How our lives are able to change is based solely on our own mindsets and imagination.
In the 1960s, people thought it was impossible to fly out into space, yet we achieved that 10 years later.
People thought the internet was a fad and that it wouldn’t go very far. Yet today, as much issues it’s created, people have used it as a platform to enrich and assist millions of people.
The list goes on and on and proves time and again that with one bold step forward, we can rise to the challenge and achieve that reality.
But how we do that and how often we achieve that really boils down to the strategies that we have in our lives. The habits that we have when we get up and how we think over the day. Here are some that I’ve been reading that are worth thinking about and implementing in our own lives if we choose to enrich our lives further.
Consider Your Direction
This doesn’t have to be a daily activity, but it is worth looking at the direction in which you are going in life and asking a few key questions.
Are you happy with the rewards that you are getting based off of the amount of dedication you are putting in in this line of work?
When was the last time you checked that you’re hitting the goals that you want to hit in this line of work?
What are the goals that are moving you forward to improve yourself in this area?
These are key questions to ask when you’re at a point where you feel stuck or you have a bit of breathing room to consider things. The idea behind this isn’t to curb your motivation if you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. Instead, it’s meant to help you focus on what you are doing and what you could do better at moving in this direction.
At this point in my life, I’ve been pursuing a writing career for almost three years. However, the first year of writing was the hardest. I doubted myself on whether I could be a good enough writer especially since I didn’t earn any kind of income from it at all. I pursued writing and dedicated to growing this skill because while writing was a good goal, my overall approach and attitude were flawed. There was no point in me changing direction at that point, especially since I didn’t really try at all.
Obviously, some people have been dedicated to things for longer than three years. These questions will help you in readjusting. I don’t believe there’s a point in abandoning something completely but I do believe in working on changing something about our attitude or our approach. By asking those questions, you’re making a more intelligent move and enriching your life.
Reconnect With Yourself
In a world built around self-improvement and people wanting to do more, we often times forget about ourselves. We’re too focused on this project or a new article, or speaking at this conference or hitting the gym that we forget the most important way of improving our lives.
It’s why I remind myself now to write in my journal. Since the turn of the new year, I’ll admit I haven’t been keeping up with it a whole lot, but I have been reminding myself enough to write things down and talk about some of the key things that are happening in my life. Any significant change in my life I’ve been writing it out and talking about it.
And that’s seriously has helped me a lot.
There is also a substantial amount of health benefits that come from just writing in a journal. But above all, it gives us the opportunity to reconnect with ourselves.
And sometimes that’s all we really need to figure out we’re going the wrong way or that we need to look at things differently. Not to mention it might prompt us to look for connections and work from the inside rather than what’s around us constantly.
Asking For Wisdom
Wisdom can come in many forms, whether it’s asking questions to others or ourselves to something as simple as reading articles like this or others scattered over the internet. Whatever the case may be, there is no shame in asking or looking for wisdom in areas that we are uncertain or feel stuck in life.
Ask a question and you’ll find an answer and more questions to ask. While it may seem depressing, do note that what moves humanity forward and what will continue to move people forward is our ability to be curious and find the motivation to seek the answers to those curiosities.
Start Conserving Your Time
Our time is precious and valuable, but more often than not we fake ourselves out with how much time we really do have. So many of us say we’ve got several years to set things right but that’s not the case. As motivational speaker Bill Baily once said:
“Start thinking in how many times.”
It really puts things into perspective just how much work and what needs to be done during that time. Sure you may have two weeks to finish an assignment or work on that project, but the reality is that you only have 14 times to sit down and do the work.
You can apply this rule into other areas of your life outside of work too.
Be Intense With Your Personal Investments
I’m not saying crank the notch from light speed to ludicrous speed, but rather put every fibre of your being into the things that you are doing right now. Whether it’s writing an article, working on a project, trying to be a better partner, trying to be fitter, for the first time start making a big deal about it.
A lot more than what you are doing right now.
But don’t go and exhaust yourself. While doing this also ask for more vitality, more strength and soul to your life. Double down on investing internally just as much as you are putting out.
Find Your Place In Life
As a leader, it’s key for me to ask what is the best way I can serve people. How can I be the best leader that’ll drive value to other peoples lives?
Even for those who aren’t in a leadership position, it’s well worth asking where and what one can do to best serve those around us. I’m not saying we all need to be bootlickers and people pleasers, but our advancement and enrichment of our lives stems from our abilities and resources. Specifically, the abilities and resources that help improve others lives in their own way.
Demand Integrity From Yourself
Put yourself into high regard and demand loyalty from yourself. Our own personality is truly what attracts others around us. People come and go and yes you will get some bad apples here and there, but the people that stay and look at your work are going to be people that are similar to you.
Do you want loyal fans? Start by being loyal to yourself and what you stand for. Be others examples and lead the way.
Get More Sleep
I’m a big fan of my sleep and for as long as I can remember I’ve never had issues with sleep. Sleep is incredibly helpful and despite some of the more intense entrepreneurs say “sleep is for the weak” it’s really not.
In fact, sleep helps our system out so much that lack of sleep will actually lead you to die from a slew of heart problems or something else.
The proper amount of sleep one needs is between seven to nine hours. So long as you’re averaging between there you’ll be good.
I understand that it can be tough. Sometimes we really want to finish off that fun activity or do one extra hour of work and give up that one extra hour of sleep. However, that one hour difference can be massive. It’s the difference between waking up the next day, focused, functioning, and productive, to being outright cranky, unproductive, and unfocused.
You don’t need a gratitude journal or anything but do take the time to look around your life and express thanks. Typically self-improvement revolves around the fact that we lack something and are working on obtaining it.
And while that’s a good thing, often times we can rely on that lack a little too much. We want a nicer car, but in turn, we slowly begin to resent the older car we drive in right now. Some of us want a bigger house, but we’re quick to ditch the really nice apartment that was actually a pretty sweet deal.
Expressing gratitude and passing it on is a way to spread joy and even helps us practice a little bit of patience as well. Recognize that there are a lot of benefits that we may not even notice when things are truly gone for good.
Talk To Yourself About What You’ll Do
One of my most defining characteristics is that I have a huge tendency to talk to myself. These days it’s automatic. It’s not that I have an obsession with my own voice (believe me, I don’t.) But it also helps me to gauge how committed I am to something.
I find what really helps me to get into the mood of things is to talk about what I will be doing rather than what I should, or I could be doing. I find that telling myself the later doesn’t spark much motivation.
I know I should be writing, but more often than not I’ll come up with an excuse or lose the mood.
Instead, it’s easier for myself to sell myself on the idea when I tell myself what I will be doing.
I’ll write this article.
I’ll work out and then do some more work.
I’ll reward my good and hard work by doing a little bit more until I feel satisfied.
There is more weight and commitment behind I will. But sometimes we need to say it out loud.
What you decide to put into your life is entirely up to you, but in the end, our own happiness boils down to everything we are doing outside as well as the inside.