The Only Way to Make Positive Change in Your Life that I Have Learned
Are you looking to make a real change in life but don’t know how to get past the bucket list? Read this post to discover real ways to change your life! Every year on January 1, millions of people set a New Year’s resolution. They set out to lose weight, make more money, quit smoking or another desirable goal.
No matter the goal they set, the intention is almost always the same — to improve their lives. But why wait for New Year’s Day to make positive changes in our lives? We can do that any time of the year. In fact, today is a great day to change your life.
How do you make a real change in life? That’s the focus of today’s article as we reveal seven inspiring ways to change your life.
Find Your Unique Purpose in Life
The most important element you need to improve your life is to identify and define your unique life purpose. It’s much easier and healthier to commit to a variety of life changes if they are all rooted in something you are passionate about.
For example, successful people from Gandhi to Mark Cuban put in exhaustive work towards their goals. But they don’t have to push themselves to work hard. Rather, they are pulled to their work because they are passionate about it.
Their work is congruous with their life purpose so they perform it willingly and enthusiastically. It brings them joy. What are you most passionate about? What would you desire most out of your life?
Maybe you would like to focus more on your family or be more committed in your faith? Perhaps you’d like to start your dream business or become involved in a charitable cause you care about. If you’re not sure what it is, keep searching until you find it. Remember this famous quote from Steve Jobs:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
The best way to set goals is to establish mini-goals that get you one step closer to your ultimate goals.
Setting a goal to lose 50 pounds will be hard to keep. The distance from start to finish is too great and any failure can derail the entire effort. Rather, set a goal to lose two pounds this week. And then two pounds the week after that, and so on, until you have reached your goal weight.
Achieving small goals builds confidence and momentum. Just as important, it creates habits.
Want to run a marathon? Start by walking daily. Then run twice a week for a month. After a month, adding one or two more days or running will come naturally. You’re creating your own snowball effect, building momentum until you’re running five days a week and are in marathon shape.
No More Excuses
Excuses stand directly between you and your goals. To make a change in life, you have to adopt a no excuses attitude. Create solutions for every excuse you have for not achieving your goals. Is the TV distracting you from working on your computer? Work in a room with no television.
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When you catch yourself making an excuse, try to identify what initiated the excuse. Create strategies to eliminate excuses and force yourself to do what needs to be done.
Achieving your goals and changing your life requires discipline. Discipline is like a muscle that must be exercised to become stronger. Eliminating your excuses is the best way to improve your discipline and achieve the life you want.
Establish a Routine
Successful people live by routines. Routines are basically a way to systemize your life and leave nothing to chance.
The best routines make sure that every day, you do something to get closer to your goals. Being consistent in your efforts is the only way to achieve your goals. Routines help our consistency by making sure we do what we need to every day.
Create a routine incorporating everything important to you. If you want better health, include 30 minutes in your morning for exercise. If you want to write a book, include an hour a day for writing.
Taking daily steps forward moves you closer to your goals and establishes habits for a positive change.
Live a Balanced Life
Our happiness depends on how well we balance our lives. For example, it doesn’t matter much if you just got a big promotion if your personal relationships are in shambles and there’s no one to share in your joy.
When you’re setting your goals, and establishing a healthy routine, take care to dedicate time and effort in all area of your life, such as:
- Physical health
- Mental balance
- Spiritual well-being
- Personal financial health
Face Your Fears
It is our fears which prevent us from living the life we want.
To conquer our fears we must realize they are merely thoughts in our head. But the longer they are allowed to exist, the more real they become. Left unchallenged, we eventually accept that our fears are, in fact, true.
We know fears are a problem when we adjust our goals to avoid them. It is healthier, and necessary for success, to face and overcome our fears. It is very hard and challenging to combat our fears but the rewards are immense.
Only when we confront our fears and take control of our lives can we ultimately live the lives we’re meant to live. When fears no longer stand in our way, that’s when we can change our lives and reach our potential.
Review Your Day in Gratitude
Countless books have been written about creating the proper morning routine. They stress the importance of kicking off your day right to be more productive and achieve your goals.
While the morning routine is important, so too is your bedtime routine. Don’t overlook the power of closing your day with reflection and gratitude.
Here are three ways to end your day on a positive note.
- Do something nice for yourself. Take a warm bath, light a candle, read a book, start bullet journaling. Every night do something just for you.
- Write down any notes for tomorrow. Keep a notepad by your bed and write down anything you must remember for tomorrow. Get it out of your head so you can rest.
- Pray or have a moment of peace to clear your head. Think about everything in your life you are grateful for. You are making a choice to think about positive things, and not get stuck thinking about everything you need to do.
Change in Life: The Bottom Line
Making a positive change in life is both challenging and healthy. It’s only natural to strive for improvement and usually the journey is just as fun as the end destination.
It’s best to create incremental changes that add up over time. Start small and build unstoppable momentum one step at a time.
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