubs supporting causes they believe in and others find passion in their hobbies. In each case the psychological outcome is the same. They engage themselves in something they strongly believe in. This engagement brings happiness and meaning into their lives. Read The How of Happiness
5. Make small, positive changes every day.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The same philosophy holds true for making changes in your life. Making small, positive changes – eating a little healthier, exercising a little, creating some small productive habits, for example – is an amazing way to get excited about life.
And if you start small, you don’t need a lot of motivation to get started either. Just get going!
6. Acknowledge the lesson, smile, and try again.
It’s important to remember that everything is a life lesson. Everyone you meet, everything you encounter, etc. They’re all part of the learning experience we call ‘life.’ Never forget to acknowledge the lesson, especially when things don’t go your way. If you don’t get a job you wanted or a relationship doesn’t work, it only means something better is out there waiting. And the lesson you just learned is the first step towards it.
You may think your past is indicative of your future, and that you’ve been cast in an imprisoning mold. You may believe that just because you haven’t yet been successful in X, Y or Z that you will never be successful in that venture and you may as well accept your fate.
The mindset of your past being indicative of your future is a trap – an extremely easy and unnecessary trap. But the truth is, your reality can be whatever you want it to be. The limits to what you can achieve are an illusion. These achievement limits are all in your head. You’ve got to keep a positive outlook and continue to press forward through the tough times in order to enjoy the greatest moments of your life. Read The Magic of Thinking Big
7. Pay attention and enjoy your life as it happens.
There is nothing wrong with looking forward to things. I’m sure we all agree that it’s nice to know enjoyable events are coming up in our schedules. The problem is, once an event we’ve been looking forward to is upon us, we’re often already on the lookout for the next one – the next high.
Our whole lives have been leading up to every moment. Think about that for a second. Every single thing you’ve gone through in life, every high, every low and everything in between, it has led you to this moment right now.
Ask yourself this: How much of life are you actually living? If you’re like most people, the answer is likely: “Not enough.” The key is to concentrate on a little less on doing and a little more on being.
“Happiness is allowing yourself to be perfectly OK with ‘what is,’ rather than wishing for and worrying about ‘what is not.’ ‘What is’ is what’s supposed to be, or it would not be. The rest is just you, arguing with life.”
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