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10 Steps to Really Improving Your Life

Looks like I got you with my great punch line, but let’s face it, I’m not Gwyneth Paltrow and this is not goop.com, so my ideas are probably just garbage. But I do know that these things worked for me. Everyone goes through growth in their life and these are just ideas to help you decide what is best for yours.

 

  1. Get in tune with your finances and make a plan.
    If anyone is like me, I avoided looking at my bank statement for years unless I was just checking my balance. Sit down on your computer or with your printed statement and categorize everything you spend money on. Make a list on a separate paper with categories and calculate your spending in each area for the last month. You will probably be surprised at how much you spend on some things! Then budget and stick with it. This will considerably help you spend less money and give you a sense of peace you probably didn’t realize you were missing.
  1. Look ahead five years and see if what you are doing now will get you there.
    You only have one life to live, so where do you WANT to be in 5 years. Dream big and decide if you need to make some changes to get there. Are you in the line of work you want to be in? Are you in a healthy relationship? Are you making choices for other people and not for yourself? Sometimes it is hard to focus on the future when you are just happy if you make it to the end of the week. Just remember you probably need a lot less than you want and you can make your dreams (for the most part) come true if you work hard.
  1. Never stop learning.
    Find a book, app, series, class that will teach you something new. I believe idle minds lead to complacency and degeneration of your brain, but I am definitely not a doctor or scientist.
  2. Evaluate your nutritional plan.
    Are you where you want to be? Will eating what you eat now shorten your life? How will that affect your future? How will it affect your kid’s future?
  3. Get moving.
    Find a way to get some exercise each week. Take pride in your body. It is amazing how exercising helps your body. It can improve your physique, boost your mood, energy and immune system.
  4. What do you believe? Really, have you thought a lot about it?
    What are your principals? Write them down. If you do not know what they are, how can you find answers? Do a lot of soul searching. It is good to explore your spirituality.
  5. Never, ever lie to yourself. Ever.
    Every time you do something that ends up affecting someone or yourself negatively, sit down with a friend or alone and figure out why you did it. Even if it is for a selfish reason. It is better to be selfish and admit it than to be in denial and make excuses. This one is hard to do and nearly everyone is in denial or lies to themselves about something.
  6. Turn off your screens and get lots of sleep.
    Sleep is when you heal and when you dream. Our bodies need it so enjoy the sleep you get! For some really interesting information on dreams and sleeping read Jeff Warren’s The Head Trip.
  1. Stretch more.
    I would even suggest getting monthly medical massages. Your body can get really tight from sitting at work all day. Here is a link to a great restorative yoga video:
  2. Let anger go.
    It will get you nowhere in life. Holding grudges only puts you in a prison. Just think about this one thing: How is staying angry helping you at all in your life? If you cannot find a good reason, which I suspect you won’t, try to let it go. You are in charge of your own life. You have great opportunity. Choose a path that will help you move on.

 

And remember that, you can’t take everything too seriously. Have fun and enjoy the little things in life.

 

 

 

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