Are you stuck in a rut and not sure what to do next? Has your vision for your life halted because you’ve lost the motivation? Have you hit a plateau?
Well, the answer to all of these questions is that you need to change the game. You’ve got to start playing the game differently and trying new things. What you’ve done in the past has got you to where you are today.
If you want your future to be different, then you’ll need to take a new set of actions. These new actions ideally will become what are called habits. They’ll be your best friend if you’ll embrace them and reward them. So it’s time to put the learner plates back on the vehicle of your life.
Here are 8 simple habits that can take your life beyond your wildest dreams:
1. Random kindness
No, I’m not joking! This habit is essential for good mental health and will improve your self-esteem. Your ego actually needs to act with compassion, and consideration towards other to feel good about it self, and when you perform an altruistic act of kindness for someone you not only show people that stranger’s care. You show yourself that all it takes to be better than yesterday is one small act.
You’ll also find that people smile a hell of a lot more at you, and you’ll quickly meet new people!
2. Tell someone what you admire about them
I’ve found that the more you tell people positive things, the more positive your outlook becomes. Everyone wants to feel good, but the amazing thing about seeing the positive in others is that your subconscious mind thinks that you are talking about yourself, the positive message bounces back at you. It works even better than having someone tell you what they admire about you and you will find that people will want you around more.
The key is not to be fake with the complement, being genuine is important because your own mind knows if you are fake. Rather than thinking in your head what you envy about someone, reframe that envy into admiration.
3. Read one non-fiction book a month
We all need mentors, but we can’t all have Nikola Tesla as our mentor partner. What we can do though is get insights from the works of others successes, just by reading one non-fiction book a month in your area of interest.
I’ve just finished reading “Why Nations Fail”, and it was like having my eyes opened to the real history of civilization. When you read, you learn different ways of seeing the world and also how people think, and you learn what it takes to be better.
You see the world through different eyes, learn different ways of thinking and maybe learn how to overcome your limitation and obstacles to achieve your own personal success.
4. Write down three things you’re grateful for
Gratitude is often a tug of war battle because we find it easy to get distracted into thinking about what we don’t have. The best way to deal with this “negative thinking” is to write down three things you’re grateful for each day.
As you do the exercise more, you’ll find that your mind becomes more creative at coming up with things you’re grateful for.
Gratitude is a reflection of a positive Mind-set, and will determine how you view yourself and what actions you are going to take. You’ve probably heard this before. “You are who you think you are”. Yet we take these little mini negative vacations in order to complain about our day or feel sorry for ourselves.
Living a positive life comes down to the difference in the Mind-set, the difference in the thoughts of the individual’s mind. Gratitude is way of taking responsibility for our thoughts, and a simple way of reprogramming the subconscious mind.
5. Three minute mindfulness
This is a terrific little mind hack. Before you go to work, or even out for the evening, take three minutes to close your eyes and notice three sounds around you. By doing this, you become mindful of the present moment, and it clears your mind and calms the spirit
By integrating mindfulness into your everyday life you reduce the need to chill out at a set time at the end of the day, and if done correctly you can stay relaxed and unstressed while still being productive at work. See also How to Practice Mindfulness Every Day
6. Take more breaks
Working around the clock without proper breaks will burn you out quickly. Life has taught me that we need to break up activities with short breaks as often as possible. Get good at resetting your thinking regularly by walking outside, or doing some activity that is unrelated to your work.
My favorites are: getting a hot cup of Green Tea and sitting outside, or simply hiding in the toilet for a 30 second mindfulness break. By disrupting your thought patterns you keep the creative juices flowing and revitalizes your mind.
7. Exercises, De-stress and Breathing
According to research, adults who exercise at least four times a week sleep much better. In addition, reported substantially less symptoms of depression, increased vitality and less common desire to sleep during the day.
Meditation, yoga and tai chi or simply walking in the morning or evenings is a great way for you to start balancing out the stress in your life.
Breathing is a major factor in reducing stress. Take time throughout the day to become aware of your breath — it’s a great way to diffuse stress levels.
Try this simple breathing exercise to bring the present moment into prospective.
- Breathe in for 4 seconds,
- Hold your breath for 7 seconds,
- Exhale breath for 8 seconds,
- Repeat once or twice more.
This breathing exercise causes an autonomic nervous system shift from a sympathetic (fight or flight reaction) state to a parasympathetic response. Use this for panic/anxiety attacks, exams, presentations, etc. you can find this Breathing to Calm Panic/Anxiety Attack
If you haven’t meditated before then you maybe interested in trying this 7 Day course: How to Meditate made Easy and begin the process of de-stressing the body and mind. or if you want a quick de-stress then this 3–minute relaxation audiois perfect for the people who are busy.
8. Cut down your to-do list
Lists of tasks that need to be done can look overwhelming quickly. Rather than writing down the hundreds of things you need to do, try prioritizing your tasks. Big long lists can stop you from taking action, and it’s better to prioritize the most important tasks, keeping the list small so that it’s achievable.
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