It’s tough to maintain control of your life when you are constantly being pulled in a hundred different directions. Work, friends and family – they all want your attention…right now. Balancing everything and ensuring everyone is happy leaves no time for yourself and no time for what you want to do. That’s no way to live.
What type of life are you living when you’re merely existing to go through the empty and meaningless “motions?” You wake up, drive to the office, make money for someone else, come home, contend with any personal obligations, and repeat day in and day out. It’s a mediocre way to live, at best, and causes many to lose complete hope in the “light at the end of the tunnel.” Unfortunately, working harder and spending more time doing X, Y and Z doesn’t always pay off.
Today’s the day when you must take back control of your life. After all, it is your life. You only have one chance to live the best life possible, so make it amazing. Take chances, do what you love and, most importantly, be in charge of your own destiny.
What makes someone successful? Is it the amount of money they have, the car they drive and the house they live in? Or is it a warm feeling of satisfaction, happiness and serenity with the life they are living at the end of the day? Success means different things to different people based on their past experiences, current lifestyle and expectations of the people around them. The one constant is that success is often achieved through similar means, irrespective of the ultimate objective.
You can take a few simple steps every day to ensure you are on the right path to being the best you can possibly be and achieving your dreams. Check out these 11 everyday actions that can help propel your success to the next level:
Ah, thanksgiving. For the Americans among us, this week means over indulging yourself in some delicious food, kicking back with family and friends, and just plain old relaxing. While we are constantly reminded what the holiday is really about – remember, it’s in the name – many of us don’t use this time to reflect on what we are thankful for or even really express that we are thankful for anything in the first place. Why?
Perhaps it’s the overwhelming nature of the holiday season in general or preoccupation with the associated things that come along with that time of year – shopping, parties and presents. The holiday season is full of excitement infused with a bit of organized chaos. Don’t let that chaos drag you away from remembering what the season is really about – reflecting on your life and being thankful for what you do have.
We often think of showing gratitude as work, not part of our every day existence. Take the sentiment that is supposed to be felt during the holiday season and spread it throughout the year. Look at what you are thankful for in your life each and every day – not just for one day, week or a short period of time every year. Express thanks to those around you for all that they do. Such a simple thing can make a good relationship great and a great relationship even better.
Always be thankful for your life, your friends, your family, your health and your career. Even if it doesn’t seem that great to you, chances are it’s probably a whole lot better than some other people have. Be grateful for what you have, not upset over what you don’t. Things can always be worse. You frequently don’t realize what you have until it is gone. Appreciation of what you have and what you have achieved, regardless of how big or small that accomplishment is, truly puts life and the world into clearer perspective.
Tell people what you are thankful for this holiday season. Show others that you are appreciative of what they do. Express gratitude to the ones you care about. Check out these four easy ways you can show you are thankful:
I had my iPod on shuffle while walking my dog yesterday. So many songs that I hadn’t listened to in years came through my headphones, bringing back varying memories associated with those melodies – some good, some not so good. It’s amazing how a song can literally take you to a moment in time. One song came on – “Soco Amaretto Lime” by Brand New – and I was instantly transported years back. There is a line in this song that says, “I’m gonna stay 18 forever, so we can stay like this forever.” This was my absolutely favorite song when I was 18. I didn’t think life could get better than it was at that time.
Though my life has vastly improved since I was 18, as I imagine is the case for many of us, I think some of that nostalgia is rooted in a few key, simple facts. Youth brings back a sense of freedom and fun that isn’t always evident as we get older. The idea of being 18 is probably better than actually being 18 again, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things we can take from the overall concept and apply it to our lives now.
As we grow up, we lose a few of the essential elements that made being young so much fun and so exhilarating. We accept what we are doing and move on with our lives without any question or dissent. Check out these 18 ways you can utilize the idea of youth and stay 18 forever:
Every day we make decisions. Some are trivial: what do I wear, which shirt should I buy, or what should I eat for lunch? However, others are far more critical in the grand-scheme of life.
When we face substantial decisions, they can feel incredibly daunting and evoke numerous negative emotions. Even though we make many big decisions in our lifetimes, somehow they don’t seem to get any easier to make. We can waste so much time and energy trying to make the “right” choice, and we sometimes even refuse to make a decision altogether. This list is meant to make your decision-making process a little simpler with some straightforward tricks to making those tough decisions.
Don’t rely on others
What do you do when you have a difficult decision to make? For most of us, a phone call to a friend or family member is a logical first step. We tend to search for guidance or some type of advice, but in reality, it is likely that we just want someone to confirm what we already know in our hearts. Many of us are bad at taking advice from others—even when it makes perfect sense. We usually decide what we feel is best, not what anyone else feels is best for us.
Close your eyes and picture what your perfect life would look like. Maybe it’s a dream job, unique personal goal or lifestyle that you envision. Perhaps you want to travel without a care in the world or simply wake up each and every day happy. Whatever you imagine, it can come true. All it takes is personal reflection on your current situation and willingness to make changes without fear of failure or rejection. Molding your ideal life may take time, but the final product will be rewarding enough to make it worth your while.
Find out how to create the life you really want below:
When the cloud of melancholy descends on your life, which happens to all of us from time to time, it’s important to remember that the despair is only temporary. Though this is hard to do when you are in the moment, it’s a vital cornerstone in coming out of whatever hardship you face as a better version of yourself.
Bad things will always happen, there is nothing you can do to control that. What you can control is your attitude towards them and how you deal with each situation. Maintaining a balanced sense of good and bad, right and wrong, and positive and negative provides the leverage needed to propel you out of any troubles.
As C.W. Lewis once said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” Check out these 20 thoughts that will help bring light and clarity to your life during difficult times: