7 Steps to Radically Improve Your Life
When we think about creating sweeping change in our lives, it often seems like a distant dream. When life gets in the way, it’s easy to think it’s “too late”, or that we won’t be able to restart because we are so set in our ways, whether it’s our career, finances, or exercise plan.
Instead of sticking to the same old routine, realize you can change your life in meaningful ways that will make you happier and more successful. It’s scientifically proven, and plenty of people have done it before. The one thing we should always do, as long as we are breathing, is to look for ways to grow and maximize our potential.
Here is how you can do that:
1.Design your life around happiness.
Happiness can seem like such an abstract concept. After all, a Hallmark card or Dove chocolate wrapper doesn’t exactly give you a concrete way to create a happier life.
But according to Stamford’s famous “Designing Your Life” class, you can actually hone down what happiness means to you, and restructure your life around it. Instead of just abstractly chasing happiness – they suggest you journal it daily.
Start by writing down the specifics when you’re happy everyday (what you were doing, why it made you happy, etc.). If you notice reoccurring themes or patterns, start changing your goals or routines to incorporate them.
2.Take a vacation, or at least a 10-minute break from your screen.
If you can, take a vacation: recharge, let loose, and revitalize your mind. Science says it’s the equivalent hitting the reset button on your brain: it destroys stress and gives you a much-needed fresh perspective to create sweeping change.
A Cornell University study from 2009 shows that workers who followed automated reminders to take a break from their computer screens were 13% more accurate in their work after returning.
Researchers also suggest to meditate in a quiet space or even take a walk – preferably in the fresh air if possible. Not only will your eyeballs appreciate it, your mind will have a chance to recharge.
3.Take your health and fitness to the next level.
One of the biggest mistakes is putting your health and fitness at the bottom of your priority list.People will put making money and getting the promotion ahead of taking care of the one body they will ever carry throughout their lifetimes. Little do they know, working on your health and fitness actually helps you to achieve all of those things and more.
Stop with the made-up story of not having enough time or how it doesn’t matter. Your mindset, emotional health, productivity levels and well-being all are boosted when you take your health and fitness to the next level.
4.Say “no” to everything else.
Warren Buffet reportedly said to his pilot of 25 years, “The fact that you’re still working here tells me I’m not doing my job.”He then told his pilot to write down 25 goals he was working on, and to narrow down the top 5. Buffett’s sage advice was to only follow those top 5 goals, and to say “no” to everything else.
You can do the same thing: rather than overextending yourself, start tuning up your turn down skills. For instance, if you want to start a business, learn to say “no” to frivolous activities that waste your time. When you start prioritizing yourself, positive change will arise in the blink of any eye.
5.Face your fears and Admit your mistakes.
That’s how you conquer them. Don’t dismiss them; face them. Say, Here’s what I’m afraid of.
Admit your mistakes to others. Here’s one of the best phrases in the English language: “I’m sorry.” Those words could start a whole new relationship. Admit your mistakes to yourself. You don’t have to babble about them to everyone in the neighborhood. But it doesn’t hurt you to sit down and have a conversation with yourself and say, There’s no use kidding myself. Here’s where I really am.
6.Get connected with your why.
Connecting with your why will help you to increase your energy levels, think more clearly and be able to overcome adversity and setbacks. Your why is the reason you do what you do on a daily basis. It excites you so you can barely sit still. When you discover your life’s purpose, your why, your life will never be the same again. There is no greater advantage than getting connected with your why.
7.Don’t beat a dead horse.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
If you have been trying to succeed at something for a while now and it hasn’t been working, or even more importantly, it isn’t making you happy, it is time to try something else. It does not mean that you are a failure – it means that you are smart enough to realize when something isn’t working out and that you have enough dignity to do something to make yourself happy.