Make this the day you grab the life you want with these 10 life-changing tips.
Discover your passion
Fed up of drifting through your days with a lack of purpose and sense of fulfillment? Jazz up your routine by taking some time to consider what it is that would make you feel happy and fulfilled. What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? What makes you feel really alive? Think about the activities that have made you feel this way – even if you have to reflect back to things you haven’t done since you were child – and make a plan to incorporate these into your life.
Take a first step
As stated by the Lao Tzu, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. No matter how overwhelming your ambitions may seem, you will never achieve anything unless you take that first step and get started. Whether you want to write a novel, run a marathon or learn a new language, make today a day to remember by making it the day you start pursuing your dream.
Due to lack of time, energy or motivation, we often end up putting off our dreams and goals for “another day” which may never actually arrive. To help boost your motivation, make a commitment to doing something life-changing today, such as signing up for voluntary work abroad, entering a challenging fitness event or even signing up to an online dating site. By signing up and committing yourself in writing you will feel more obliged to go through with your plans.
Chat to someone new
Our relationships and the people we surround ourselves with have a huge impact on our happiness and quality of life. Therefore, it is important to take every opportunity you can to expand your circle of friends and make room for someone new. Whether they could be your new best friend, introduce you to the love of your life or become a great new career contact, you never know the impact someone could have on your life. Make today a potentially life-changing day by making time to chat to someone new – be it a colleague you have never spoken to or that friendly girl in your yoga class.
Make a decision
If you’ve been putting off a big decision for a while, make today the day you take control of your future and decide. Give yourself a deadline of the end of the day and spend some time seriously pondering your choices. Consider the implications of each outcome, weigh up the pros and cons and seek a second opinion to help you make the right decision. Then, once your deadline is up, go with your gut instinct and start planning for the path you have chosen.
Clear out the clutter
Our lives tend to be filled with clutter, both of the metaphorical and literal variety. To help make room for the positive new things in your life, try clearing out the junk that’s weighing you down. Firstly, have a spring clean of your home and get rid of all the stuff you no longer need. Not only will this give you space for more useful things, but it can also boost your mental health. Secondly, think about all the happiness drains in your life you may need to think about getting rid of – such as unhappy relationships or an unfulfilling job. Thirdly, try decluttering your mind by starting to let go of all the negative emotions you may be harboring.
Change your mindset
To give your mind that essential spring clean, you need to make a conscious decision to let go of negative emotions such as anger or regret or any grudges you have been holding on to. It’s not easy but it’s important to remember that holding on to these will not change the past; it will only ruin your present. Maybe consider talking to a counsellor if you think this is something you will struggle with. Also, make a decision that from today onwards you will start to adopt a more positive outlook. Try creating a “happiness diary” to help you, where you jot down the positive things that have occurred each day, no matter how little they may be.
Break a bad habit
While it will take more than one day to break a bad habit, often getting started is the most difficult thing. If you’ve been promising yourself that you’re going to ditch a bad habit for a while, make today the day you take the plunge. Set yourself a specific and measurable goal and write down how you can achieve it, breaking it down into small steps. Next, think about telling somebody about your goal. Sharing your intentions can make them seem more ‘real’ and make you more motivated to see them through.
Write it down
Once you have decided on your plan of action for changing your life and made your first steps to achieving this change, it is important to write it down. Having vague plans in your head is all well and good, but getting it down on paper will help to give you a clear plan to follow and help you feel like you are already on the way to achieving something. Write down what you have down today, what you can build on going forwards and how you can ultimately bring about the life you want.
Learn to enjoy being you
One of the biggest mistakes we too often make is relying on external things to make us happy, which means putting our happiness in the hands of fate or other people. Make a life-changing decision today to take control of your happiness by learning to be happy with who you are, regardless of the situations you are in. Make a list of all the good qualities you have to offer and all the reasons you are completely loveable, then keep this list somewhere handy to look at every time you need a boost.