Think of your best day ever. Maybe it was a seemingly ordinary day that, for some reason, was just special. Maybe it was part of an amazing, life changing trip you went on. Maybe it wasn’t just one day, but, rather, a string of days that make up some of the most wonderful memories in your life. It could have been two days ago or 20 years ago. Regardless of any of the superfluous details, you will forever and always remember that one-day. It was that special.
A few months ago, I went away with a couple of friends for a few days. While the entire trip was exceptional, we had one day where all of us looked at each other and agreed that it may have been one of the best days of our lives. And I think it really was. We were surrounded by people we truly enjoy spending time with, we were doing something fun and out of the norm, and we weren’t concerned with what was going on outside of our little bubble at that moment.
What makes one singular day in the expansive scope of your life the best day ever? It’s dependent on the person, but most “best days” have a few commonalities that tie them together. You probably are participating in an activity or pastime that you really enjoy, are surrounded by people you care about and aren’t focusing or worrying on outside issues. You’re in the moment, relishing each breath and taking in everything as it happens. You’re present in what you are doing, pushing aside the things that don’t really matter in the larger picture.
Sometimes amazing days just happen. Other times, they need a little assistance to get going. Want to create your best day? Check out these eight ways you can make today, tomorrow or any day the best day ever:
Thousands of thoughts stream through our minds every day. They cover any and all subjects, from what you’ll eat and wear today, what the weather is like and what needs to get done to the latest episode of your favorite television show and how exactly they cram all of that information into your tiny smartphone. They can be totally random or completely intentional. Your thoughts are where new ideas are born or where they disappear. Thoughts are how your life is decided.
With all of these concepts, thoughts and ideas moving in and out of our stream of consciousness at any given moment, it’s so ridiculously easy to get caught up in the little ideas and negatives – the things that really aren’t a big deal, but get blown totally out of proportion. No matter how positive or happy we are, we all have thoughts of self-doubt that question ourselves and our abilities. When those thoughts enter your mind, it’s imperative to realize that they shouldn’t be prioritized at the top of your list. They are a natural part of life and progression.
You have to be able to identify these detrimental thoughts and place them at the back of your mind. Encouraging negative thinking leads to a negative life. Giving preference to good thoughts will provide you with a positive life. Welcome the good thoughts and learn to recognize the bad ones. Happiness will follow. Check out these 9 thoughts you should never think:
There are just some people who seem to have it all. They’ve achieved success with, what seems to be, total ease. They cruise through life. Things just work out for them. Life is good.
You may think that this is attributed to being lucky or in the right place at the right time, but neither is true. In reality, their success and accomplishments come from years of mistakes, more mistakes and even more hard work. When you look at someone who has achieved relative success, you don’t see the long hours, stress and anxiety that helped them become who they are today.
During their journey, successful people have learned a few very, very important lessons. Those lessons can really only come from past experiences and perspective after everything is said and done. They’ve come from not knowing what to do next and failing over and over and over again. Because, remember, success never comes easily. It’s often a long, hard road with plenty of people giving up somewhere between start and finish. But that’s where some of the best advice can ever come from – experience.
Some of these lessons may seem like common sense, but they are often overlooked or ignored in the midst of life. Others may not be so obvious at first glance. Check out these 10 secrets of high achievers:
As technology has supposedly simplified our lives, it has, in fact, made us even busier than before. The constant connection leaves us with no time to relax and unwind at the end of the day, putting our minds on full throttle 24/7. More and more people are stretched too thin, without proper time or energy to devote to themselves, their interests and their needs. That’s a recipe for emotional and mental disaster.
There is a solution. Simplify your life. Every facet can be streamlined in some shape or form, bringing you back to a type of living that you once only dreamed of. Living a humble life will allow you to focus your thoughts and attention on what is intrinsically important to you without all of the superficial noise. Check out “Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter.”
These 6 simple techniques will help you to begin simplifying your life today:
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:
No matter who you are, what you do or how happy you are right now, you’ve probably been in a slump, or felt down, at some point in your life. A slump can be a momentary feeling of desperation or a prolonged period of despair. It can feel like the end of your world or a bump in the road. Though our individual slump may be very different than that of someone else, we all share one big similarity – the fact that we alone have the ability to pull ourselves out of that slump as quickly or as slowly as we choose.
Yes, there are outside forces, many of which are completely out of our control, that can and will influence how we feel. That can be a positive influence. It can be a negative influence. Regardless, you have the power to rise above those external powers and use your experiences to benefit yourself. Even people who have been through the most horrible of situations can find the courage deep within themselves to pick up and move on. It’s all dependent on you and your ability to motivate yourself, even when the future seems bleak.
Though it’s definitely easier said than done, all it takes is a little willpower and inspiration. You need to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. No feeling – happy or sad – is ever permanent. Feelings, moods and attitudes are closely tied to your ability to shift your outlook and perspective. You are the main factor in whether you will successfully pull yourself out of your slump or not. It’s all up to you. These eight tips will help you get out of a slump today:
As we move through our own individual lives, it’s so easy to get lost, re-routed or simply just off your planned course. So many variables continually affect how our story will end. Naturally, we all may have a plan for ourselves, but, we often say, “life gets in the way.” You hit road bumps, happy accidents and devastating pitfalls. That’s just how life sometimes goes.
What do you do when get thrown off course? Some people simply accept what has been given to them and continue to trudge through, forgetting about what they really wanted out of everything in the first place. The easy route is going along with whatever happens. But, if you are really dedicated to being the best you that you can possibly be, you’ll need to be able to successfully redirect and refocus yourself towards the goals you set in the first place. No excuses.
That’s where this post comes in. In order to refocus yourself, you must first identify what in your life needs to be changed or redirected. Questioning several aspects of your current life, situation and outlook will help you really get in there and examine where you diverged from your planned route.
In need of a little direction? Check out these 7 straightforward questions that will help refocus your life: