5 Steps to Change Your Life
- Change your routines
Each daily action is a part of shaping your life. If you want to achieve change, begin with the small things. Look at your routines. What is the first thing you do in the morning? Do you reach for your phone and get agitated by a stressful email, which leads you to skip breakfast? Do you keep promising yourself to work out “later” but when that time finally comes around you’re way too tired? Try a different strategy. Meditate in the morning for 10 minutes instead of checking your phone. Eat breakfast outdoors. Listen to a motivational tape while going for a run. See what happens – it may just change your life.
“Action may not always bring happiness;
but there is no happiness without action.”
– Benjamin Disraeli
- Be honest with yourself
We’re often too busy with everything we’re already doing to stop and ask ourselves if we’re actually living the life we want. And if we do, we don’t take the time to evaluate the reasons we’re not where we want to be… let alone do we pause long enough to make a change! Take a breather and listen to your heart. If the life you envisioned is not aligned with the path you are walking, then perhaps you need to take a step back and re-evaluate your choices.
“It is better to risk starving to death than surrender.
If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?”
– Jim Carrey.
- Take care of your relationships
Social media has opened up a whole world of new people to everyone, everywhere. It’s easy to think you need to have thousands of “friends” to matter, and that unless you have a whole stream of new, exciting people in your life you aren’t truly happy or successful. As a result, it is easy to forget the people that have been there all along – and who genuinely care about you. Consider spending a little more time taking care of your existing relationships, and you just may notice how much love is already in your life.
“The making of friends who are real friends,
is the best token we have of a man’s success in life.”
– Edward Everett Hale
- Forget the comfort zone
Comfort zones are progress killers; whether in business, love, travel or personal development. We all have that “thing” we’d rather not change due to fear, even though we know deep down we should. Once we dare to step out behind the safe veil of our self-imposed limitations, we may find not only a whole new version of ourselves, but that there was nothing there to be scared of in the first place.
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
– Wayne Gretzky
- Change your attitude
It’s easy to blame your circumstances and negative feelings on other people, but the truth is you are the only one responsible for your life. The next time you feel tempted to put the blame on someone else – no matter how hurt or angry you are – remember that you have the power to react differently. When you don’t react negatively, whatever happened loses power over you and you end up back in charge of your own happiness.