The last segment of things to Start Doing For Yourself
Start being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks.
– Slow down. Breathe. Give yourself permission to pause, regroup and
move forward with clarity and purpose. When you’re at your busiest, a
brief recess can rejuvenate your mind and increase your productivity.
These short breaks will help you regain your sanity and reflect on your
recent actions so you can be sure they’re in line with your goals.
Start noticing the beauty of small moments. –
Instead of waiting for the big things to happen – marriage, kids, big
promotion, winning the lottery – find happiness in the small things that
happen every day. Little things like having a quiet cup of coffee in
the early morning, or the delicious taste and smell of a homemade meal,
or the pleasure of sharing something you enjoy with someone else, or
holding hands with your partner. Noticing these small pleasures on a daily basis makes a big difference in the quality of your life.
Start accepting things when they are less than perfect.
– Remember, ‘perfect’ is the enemy of ‘good.’ One of the biggest
challenges for people who want to improve themselves and improve the
world is learning to accept things as they are. Sometimes it’s better
to accept and appreciate the world as it is, and people as they are,
rather than to trying to make everything and everyone conform to an
impossible ideal. No, you shouldn’t accept a life of mediocrity, but
learn to love and value things when they are less than perfect.
Start working toward your goals every single day. –
Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Whatever it is you dream about, start taking small, logical steps every
day to make it happen. Get out there and DO something! The harder you
work the luckier you will become. While many of us decide at some point
during the course of our lives that we want to answer our calling, only
an astute few of us actually work on it. By ‘working on it,’ I mean
consistently devoting oneself to the end result.
Start being more open about how you feel. – If
you’re hurting, give yourself the necessary space and time to hurt, but
be open about it. Talk to those closest to you. Tell them the truth
about how you feel. Let them listen. The simple act of getting things
off your chest and into the open is your first step toward feeling good
Start taking full accountability for your own life.
– Own your choices and mistakes, and be willing to take the necessary
steps to improve upon them. Either you take accountability for your
life or someone else will. And when they do, you’ll become a slave to
their ideas and dreams instead of a pioneer of your own. You are the
only one who can directly control the outcome of your life. And no, it
won’t always be easy. Every person has a stack of obstacles in front of
them. But you must take accountability for your situation and overcome
these obstacles. Choosing not to is choosing a lifetime of mere
Start actively nurturing your most important relationships.
– Bring real, honest joy into your life and the lives of those you love
by simply telling them how much they mean to you on a regular basis.
You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be everything to a few
people. Decide who these people are in your life and treat them like
royalty. Remember, you don’t need a certain number of friends, just a
number of friends you can be certain of.
Start concentrating on the things you can control. –
You can’t change everything, but you can always change something.
Wasting your time, talent and emotional energy on things that are beyond
your control is a recipe for frustration, misery and stagnation.
Invest your energy in the things you can control, and act on them now.
Start focusing on the possibility of positive outcomes.
– The mind must believe it CAN do something before it is capable of
actually doing it. The way to overcome negative thoughts and
destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are
stronger and more powerful. Listen to your self-talk and replace
negative thoughts with positive ones. Regardless of how a situation
seems, focus on what you DO WANT to happen, and then take the next
positive step forward. No, you can’t control everything that happens to
you, but you can control how you react to things. Everyone’s life has
positive and negative aspects – whether or not you’re happy and
successful in the long run depends greatly on which aspects you focus
Start noticing how wealthy you are right now. –
Henry David Thoreau once said, “Wealth is the ability to fully
experience life.” Even when times are tough, it’s always important to
keep things in perspective. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
You didn’t go to sleep outside. You had a choice of what clothes to
wear this morning. You hardly broke a sweat today. You didn’t spend a
minute in fear. You have access to clean drinking water. You have
access to medical care. You have access to the Internet. You can
read. Some might say you are incredibly wealthy, so remember to be
grateful for all the things you do have.
I have read these a few times already this year and will look forward to keeping this up all year. Share your thoughts and views.