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How To Change Our Lives For The Better

Taking the initiative to change our situation is a terrific first step, and taking action is the next crucial step. So, here are some suggestions to help us get started on improving our lives.
How To Change Our Lives For The Better
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The world is full of possibilities, almost overflowing with them. Because of this, we often overthink and get in our own way.

Picking a destination and taking it one step at a time is the key to changing our lives for the better.

If we try to save time by taking shortcuts, we may wind up just shooting ourselves in the foot further down the road. Oftentimes, when we cut corners we end up simply making the process even longer than it would have been if we simply stuck to the plan.

That said, taking the initiative to change our situation is a terrific first step, and taking action is the next crucial step.

So, here are some suggestions to help us get started on improving our lives:

  1. Be thankful for everything we have. It improves our overall perspectives when we remember what we already have rather than worrying about what we still have yet to achieve or acquire.
  2. Begin the next day the night before. The most successful people always finish their workday by making a list of what they need to accomplish the next day. This makes it possible for our subconscious to work in the background.
  3. Don't be too confident. If we believe the world owes us a living, we should probably reconsider that attitude. If we expect too much, it's possible that we will push away things in our life that we should be grateful for simply because we feel entitled.
  4. Don't dismiss our feelings, but keep in mind that they aren't facts. Emotions should be respected—they do not need to be justified—but just because we have an emotion does not mean it's always correct.
  5. Keep an eye out for negative thoughts. We can get caught in negative feedback loops without even realizing it. However, if thoughts of helplessness and hopelessness continue to plague us, we may need to take a break or speak with someone who can assist us.
  6. Make a routine and stick to it. We are creatures of habit, and beneficial habits, such as obtaining regular exercise, improve our mood. Good habits also give us the impression that we have some control over our lives. Remember, our actions—and subsequently our lives—are a sum of our habits.
  7. Let go of grudges. We've all got them. Resentments, whether directed towards our parents, partners, classmates, or even ourselves, take up far too much psychic space for us to function well. We make our lives a lot easier if we choose to let them go. What's that old saying, "holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." So, let's learn to let go.
  8. Recognize our true selves and learn to respect who we are. We all fake it now and then, and while this might be beneficial on occasion, we should never compromise our unique principles and always aim to be our best, authentic selves.
  9. Take great pleasure in something each day. Even if a particular day is mostly monotonous, it's helpful that we always make some time for pleasure. Whether that's a great meal, a video game, or just a bit of time to do nothing—it's always helpful. Look for those small moments that occur frequently but that we often fail to notice. Make it a point to find something positive every day, and our lives will only improve. There's a quote I heard once, "appreciate the good and the good appreciates."
  10. Lastly, forgive. Forgive ourselves when we fail or act like an idiot. Forgive other people when they act the same towards us. After all, we're all just human at the end of the day.