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5 Positive habits that will improve your life

”Now is the perfect time to start imagining all that you can do.”

 

It’s never too late to implement fresh, new habits into your day-to-day routine. As I mentioned in a former blog post (Five life perspectives to live by) – if you’re looking for a mini life-makeover, then, first things first, you need to start from within. In other words, start with your mental state, since most often it’s the root to all problems. If you don’t change what’s going on inside your mind – with your thoughts, who you are and the way you think about certain things – then it’s going to be very hard to find a new sense of happiness, contentment and inspiration.

Below you’ll find 5 positive habits to implement in 2019:

Patience

”Allow things to unfold naturally.”

I believe the main difference between successful and unsuccessful people is not the way they vary in their competencies, but the way they vary in their ambition, and desires to reach their potential. Persistence and patience is key, since good things usually take time.

Embrace life. Everything in life happens for a reason; whether the reason is for you to learn more about yourself, find your true nature or grow as a human being. You have to learn to accept and embrace all aspects of life; the good and the bad. Stop defining yourself in relationship to the events that happen in the moment, to the struggles, to the mental chatter going on in your mind. You’re not the events happening in your life; you experience these events, and how you choose to do that is up to you.

Questions to ask yourself regularly – Why are you doing the things you’re doing? What is the purpose behind your dreams and goals? It’s a great idea to reconnect to your why when you’re feeling frustrated and inpatient. Remember – it’s never too late to readjust your goals.

Reestablish your why and the reasons you’re doing what you’re doing. Connect with your purpose – write down why you like to do the things you’re doing, what would you like to accomplish and why would you like to accomplish it? If you end up realising that you hate what you’re doing than look at it as a tremendous opportunity to tap into yourself, to find your why again.

 

One book a month

”Read me slowly. My words will sing to you.”

Reading is a great way to unwind. It’s also a superb way to gain new knowledge and become more open-minded. I’ve always preferred reading to watching television since it’s a great way to boost the imagination. A great goal is to read one book a month – I think that’s more than attainable. If I have time I like to read a few chapters in the morning; fiction or nonfiction, depending on the mood I’m in. When do you prefer to read?

 

Journaling

”The journey to self-awareness.”

One of the best ways to become more self-aware is to write. Journal. The more aware you are of your thoughts and how they affect you, the more you realize just how powerful they are. Thoughts can completely turn a day around. They can turn a life around. Redirecting your thoughts, choosing more positive ones, when facing a negative situation can help you see the situation in new daylight. The understanding that no one can change your thoughts but you, should be enough for you to jump over to the drivers seat. You control your thoughts – don’t let them control you. However, you should never neglect your feelings, your emotions.

Let your thoughts and emotions flow through you by writing them down. Don’t surpress the negativity, don’t let it built a nest within you – let the feels out. Know that you are simply experiencing emotions. They shall pass, as they too are temporarily.

 

Life is an ongoing learning process

”Self-awareness = power.”

Mistakes shouldn’t be regarded as merely mistakes. Instead they should be considered as obstacles making us become better, enhancing as human beings. They’re barriers, helping us grow and improve ourselves. Without mistakes you wouldn’t grow. Nevertheless, this means you need to become self-aware. You need to be self-consious, and realize when you’ve made a mistake; otherwise you’ll never grow. You’ll keep on making the same mistake, over and over again, until you grasp the meaning behind it.

 

Being kind

”Be kind. Always.”

As humans we can choose to be a lot of different things. Nonetheless, the more I think about it I feel that one of the traits I consider as one of the most valuable is being kind. Other people will unquestionably remember if you’ve treated them well or not. How we choose to treat others says a lot about ourselves. Be someone people look up to. Give to others and help them be the best version of themselves too. At times it might be clever to be a bit selfish (don’t let yourself be manipulated by fools), however, you don’t have to be obnoxious to be successful.

 

What are your favourite healthy habits? Please share with me. 

Linda

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