Want to write more books, but can’t get out of your daily grind?
Want to sell more books, but can’t stop watching TV?
Want to get in shape, but can’t stop eating cheeseburgers?
Sometimes, we get stuck in a rut and it’s hard to get out. Doesn’t matter if you want to improve your professional or personal life, it’s all just life.
Here are 5 ways you can improve the quality of your life today.
Sounds crazy, right? It’s not.
Don’t stop thinking completely. You still need to use your knowledge and experience. That’s okay.
But, when you sacrifice action for thought, that’s not okay. In other words, do more, think less.
“I think I should start eating healthier.”
“I think I should work out so I can lose weight.”
“I think I need to write more.”
You can’t make significant changes simply by thinking about things. You need to take action. Stop thinking about eating healthier and eat healthier.
Stop thinking about how your life would be better if you wrote more and start typing now.
Stop thinking about the perfect solution and start taking action. In most cases, there is no such thing as a perfect solution. You can improve and make better decisions as you move forward. But, you must get started first.
Get New Friends
If you have a group of positive, successful friends right now, you’re probably doing very well in life.
However, if your closest friends constantly criticize others, are lazy, have no ambition, or are simply not interested in growing, it may be time to look for a new group of friends.
As Jim Rohn once said, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If your five closest friends are unemployed, it’s highly unlikely that you will rise to become CEO of a fortune 500 company.
The people you choose to spend time with will have a major influence on how you live your life. Find people that are living the type of life you want to live and get to know them better.
Find people that will help you grow and get rid of those that make you feel small or hold you back.
Most people think you must take what you want in life in order to be successful. While it’s important to be proactive and take action, a major factor in success is actually giving.
Some people call it Karma, some call it generosity. Whatever you call it, giving strategically, without expectations, will help improve the quality of your life.
When you give, it makes you feel good about yourself, and it makes the recipient feel better about you too. Giving can help you build deeper, more satisfying relationships with friends, family, co-workers, business associates or even strangers.
There are numerous ways to give more. You can volunteer. You can say thank you. You can introduce people. You can give positive feedback. You can give free services. There is no limit to the number of ways you can help others through giving.
Give and you will receive.
Focus on You
People spend a lot of time thinking and worrying about things that they cannot control. Don’t be one of those people.
It can be a challenge, but if you focus on the things you can control, you will be a million times happier.
For example, you cannot change the past. Stop wasting energy reliving bad experiences from the past. You can certainly learn from your experiences, but holding on too tight is an exercise in futility.
Instead, focus on the things you can control – your actions.
If you want to be a professional singer, focus on practicing. Write music. Take voice lessons. Communicate with people in the industry. Those are things you can control.
You can’t control whether people like your music or not. You can’t control whether you win a singing contest. You can control your own actions and the steps you take every single day to get where you want to go. Constantly grow, improve, learn, practice, and focus on the things you can control.
Learn from the outcomes, consequences, and reactions, but focus on becoming the best “you” you can be.
Practice Mind Control
We are bombarded with negative information and thoughts every day.
The “news” is one negative story after another. People love to criticize others instead of improving their own lives.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of negative thinking.
“I can’t do this.”
“I’m not good at that.”
“It would be too difficult.”
Before you know it, you have a permanent attitude problem.
To change that, you need to control the thoughts in your head. We spend a lot of time trying to maintain a healthy body, but most people spend zero time trying to maintain a healthy mind.
Think of all the things you have to be grateful for. Life itself is a gift and there are numerous ways to enjoy it. If you can walk, talk, see, read, breathe and think, you have the power to do almost anything.
Control the thoughts in your mind by maintaining a gratitude journal, reading positive stories, books, or articles. Protect your mind from negative influences. Stay away from those people who thrive on constant gossip, criticism, and negativity.
If you keep a constant flow of positive, inspiring thoughts going into your head, those thoughts will guide you as you become a better person.
If you want to improve the quality of your life, you can. Make small improvements over time and it will have a huge impact on your life.
1. Stop Thinking
2. Get New Friends
3. Give More
4. Focus on You
5. Practice Mind Control
Follow the steps above and start improving the quality of your life today.